Galliano and McCartney – Paris Fashion Week

In the past few weeks we have done a lot of oohing and ahhing as we watch the pretty clothes that parade down the runways on statuesque models for all to admire—and admire we do. However we have only maybe twice mentioned the beauty trends we have seen thus far… Yes of course we can always go into more detail once spring actually rolls around, but just for fun lets take a peek at a few of the beauty looks from Paris and then we will shift our attention once again to the clothing.

Whether or not it will catch on there has been some creative face art happening at the spring shows in Paris. In the form of stenciled black tears at Julien David and reflective half circles on the lids of the models at Givenchy.

A more street friendly look was seen at Lanvin… say goodbye to smudgy black and hello to smoky brown. This pared-down play on the usually smoldering look is complemented by the very natural, dewy look that has been seen on nearly every catwalk from New York to Paris: nude lips, barely-there blush—a practically clean face.

If you were a fan of Stella McCartney’s skintight, sheer polka dot dresses from her fall collection there is no doubt you will love the similar, but season appropriate looks for spring. This time the polka dots are replaced by wild prints and the cut outs exaggerated by corded swirls. Which gave way to daring swirly slits on already short hems, allowing the collection a sassy feel.

Though there were a lot of body conscience looks they were nicely balanced with dare I say some “comfy” pieces. Flowing silk printed pants, shorts, and blouses could easily be mistaken as sleepwear. Now who doesn’t wish they could wear their pj’s out in public…at least once.

Bill Gaytten gave us fictional nostalgia at John Galliano as the models sported attire resembling that of Mary Poppins and Miss Daisy Buchanan—more Poppins than the latter. “There’s that thing about nannies,” Gaytten tells The famous nanny that inspired him was unmistakable with über-layered looks, Victorian-esque coats, and high-neck collars replaced by modern frill, but what really topped the whole thing off were those undeniable hats.

The Gatsby side of things was represented by dainty, pastel floral print dresses similar to the 1920s theme seen at Ralph Lauren in New York earlier in the season. And though these are two seemingly innocent characters in childhood stories the end of the show had a seductive twist, sheer gowns—leaving very little to the imagination.

By Kristianne Young

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