As has been the case in today’s eye-centric beauty landscape, there was no shortage of black and brightly colored eyeliner. Among the most notable were the punk-trending designs worthy of Siouxsie Sioux: check out Chloe’s surf punk slashes, Dior’s razor-sharp double-edged liner, Balenciaga’s jagged cybergoth films and, of course, the various spiky shapes. at Valentino. The professional advice to remember? “The liner should stay as horizontal as possible,” explains Hannah Murray, the pro behind Chloe’s designs. “It shouldn’t be tilted upwards because it doesn’t sound punk.”
Lips that shine
There are no limits on shine and texture when it comes to lips this season. The most lavish take on this notion came from the Acne show, Peter Philips embellished pale peach pouts with layers upon layers of holographic glitter. At Giambattista Valli, Isamaya Ffrench styled her coral lips with a clear and ultra-shiny gloss. Lacquered lips also added a dose of translucent shine at Koche and Nina Ricci. The fact remains: Lip gloss is one more thing.
From slightly damp to cinematographically drenched, there was an array of wet strands on the Parisian slopes. Embodying the latter were the lengths “stranded at sea” at Vivienne Westwood, which seemed soaked thanks to the prosthetic water droplets which had been dispersed through them by Ffrench. Chloé, Lanvin and Miu Miu offer shower outlets that are a little more refined and fresh. In that sense, a hint of shiny, sculpting product goes a long way.
Fancy dye jobs
Real or not, a shocking dye job will always be a pleasure on the track. One of the most talked about moments of the week was the presentation of choppy wigs at Loewe, which hairstyling legend Guido Palau brought to life in collaboration with Davide from Blanche Milano. Cast in shades to match the collection like peach pink, deep turquoise and amethyst purple, they were designed to be an accessory in and of itself. Directional interpretations of the fancy color have also appeared at Dries Van Noten, with his line of neon weaves woven and printed with graphics, and Valentino, where the fluorescent lilac waves of a model dazzled viewers.
Of course, the Paris Fashion Week drama wouldn’t be complete without some surreal glamor. One of the most breathtaking moments was Givenchy’s take on exaggerated lashes, with wing-shaped feather bangs placed along the outer corners of the eyes. Then there was the Kenneth Ize show, where makeup artist Fara Homidi overturned traditional ideas of the face as a canvas by painting a model’s nose in metallic gold; the golden statement as striking – and the swiveling head – as a surreal gem. And on that note there were, of course, the elongated gold-plated talons of Schiaparelli’s signature.