¡°An army of empresses whose divine purity is imbued with celestial power,¡± read the show notes at today¡¯s Fendi couture show inside the La Bourse. It was an apt description of the models that glided down Kim Jones¡¯s runway with veils of face crystals and slicked, high-shine hair.
Riffing on the show¡¯s themes of space, astrology, and heaven, make-up artist Peter Philips and hairstylist Guido Palau each crafted a retrofuturist look bound for another galaxy. ¡°Kim likes to be surprised, he gave us a playground,¡± said a delighted Philips, who conceptualised the ultimate starry make-up statement: A constellation of monochrome, multi-size crystals in one of three different shades ¡ª jet black, champagne, or silver. To offset the shine of the hair, skin veered demi-matte, yet still ¡°luminous¡± with a soft swirl of blush, pearlescent lids, and taps of iridescent highlighter.
¡°The set looked like it was from the film Tron, that sci-fi movie from the early ¡®80s, and then there was this beautiful temple,¡± says Palau. ¡°There were all these great references to the past and the future, and I wanted to replicate that with the hair.¡± For Palau, a jumping off point was studying pictures of monks, priests, and Joan of Arc, getting inspired by their ¡°severe, short-fringed¡± crops.?
From there, he dreamed up a series of sleek, close-cropped hairstyles ¨C some a clear nod to Joan of Arc with the 15th-century French heroine¡¯s wispy micro-fringe ¡ª and drenched them in shine for a light years-ahead effect. ¡°I wanted it to feel like today, but with a feeling of the future,¡± he explained. ¡°It¡¯s a new classicism.¡±
Playing beautifully off of the spiky amethyst and crystal geode ear cuffs designed by Delfina Delettrez, the combination of stellar skin and glossy, sculptural hair was a stunning beauty strategy for Jones¡¯s ethereal fantasy.
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