Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Christian Dior

Senior Beauty Editor Celia Ellenberg's take:
Backstage at Christian Dior, nary a stick-on paillette or faux fringe could be spotted between the hair and makeup stations. No elaborate headpieces, crazy lipsticks, or redrawn, drag show-worthy eyebrows, either. Instead, Pat McGrath used a neutral color palette to create a clean, pretty face. Were we at the right show? "It's just simple beauty," she explained, uttering the S-word here for the first time in recent memory. "They really wanted the girls to be minimal," McGrath continued of the direction that Bill Gaytten gave his design team for Fall. "And they wanted that to be the inspiration for the makeup as well."

This meant a swipe of gold shimmer on the top of cheekbones and across the eyelids, which had been stained with a wash of brown to carve out definition on the runway without the heavy smoke of a black or navy shadow. "We're using lots of mascara," McGrath pointed out, exaggerating top and bottom lashes while lining the inner rims of eyes with a beige pencil to open them up a bit. Lips were kept natural with a finger-patting of clear balm—a move that epitomized the bare-bones beauty that reigned here today.

"Dior created a New Look in 1947, and we're creating a new look for 2012," Orlando Pita surmised, fashioning deep side parts that he spritzed with his T3 Control Heat-Seeking Hair Spray and gathered into a long, low-lying ponytail. "I don't like the wet-gel, stuck-onto-the-skin look," he explained, referencing some other side-parted, finger-combed ponytails that have seen time on the runway this week. Instead, Pita's side-sweeps were perfectly kempt, striking that balance between tough androgyny and ultra-femininity.

There was one wacky element, though, in the form of a texturized gold and khaki manicure created with Dior Beauty's forthcoming crackle polish. You may remember crackle polishes as last summer's nail trend du jour (before magnetic lacquers but after nail art pens). The specially formulated varnishes apply smooth and then slowly break apart, leaving behind a shattered appearance. What does Dior's offering bring to the table? Well, seeing as how it's Dior, the effect looks less like broken polish and more like…snakeskin. True luxury brands leave no detail overlooked.
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