THE POET­ICS OF BEAUTY

Reach the level of fine art with this sea­son’s beauty, which takes cue from ex­tra­or­di­nary women who were im­mor­talised in cul­tural cre­ations. By Aisha Has­san.

Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - Beauty -

What kind of woman in­spires po­etry, or com­pels an artist to spend hours at his easel, trac­ing the slop­ing con­tour of a cheek, or the gen­tle val­ley of her cu­pid’s bow? She might be breath­tak­ingly beau­ti­ful, like Christopher Mar­lowe’s He­len of Troy, or pos­sess some in­tan­gi­ble lure, like Vladimir Nabokov’s nymphet Lolita. To have art cre­ated in your hon­our de­notes ex­cep­tional beauty, no mat­ter the ex­te­rior ve­neer. These kind of women are man­i­fold, and arose once again in a sea­son that cel­e­brated di­ver­sity. Think vary­ing make-up at Gucci, or as hair­styl­ist Odile Gil­bert as­serts about the in­spi­ra­tion be­hind Zac Posen, “No­body looks the same ... so why not have dif­fer­ent hair for ev­ery­body?” Amongst it all, lit­er­a­ture and art resur­faced to em­pha­sise the en­dur­ing power of such women.

SHE WALKS IN BEAUTY

Back­stage at Pra­bal Gu­rung, a copy of Lord By­ron’s 1814 poem, “She Walks In Beauty”, was at the cen­tre of the mood board. In its com­pany were in­spi­ra­tions from Span­ish painter Fran­cisco Goya and French philoso­pher Jean-Jac­ques Rousseau. The spirit of Ro­man­ti­cism was a driv­ing force, and make-up artist Diane Ken­dal and hair­styl­ist An­thony Turner chan­nelled an ethe­real muse wan­der­ing in the woods. Turner elab­o­rates, “The idea is that the hair was once very per­fect, but she’s got­ten lost in the for­est.” Turner’s words re­call the mys­te­ri­ous fairy from John Keats’s “La Belle Dame sans Merci”, and com­bined with Ken­dal’s ruddy cheeks and peachy lids, em­u­late By­ron’s lines: “And all that’s best of dark and bright/Meet in her as­pect and her eyes.”

The mod­els at Ro­darte also en­cap­su­lated this mul­ti­fac­eted spirit. Ac­cord­ing to Joseph Free, the renowned LA-based florist who pro­vided flow­ers

The age of Ro­man­ti­cism re­vived at Ro­darte

A legacy of Rus­sian el­e­gance con­tin­ued at An­drew GN Fall/Win­ter’16

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