I’m bringing you a look at the Dior show’s beauty while I process my thoughts on the clothes - maybe I hate it less than I’ve hated everything else Raf Simons has done for the label?
Anyway, here’s Kasia backstage showing off the gold brows and slick of pastel mint eyeliner. I like this beauty a lot, I must say. It’s been an extremely dull fashion season, makeup-wise, so it’s nice to see a look that’s even marginally conceptual. Obviously, I would wear the whole thing as is, but there’s a few takeaway messages here which could be incorporated into a more everyday look for the crazy beauty-shy among us.
I think the green eyeliner has been done with a liquid eyeliner - at least that’s what it looks like to me. In the absence of a fancy Dior product, I’d suggest a loose pigment (Illamasqua, Mac or Sugarpill I imagine would have something suitable) with a liquid solution (again, Mac and Illamasqua both do one) and a fine brush, or else a pencil if you can find one, though you probably wouldn’t get quite such a delicate effect.
For the gold brows, I’m not quite sure what they used. Style.com doesn’t have any beauty notes for this show - maybe Into The Gloss or someone like that might do a feature later. Around the eyes I’m seeing just a loose shadow, applied quite broadly. For the brows, I think they might have penciled in a shape first using a very light product, to give a nice defined line and also something for the shadow to stick to. Then shadow, then clear brow gel to set? Either that, or again a specialised Dior product just for this show (gold brow gel?? I’d buy that!). Still. I like this and I think I’m going to try it out myself!
Tentative claps, Raf.
Oh wow, the last few looks of the Dries Van Noten show were gorgeous. I thought the whole show was very nice, refined eclecticism, which is after all how he do, but this closer stood out in particular. Gorgeous textures, colours and shapes.
Well THIS is genius. They’ve gone on this cute Ancient Roman jaunt, following the last few season’s Sicilian vacance. And now we have this boxer’s belt made of a stylised Roman coin. Obviously I like. On further consideration, this collection has some very bright points.
THIS however - 10/10, would wear. Artemis/Diana (as the Goddess of the Hunt) is kind of my hero.
Aymeline and numerous other babes aside, I don’t totally love this collection….sorry :’( I feel like Balmain’s RTW lately has been skewing a bit.. 80s? Is that what I mean? Some of the fabrics & construction is starting to look a little cheap - especially in contrast to the couture collection, which was just so gorgeous.
You can see threads of the same ideas coming through here (the lantern-shaped skirts, the Blamain [typo and it stays] shoulder-redux, etc), but I’m not 100% feeling the execution. This is one of the instances where I think if the girls and the styling weren’t so beautiful, I wouldn’t like the collection half as much as I do. Good contrast to the NY shows at least where I felt like half the time the styling was so bad it was fighting the clothes. Not ideal.
Christ take her, this is literally the only girl in the whole show that style.com hasn’t identified. Beautiful girl, beautiful coronet, off to construct one out of alfoil, brb.
Oh Karlie! You divine imperial princess!
Now one thing about this collection I must say - I don’t want to see a single piece of this collection broken up and paired with any lesser items of clothing (that is to say, anything outside of the collection). I know these days we’re all about our Rag&Bone blazers with our J Brand jeans and then maybe one standout blouse or sweater or bag or something, but no. This
cannot must not be diluted. I want to see full-blown Byzantine splendour with necklaces, earrings, lips, crowns, shoes and all the bullshit intact.
Jesus absolute Christ on a cracker. This is the show I’ve been waiting for, and D&G did NOT disappoint. This is so glorious I think I’m going to hyperventilate.
Eeeeeee!! They put Yulia in one of the best looks!!! Woooooooo!!!!!!!
Would love to know what this suit looked like away from these terrible lights - bet it looks much richer and more luxurious.
Usually I don’t go for Zuhair Murad, but admittedly this is beautiful. Rest of the collection is as eh as is to be expected, but this is quite glorious.