4 posts tagged "Christian Dior Couture"
The international fashion circuit has decamped to Russia for the start of Moscow fashion week, which means a whole new showcase of local sartorial talent is under way. Still, there was a hint of Paris floating around backstage at the Domus Academy Collective Show, where makeup artists took a page out of Pat McGrath’s Dior Couture handbook, adhering crystals to lacquered red lips. Imitation is the highest form of flattery, as they say. Which version do you like better?
Throwback Thursdays is a new feature on Beauty Counter in which we pore over the pages of our favorite glossies from decades past in search of a little modern-day makeup and hair inspiration.
The Model: Yfke Sturm
The Moment: Shorn Locks
The Motivation: While making the cut is nothing new (see Audrey Hepburn, Mia Farrow, Twiggy, etc.), it has quickly gained popularity in the past few months. From Karlie Kloss’ Fall bob and Edie Campbell’s black shag that inspired a runway’s worth of imitations at Marc Jacobs, to Ulyana Sergeenko’s Dior Couture homage pixie, we haven’t been hurting for chop-shop inspiration. But this 1999 Paris Vogue snap of model Yfke Sturm still jumped out at us. Something about the nineties-era Dutch stunner’s micro-fringe and razor-trimmed ends paired with her icy blond color and pastel lilac eye shadow is exciting in a whole new, old way. Save it in the binder of tearsheets you plan on taking with you to your stylist in the coming months.
Last season, Pat McGrath revealed a little-known fact about newly named Christian Dior creative director Raf Simons: The king of minimalism’s girl “loves makeup.” For Spring, that affinity resulted in hand-beaded eyelids that had been treated with colored cream pigments in elongated shapes—a form of adornment Simons apparently liked so much, he ordered it up again for couture yesterday in Paris, this time leaving the lips to do the talking.
Lining models’ mouths with a palette of lip pencils in fuchsia and red, McGrath slicked on Dior Addict Gloss in Diablotine #643 and Princess #553 to serve as a veritable glue for the application of individual Swarovski crystals, which were placed—one by one—in painstaking succession. Brows were groomed, often bleached, and filled back in with a tawny tone, while lids were given a soft, pastel gray contour through the crease courtesy of Diorshow Mono Eyeshadow in Grège #726 as well as the added drama of a black cat-eye. The simplicity of Guido Palau’s gelled-down pixie-cut wigs—an homage, apparently, to one of Monsieur Dior’s favorite in-house models and Audrey Hepburn, whom Simons mentioned as an inspiration for the show—prevented the glitz from becoming too costumey, something we never thought we’d say about pout bedazzling. But all bets are off when McGrath and Palau join forces.
A curious retro beauty movement has gained steam over the past few weeks, as a collective homage to old Hollywood hairstyles seems to have taken hold of the runway and the red carpet. Pin-tucked faux bobs were spotted backstage at Christian Dior Couture last week, and then there’s the uptick in marcel waves with both Katherine Heigl and Keira Knightley sporting side parts and soft bends that segued into low chignons last night at the Paris premiere of One for the Money and the U.K. premiere of A Dangerous Method, respectively. You can chalk it up to awards season being in full swing, and we couldn’t be happier to see classic coiffure back in the spotlight. You too?