Cult films in­spir­ing beauty trends of the sea­son—or vice versa? Anne Lee in­ves­ti­gates.

Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - Beauty -

Elsa Schi­a­par­elli once said, “What Hol­ly­wood de­signs to­day, you will be wear­ing to­mor­row.” The ro­mance be­tween fash­ion and film blos­somed in the sum­mer of 1911 when French master cou­turier Paul Poiret had his East­ern fan­tasy col­lec­tion—con­tentious harem pants in­cluded—shot on film, open­ing fash­ion’s doors to the broader pub­lic, once ac­ces­si­ble only by so­ci­ety’s elites. Later dur­ing Hol­ly­wood’s Golden Age when film stars be­gan to be em­bod­i­ments of glam­our, Parisian de­sign­ers such as Hu­bert de Givenchy and Coco Chanel be­came house­hold names as they dressed ac­tresses Au­drey Hep­burn and Mae West for their films. Fast for­ward to Chanel Au­tumn/Win­ter ’17, cre­ative di­rec­tor Karl Lager­feld paid homage to Bar­barella through a life-size space­ship at the Grand Palais in Paris. In­spired by Jane Fonda’s vo­lu­mi­nous hair and smokey eye make-up in the 1968 movie, hair maestro Sam McKnight de­vised a bouf­fant hair­style that he dubbed “Chanelarella”. To com­ple­ment that and the ’60s head­bands, make-up artist Tom Pecheux drew a dra­matic eye made up of metal­lic sil­ver eye­shadow, clumpy lashes, and graphic liner.


The Twiggy-in­spired clumpy, doll-like lashes con­tin­ued at Jeremy Scott with state­ment looks by make-up pro Kabuki, who cut out strips of lashes and spaced them out along the lower lash line to give the il­lu­sion of big­ger, rounder eyes à la A Clock­work Or­ange. Sim­i­larly, at MSGM, celebrity makeup artist Mi­randa Joyce de­scribed the top and bot­tom lashes she worked on the mod­els as “a beauty with a lit­tle twist, a kind of in­ter­est­ing woman who might be in a David Lynch movie, so she might have some­thing to hide. She is a lit­tle bit sin­is­ter.”


The realm of col­li­sion of these two worlds is in­deed where fan­tasy and hy­per­bole are built on and re­alised. With the re­cent re­lease of Blade Run­ner 2049, de­sign­ers were once again drawn to its strong ’40s-meets-punk fu­tur­is­tic fash­ion. Among them was Raf Si­mons who pre­sented

Blocks of sil­ver and the “ba­nana” method at Chanel gave us a sneak peek into the fu­ture Who bet­ter to chan­nel Chanel’s retro chic than Jane Fonda’s char­ac­ter?

Crowns of tea boxes or heav­ily made up eyes at Vivi­enne West­wood were vis­ually ar­rest­ing Junya Watan­abe stirred up a storm by send­ing mod­els down the run­way in out­ra­geous punk aes­thet­ics and shaved heads The been cy­ber one-sweep a huge in­spi­ra­tion...


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