When it comes to a diverse and eclectic range of hair and makeup looks, the haute couture shows in Paris always surprise and set the trend for the coming shows. There was the graphic, sexy, smoky eyes at Atelier Versace and then there was the subdued, romantic, rosy look at Valentino. At Jean Paul Gaultier there was the amazing tower of hot rollers atop the finale brides head. Also fabulous was the futuristic take on the ponytail (complete with lacquered rings) at Christian Dior.
So here are my favourite looks from the Paris 2015 Spring Haute Couture shows:
Veiled beauty was the look at Chanel. Models were given a bright lip color and dusted a smoky line of eye shadow across the brows. Then there was the brand’s signature camellia flower used as a barrette for the models who wore braids. This was a sexy sophisticated haute couture collection and the hair and make up just added to the allure.
By contrast to Chanel at Versace sexy and smoky is the only way to describe the hair and makeup that models were presented on the runways. The hair was presented as each model’s natural hair texture without the embellishments or braids that were found at other shows and the make up gave eyes a smoky edge. This was a more natural presentation of the models but that did not detract from the collection at all.
Dior created very fresh-faced makeup, but this was accompanied by standout hair. Models sported a sleek up do with a duo of rings connecting to a long ponytail which was inspired in its look and creation.
If the couture shows had been all about the hair then what was seen at Jean Pail Gaultier was a masterpiece of its own. There were individual looks created for each model based on their natural texture but took it up to a new level in the drama department. For me this was the stand out show in terms of hair styling.
And for something completely different at Valentino there were flower crowns and romantic makeup. Blush was delicately sculpted on the cheekbones and the tiny flowers in the hair made it seems as if the models had just come from a walk out in a spring garden. This was a delightfully light look that worked well.
“It’s a little bit like rock meets chic couture,” said makeup artist Val Garland of her creations for Giambattista Valli and featured the wonderful M.A.C cosmetics. The bold, metallic eye shadows were a stand out along with a neutral complexion and understated low ponytail that made a statement whilst also allowing the collection to tell its story.
All different looks for each collection but all added to the overall impression of strong make up statements and hairdressing moving into the year!