Valentino had a few notes to share at its spring 2013 haute couture presentation—some of them involving the attention to detail that went into creating the garments on display. One skirt and jacket, for example, took 850 hours to embroider, according to Style.com. The piping alone on an organza confection took 500 hours to roll by hand. But this level of embellishment, while always awe-inspiring, is something we expect to see in these most precious of clothes. What was unexpected over the last week of shows in Paris was noticing the same frippery go into the makeup.
Pat McGrath borrowed the Swarovski crystals that typically sparkle on gowns and placed them one by one onto models's glossy pouts at Christian Dior. Chanel's Peter Philips turned to the 130-year-old Maison Lemarié to hand-cut lash-shaped tulle that he delicately applied to catwalkers's hauntingly rimmed eyes. The sexy and sooty shadow on Versace's women was pierced by green flicks that were actually stencils sliced to perfection before the event for a precise neon cat eye. Even Armani Privé's stacked and floating liner was artfully painted for an exact geometry normally reserved for canvases on museum walls.
These may not be beauty looks that will find their way into the every day. They are the looks that dreams are made of, however, just like the one-of-a-kind fashions themselves.
THE BEST BEAUTY LOOKS FROM THE SPRING 2013 HAUTE COUTURE PRESENTATIONS House: Christian Dior
House: Atelier Versace
House: Armani Privé
House: Jean Paul Gaultier