Haute couture has always been the stuff of dreams. And this was no truer than during the fall 2007 shows held in Paris last July. Backstage at the shows, hairstylists and makeup artists worked their magic, weaving together disparate themes and materials. At Jean Paul Gaultier, for instance, hairstylist Odile Gilbert created crowns out of real hair—true extensions of models’ coifs that ended in ponytails. More morphing took place at Christian Lacroix, where she orchestrated undulating, faux jewel-, ribbon- and fur-bedecked dos. Gilbert said she took a cue from former Empress Sisi of Austria and from Africa. “You don’t know if it is fur or hair,” she said bemusedly. Makeup, too, belonged to the realm of fantasy, especially around the eyes. They were the focus on numerous runways, including Chanel, Armani Privé and Dior. At Gaultier, where models’ eyes were encircled with color, makeup artist Tom Pecheux gleaned his inspiration from textile prints. Stéphane Marais, meantime, swept hues across eyelids at Lacroix, saying that with such an accent, models seemed “possessed.” Not so at Givenchy, where makeup artist Aaron de Mey said he was inspired by Catherine Deneuve for the “light, beautiful and sophisticated” look he created. Each fashion house might have had its own vision of beauty, but altogether, the women of the season looked strong and sophisticated.
Givenchy Hairstylist Luigi Murenu created crimped bangs and slick chignons. “We always do soft, long hair for Givenchy,” he says. “This time, it has a little more of a punk attitude.”
Armani Prive Makeup artist Aaron de Mey’s smoky eye with invisible brows offset Giorgio Armani’s masculine/feminine collection to perfection.
Gaultier Created by hairstylist Odile Gilbert, crowns entwined with hair created a spectacular extension of coifs ending in ponytails at Jean Paul Gaultier.
Lacroix Makeup artist Stéphane Marais designed a “very strong, smoky eye” at Christian Lacroix, an accent, he said, that made the models looked "possessed.”
Chanel Makeup artist Peter Philips created an enchanting winged look for the model’s eyes, using whimsical sequins and feathers as decorative elements.
Elie Saab Slicker-than-slick chignons with side parts, created by hairstylist Franco Curletto, combined with makeup artist Gordon Espinet’s smoky eye and pale mouth quietly complemented sophisticated sequin-encrusted gowns.
Dior Celebrating his 10th anniversary with the house, John Galliano’s extraordinary Dior collection was inspired by painters, illustrators and photographers. Makeup artist Pat McGrath and hairstylist Orlando Pita followed suit, creating individual looks for each model based on her persona. The result was as magical as it was beautiful.
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye