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Beauty’s Madcap Runway Act

Beauty's in the detail of haute couture, and this season was no exception. But rather than creating Ladies Who Lunch looks for models strutting down the...

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Christian Dior: Makeup by Pat McGrath; hair by Orlando Pita.

Delphine Achard

PARIS — Beauty’s in the detail of haute couture, and this season was no exception. But rather than creating Ladies Who Lunch looks for models strutting down the runways here this week for the spring season, hairstylists and makeup artists alike concocted otherworldly creatures, many with a modern twist. At Christian Dior, for example, makeup artist Pat McGrath conceived five extravagant looks, one of which included eyes surrounded with sequins, pieces of paper in acid-bright colors and iridescent paillettes “for the illusion of poisonous flowers,” she said. Coifs, too, had a “futuristic” take, according to hairstylist Orlando Pita, who fashioned tresses into architectural updos or “frizzy, flying saucers.” So, too, did they at Armani Privé, where heads were spangled with shards of black Perspex by hairstylist Paul Hanlon.

This story first appeared in the January 25, 2008 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

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