The Spring 2015 Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week is almost at an end and we have been treated to some marvellous collections, from Ellie Saab’s dreamy pieces with their pockets to Jean Paul Gaultier’s alternate wedding with the envious guests and “Panic! At the Disco” style theme. We’ve seen incredible crimson velvets from Valentino and “Alice in Wonderland” meets the Caucasus style by Ulyana Sergeenko. It has been one magnificent event after another, leading us to fall in love with the haute couture world all over again. However, it was not all about the clothing, the dresses long and short, the suits in all types of designs and the sheer fabrics they were made from; it was also about all the couture beauty looks that we were exposed to, the hair and the makeup, the accessories and all the rest that completed each ensemble. That’s why we’ve pulled together some of the top spring/ summer 2015 couture beauty trends that appeared on that catwalk, ensuring referencing in the future is all that much easier.
Around the Eyes
• The Golden Liner: You may have noticed that the Giorgio Armani Prive models seemed to appear with rather interesting makeup designs; in particular, it was noticed that Linda Cantello had used graphic golden and aqua liner in the crease of the lids, as well as below the bottom lashes. It created a beautiful illusion, adding definition to the eyes without appearing to be trying too much to get the painting right.
• The Giambattista Flawless: When the runway was filled with the Giambattista Valli couture fashions, we knew we were swooning at the sight. Along with those gorgeous pieces, the models presenting them were given flawless complexions, with the focus brought to the upper part of the face, creating neat brows and silver-lined eyes that were shrouded under a half veil.
• Natural Beauty: Christian Dior really focused on the more natural look, amplifying the beauty of the face by perfecting the skin and defining the eyes with a simple sweep of taupe shadow. Of course, the final effects were mesmerizing, as natural beauty tops any form of artistic touch any day.
• Dark Eyes: While Chanel brought the attention away from the eyes and left it mostly unadorned, Versace decided to do the opposite and bring the focus back up. There was no bare-faced look here, but a bold feature that Pat McGarth was responsible for. Eyeliner was drawn into the crease of the eyelids and extended outward in a ‘60s style cat-eye look, complete with the bold and long false lashes. While so many of the models sported the black version, this design also came in blue and was offset with nude lips so that the focus is solely on the eyes. On the other hand, the hair was tousled and natural-looking, just the way we love it.
• Retro Beauty: Elie Saab paid tribute to Beirut in the ’60s and this was reflected not only on the dreamy couture dresses, but also the beauty looks of the models. Tom Pecheux paired bold black eyeliner with a glossy gray eyeshadow. This wonderful makeup look looked in such a harmony with the side-swept, face-framing Hollywood curls that Orlando Pita styled.
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Spring 2015 Couture Hairstyle Trends
• That Slick Chic: We’ve already known about the two trends pulled into one during the Giorgio Armani Prive Couture spring 2015 fashion show. The center part has been a staple in many a runway event, which makes its appearance on the couture fashion week’s catwalks a normal sight. The slicked back look is also a trend seen often enough, while the low ponytail has been sported by many a model as they sashay onto stage with their amazing designer numbers. It’s a very chic look and brings the focus on the brightness of the face before moving downwards towards the dress.
• Pretty Plaits: The Chanel hairdos were partially messy, and partially plaited, the strands pulled back from the face in a center part. At the back, we saw much in terms of low and loose plaits, which added an air of casually pretty to the whole ensemble. This inspired a softer emotion when enjoying each of the Chanel’s gorgeous pieces, particularly all the suits that it is so well known for.
• Couture Tails: Who said that the couture look was only designated for actual cloth fashions? With Christian Dior, even the hair is given a lovely couture design, with Guido Palau slicking the hair back tight at the bottom and teasing to the top before adding long hair extensions attached to metallic or primary-colored hoops. Each extension was carefully matched to the model’s own hair colour for a seamless look. Needless to say, the hair was almost as intriguing as the dresses, and we all know how much we love Dior fashions!
• Twisted Boho Updos: On the other hand, Valentino brought a romantic mood to the runway with the gorgeous boho-chic twisted updos that Guido Palau decided to accessorize with tiny flowers to inject a touch of spring to the models’ looks.
The Touch to Your Lips
• Glossy Red: It was during Chanel’s haute couture spring 2015 presentation that we witnessed the astounding beauty of the glossy red lipped look that brought the focus down to the lower end of the face instead of the more common trend of bringing the focus to the eyes. The lips were given such a lovely strawberry hue that it is not possible not to fall in love with the romance of the look.
• Bare Lips: With Christian Dior, it appeared that the lips were barely there, yet were given a lightly angelic touch with a subtle slick of gloss, keeping true to the barely there trend of the 2015 beauty looks.
The Way to Accessorize
• The Mesh Veil: An air of mystery, a downplay on a masquerade, an incredibly simple piece that can change the whole feel of a beauty look; that’s what Chanel did with a single strip of mesh that covered each of the models’ eyes, tied back in a bow. It looks chic and refined, while also adding a playful touch with a pinch of sensuality.
• Hats over Mesh: Not all the models had the hats on during the Chanel show, but that doesn’t denote the trend that was common enough across the line-up. On the contrary, the flower studded knit hats seemed the perfect addition over the mesh eyewear, giving the mysterious fashion a more casual look. Plus, it is a spring collection as well, which means the winter snow has yet to melt; this makes knit hats all the more necessary for warmth.
• Veils and Ribbons: The Giambattista Valli Couture show in Paris certainly had us surprised at the accessories sported by each model. While the hair was tied back in a low ponytail, much like the Giorgio Armani couture fashion show, the top of the face was covered in a spotted veil and ribbon bows for a cutesy but chic look. It definitely had the right effect, especially in combination with those lovely pieces.
Photos courtesy of Vogue UK
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