Avatar, The Backstage Beauty Look-------
OK, OK. Forget what we said yesterday. Jean Paul Gaultier’s beauty look is now the least street-ready to come out of Couture week. The Mexico-meets-Avatar theme may have threatened to upstage the clothes, but it made for some memorable hair and makeup magic, courtesy of the backstage brain trust that is Tom Pecheux and Odile Gilbert. James Cameron’s Pandoran jungle brought to mind images of beetles for Pecheux, who re-created the bugs’ iridescent shells on models’ eyes with gorgeous, interweaving strokes of red, teal, gold, emerald, and violet. Lips, too, sparkled in metallic earth tones. As for the hair, Gilbert took her cues from conquistadors and (surprise!) Jane Campion’s film The Piano. Using braids, Gilbert strung up the hair into a series of intricate, otherworldly designs. You’ll likely never end up emulating the full look in public, because, let’s face it, the sheer art on display probably exceeds your skill set. It certainly does mine. But some things are better left to marvel at, anyway.