PARIS BEAUTY SPOTS
PARIS — While the shows this week seemed to have more than their fair share of “au naturel” looks, there certainly was no lack of creativity. Here, the ones we most remember, as well as some we’d prefer to forget.
Most controversial: Weeks will pass before talk of the black face (and arms and hands and hair) at Viktor & Rolf will die down.
Most likely art-school graduate: If the models-turned-trolls at Junya Watanabe didn’t receive a tub of Queen Helene conditioner, they got a raw deal.
Most whimsical: The gold sticker appliques and crowns of braids made for a festive groups of gypsies at Christian Dior.
Most over-the-top: Anyone who wondered where all the hair extensions were needed to look no further than Jeremy Scott’s Seventies’ lionesses.
Best look to bed with: The Jean Harlow dolls at Olivier Theyskens reminded us what old-fashioned bedroom seduction is all about.
The “Applied too much? Make it work” award: Dick Paige’s overzealous blushing on cheeks and forehead at Celine gave the models a refreshingly outdoorsy windburned look.
Most unique makeup tips: It’s a tie between Pat McGrath’s use of eyedrops to loosen up eyeliner, and Dick Paige smearing off the gray-black eye shadow he’d only minutes ago applied.
Most unique styling aid: Guido Paulo’s liberal use of Neutrogena Rainbath Dry Oil Spray to achieve that “Danced all night” look.
Most elegant hair: Orlando Pita’s Ali McGraw-meets-Eva Peron knotted twists at Yves Saint Laurent
Most beautiful makeup: Pat McGrath’s class acts at Yves Saint Laurent.
A star is (re)born: The Hollywood eyebrow at Valentino, YSL, Ungaro and Theyskens.
Evidently held up in customs: Lip gloss or anything shimmery.
Most common quote from a makeup artist: “This is a girl who just likes to go out and have fun with her friends.”
Anonymous quote of the week: “I can’t get over the lack of hygiene of some of the new girls. It’s as though they’ve never heard the word Bic.”
PUMPING UP THE VOLUME: Look out, Mark Ronson. Mix Master Eugene is in the house! As if being the most sought-after runway hairstylist weren’t enough, it seems Eugene Souleiman is also responsible for the groovy music that’s encouraging happy feet backstage before showtime. For the last few seasons, along with the straightening irons and thickening lotions, Souleiman has also toted along his boom box, infusing a potentially stressed atmosphere into foot-tapping central. “I’m into UK Garage music at the moment,” professes Souleiman. “It’s slightly Indian, slightly Caribbean, and it’s really sweet with deep baselines.” His picks of the week: “Art and Life” by Beenie Man; “Sound of the Pirates” by deejay Z Bias; “Reappraisant” by Roni Size; and the Gorillas new single. When requested sweetly enough, friends have received their very own copy soon after.
VIP PAMPERING: It will be possible to get the treatment — beauty treatment, that is — at L’Eclaireur, the hip, Right Bank multibrand retailer. Starting in May, faithful customers of the store and of By Terry haute couture makeup can sign up for a pampering in a new VIP lounge. Its menu will include makeovers, pedicures and massages, by appointment only.