August 31 2014

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Balenciaga Wears The Crown


Balenciaga is one of the hottest tickets at Paris fashion week, which means that while getting a seat can be difficult, getting backstage is pretty much impossible. Without access to watch Pat McGrath and Guido Palau work their beauty magic on girls like Kasia Struss, Liya Kebede, and Saskia de Brauw in person, we resorted to the next best thing: our live stream, during which we noticed a flicker of light in models’ hair each time they turned a corner on the labyrinthine runway. Barrettes, we ultimately deduced! Gold barrettes! It’d be a little while before we caught up with Palau today to confirm our suspicions, at which point he proved us wrong. “They were hair combs,” he said before backtracking. “They were exquisite hair jewelry, actually,” he rephrased, describing the gilded bands Nicolas Ghesquière designed to wrap around the backs of models’ heads in a few different styles including a plain gold half moon, a version with winding silver branches around the original plain gold base, and the one at left, with upright branches that had a Greek mythology quality to it. “They really had a weight to them,” Palau elaborated, insinuating that the accessories were likely incredibly expensive to make—and therefore that much less likely to be produced for the masses. A girl can dream.

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