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.
Assouline is paying homage to the late Azzedine Alaïa with a reprint of "Alaïa Livre de Collection.” The book is comprised of photographs of the designer's summer 1992 runway show with models Christy Turlington Burns, Naomi Campbell and Tyra Banks, pictured here at right. #wwdfashion #alaia #tyrabanks
Fall 2018 accessories take on a painterly hue, with Nebulas Blue among Pantone’s top 10 colors of the season. (📸: @jonghyupstudio ; editor: @twallz21 ; stylist and set designer: @haideefindlaylevin ) #wwdaccessories
@americanapparelusa is relaunching the brand outside of the U.S. today, opening its online store to more than 200 countries. The company is also contemplating a return to brick-and-mortar, though details have not been confirmed. In tandem with the expanded distribution is a recasting of a social media ad campagn, called “Back to Basics,” pictured here, with a focus on diversity and a cast of models above the age of 21. Read more on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Exclusive: @britneyspears is continuing to expand her brand. The pop icon, who appears in @kenzo ’s latest campaign, is partnering with Epic Rights to launch a line of branded merchandise. Read @hernameislex ‘s story, link in bio. #wwdnews #britneyspears
The Duchess of Cambridge channeled Princess Diana’s look upon giving birth to Prince Harry, when she and the Duke of Cambridge departed the hospital with the new baby Prince this afternoon in London. #wwdeye #princeofcambridge
The new Prince of Cambridge has arrived! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge posed with the 8-pound newborn. She wore a look from one of her go-to designers, @jennypackham. Tap link in bio for more. #wwdeye #princeofcambridge
Jewelry label @alisonlou has made a name for itself with fine jewelry that speaks to the Millennial market. Now @twallz21 reports that the label is bringing those playful ideas to a new affordable line of lucite hoops with the launch of Loucite by Alison Lou. Here’s a look from the line modeled by @emrata. #wwdaccessories
@sarahjessicaparker and @gilt are teaming up on a bridal ready-to-wear line. Tomorrow, Parker will launch SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Bridal — and as part of the launch, Gilt will offer 15 exclusive styles from the SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker footwear collection that were designed to complement the new line. Made out of 10 styles, the line is designed for a variety of occasions, from bridal showers to receptions. Get more details on WWD.com #wwdfashion