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The styles Guido Palau crafted at Dolce & Gabbana’s Spring 2014 show were literal treasure troves of leaves, flowers, jewels, and antique-like coins. For the designers’ Alta Moda couture collection, however, the hair accouterments have blossomed. Model Samantha Gradoville snapped this photo from backstage with fellow catwalker Maud Welzen. The flora appears to be crafted out of fabric—meaning these headpieces are guaranteed to last longer than your standard bouquet.
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The Model: Laetitia Firmin-Didot
The Moment: Bold Baubles
The Motivation: There was many a gem on the Spring 2014 runways—and we’re not talking about your standard bangle or statement necklace. The soft, braided updos at Dolce & Gabbana were laden with treasures, ranging from leaves to antiquelike gold coins. Jason Wu got in on the action with rose gold barrettes, while a sprinkling of iridescent flowers decorated ponytails at Honor. And it’s not just this season that we saw various accessories affixed to models’ heads: For Fall 2013, Rodarte offered up barbed-wire headbands, Meadham Kirchhoff embraced diamante barrettes, and Dolce & Gabbana once again sent out a bevy of luxurious crowns (this time inspired by the Byzantine Empire). While we don’t suggest you head to work wearing a tiara, we do encourage the use of a few choice jewels—such as the subtle yet elegant choices in this image, shot by Neil Kirk for British Vogue.
“It’s not about doing fantastical hair anymore—it’s about simple parts and color,” said Guido Palau about the trend for Spring 2014 at an industry event last night. But there was one exception to the rule, he explained: Dolce & Gabbana. It was there that romance and Romanesque updos reigned supreme—adorning them with everything from almond tree blossoms to antique coins. The final look, he described, is “all the things a girl wants to be at some point.” When the models finally hit the runway to music by Nino Rota from various Frederico Fellini films, and blush-colored petals gently cascaded down from the ceiling in the background, it was, in a word, enchanting.
For all the behind-the-scenes beauty details, read this month’s Backstage Confidential.
When Dolce & Gabbana’s holiday collection of corresponding lipsticks and nail polishes crossed my desk, I of course expected opulence (gold tubes and jeweled caps—done and done). What I didn’t count on, however, were emerald, amethyst, ruby, and gold bullets that were reminiscent of the mosaics that spurred the lavish pieces in the designers’ Fall 2013 collection. After tearing off their tops like an adrenaline-fueled kid on Christmas morning, I slicked on each shade thinking that the finishes would be sheer and barely detectable like so many black lip glosses that came before them. Wrong again. Two coats provided rich, opaque hues that are normally only offered by brands that cater to backstage pros and the theatrical set. The mastermind behind these treasures for the modern, party-hopping woman is none other than Pat McGrath, who designed the lacquers and lipsticks to be worn like jewelry. Let’s just say a luminous green mouth and mani are guaranteed to make just as much of a statement as one of the house’s Byzantine-inspired crowns.
Dolce & Gabbana Sicilian Jewels collection will be available November 15; lipstick, $35 each, nail lacquer, $24 each.