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Backstage at Giambattista Valli Spring 2016 Couture

WWD went behind the scenes at the fall show.

PARIS – The beauty look at Giambattista Valli’s spring 2016 couture show had an early Kirsten Owen and Stella Tennant vibe.


“We were looking at references from some shows during the Nineties, where the girls had more of a tougher tomboy look to them,” said hairstylist James Pecis.


Valli also wanted a just-out-of-the-shower feel to the models, prompting Pecis to use Oribe Maximista Thickening Spray and Supershine Moisturizing Cream to give tresses a heavier feel and lots of shine.


He parted hair to the side, sweeping it back into a low ponytail.


“We wanted to use these headbands in a very Nineties way,” he said, referring to grosgrain ribbon attached with elastic.


With similar imagery in mind, makeup artist Val Garland, working with MAC Cosmetics, placed the focus on models’ skin.


“So basically, it’s just about skin prep, about hydrating,” she explained.


Garland applied to models’ faces Lightful C Marine-Bright Formula Softening Lotion, serum, moisturizer and – in some cases – a touch of oil as a highlighter and Studio Waterweight SPF 30 Foundation. She also rubbed lips with a Q-tip to bring out natural color, then applied a balm.