Usually, the clothes and accessories are the main attraction on the runway, with beauty serving as a second complement. At Givenchy’s fall show, beauty and fashion were equal, as models shocked showgoers appearing with their faces covered in ornate jewelry and hair slicked-back revealing curlicue hairlines.
Givenchy Creative Director Riccardo Tisci cited “Victorian Cholas” as the collection’s inspiration, where classic Victorian Gothicism mixed with modern day Latin street culture.
Beyond oversize earrings and septum rings, jewelry was prominently placed on unconventional areas of the face, most notably on the cheeks, under eye and chin.
The collection featured dresses, corsets and peplum jackets in soft, romantic fabrics, like velvet, lace and chiffon with intricate beading in a strong palette of mostly black with strikes of red.
Makeup artist Pat McGrath told Style.com that Tisci gave the beauty team the liberty to make each look unique to each of the models’ features. Noting that the look took more than six hours to complete, McGrath said:
“He [Tisci] gave us the jewelry, but we had to work out how it would stay on because it was quite weighty, so we dealt with that for quite some time!”
See the full Givenchy collection at Style.com.