Speaking from the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens on Thursday afternoon, prior to the evening display, Philips explained he created a “simple, beautiful face for everybody, and then we added a bit of a conceptual twist — a little bit different for each model.”
Dior creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri had shown Philips a photo of a woman with wet hair on which pearls were glued. He noted that in the collection there are lots of pearls on accessories and fabrics, but also a sporty element and fine draping.
Chiuri also mentioned as inspiration to Philips the Greek gallerist Alexandre Iolas, who represented many Surrealist artists.
To keep a pearl-bedecked beauty look from becoming too precious, Philips opted for a surrealistic take. Some models had pearls decorating the inside corners of their eyes, while others had them affixed on the inner and outer corners or entire eyes framed with pearls.
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“I thought it would be interesting to play with that, because one of the most iconic things about Greek culture is the Greek eye,” said Philips.
To obtain the look of the show, he used an especially conceived, new limited-edition eye shadow palette, called 5 Couleurs Couture Cruise 2022. Other key products included Dior Prestige La Micro-Lotion de Rose, Dior Backstage Face and Body Primer 001 Universal, Dior Backstage Powder-no-Powder, Diorshow Kabuki Brow Styler and Dior Addict Lip Glow 000 Universal Clear.
Guido Palau created the bejeweled hairstyles.
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