Couture Beauty: Christian Dior’s Metallic Lips
“The basic idea for me is that I like the idea of freeing up couture,” Raf Simons said to WWD before the beginning of his Couture 2013 show. “I think that psychologically, emotionally, it can be approached the same way as ready-to-wear: out there for women to enjoy and to wear. It’s a psychology of how clothes can look in relation to a modern woman and the way she is living her life and experiencing the culture.”
The talented designer definitely created modern and wearable couture pieces that can easily be fitted into the lifestyle of the fortunate ladies for whom the price tag is nothing but a small detail. The same goes for the hair, the sleek low buns Guido Palau created for the runway are a classic and elegant style appropriate for every place and occasion. “Raf doesn't want to recreate the couture era. He’s very forward thinking,” Palau says.
The futuristic, modern element could be seen in the runway makeup looks. The muted wash of natural color on the eyes, accentuated with fairy-like glitter dust in the inner corners and the center of the lids, the naked lashes, groomed brows and clean skin were the perfect canvas for the bold lips to stand out. Famous makeup artist Pat McGrath created glittering metallic lips in shades of pink, berry or rose, using theatrical glue and highly reflective pigments. “What people don’t know is that when we do shows, we really have to find the right woman,” McGrath said. Not every lady can pull off the show stopping bold lip but it is definitely worth the try.
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