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.
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"I want to tell a story that inspires people to feel good about themselves, but also I'm making a commentary about the lack of female stories and female directors and saying this should change," said @imheathergraham on her latest project "Half Magic." The comedy feature, which the actress wrote and directed, is based on her own struggles as a woman in show business. Read @andrewnodell's full interview with Graham on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @jgreenery)
@meltcosmetics cofounders @lora_arellano and @danabomar built their brand on a single idea: a true matte lipstick. To set the brand apart, they said they always put their customers first –– including a personalized note in each package. #wwdsummits #wwdbeauty
@moncler unveiled its latest project, #MonclerGenius, yesterday at Milan Fashion Week. The Italian outwear maker gave show-goers a preview of the monthly collections – which were created by eight designers and creative talents including Pierpaolo Piccioli, Simone Rocha, Craig Green and more – that will start rolling out in the summer.