Beauty Recap: F/W 2015 Couture Week

For Paris Couture, the Eyes and Crown Have It

Beauty is having a moment. There can be no denying that when it comes to trends, as it is in fashion, it’s less about one or two must-have looks or following a defined number of options and more about expressing yourself. And while many days call for simple glowing skin a la Giambattista Valli and Christian Dior, we’re intrigued by standout makeup artistry that instantly glamorizes minimalist pieces. We look to Paris’ recent couture shows to inspire our own inner artist. Go ahead, give the statements in your wardrobe a break and make a statement via your beautiful face.

Crowning Glory

No less than five designers walked their chosen ingenues down the runway wearing delicate crowns atop their heads. Diadems were the order of the day. It’s true we won’t all have access to the Zuhair Murad and Valentino headpieces seen in the shows, but we can use the idea in our own looks.

A DIY project for a rainy Sunday afternoon has rarely held more promise of transformation. Craft stores abound with metallic floral and jewelry wire of different shades. Look for decorative wire that often comes replete with subtle flora attachments perfect for making a crown of your own. Or wrap plain wire with organza or grosgrain ribbon for a pop of color. Keep it simple, part your hair down the center to emphasize your piece. Use bobby pins to pin it atop wavy locks or a full braid.

For something less conspicuous, look to Alberta Ferretti’s collection. We adored the simple hair crowns on her girls. Entwine a section of your hair from the nape of your neck with ribbon, gently wrap around the crown of your head and pin in place.

Windows To the Soul

Emphasis on the eyes seemed the perfect choice for the romantic looks at Elie Saab and the rock n’ roll winter queens at Fendi. The new smoky eye may in fact be a strong nod to gold- and silver-tones. Of course, other shades are fair game. Purple hues are equally flattering for blue, green and brown eyes. Try Ciate’s Liquid Chrome Metallic Eyeliner for a metallurgic touch. Or go full on with Stila’s ‘Magnificent ‘Metals’ Eye Duo, a combination of primer and eye shadow that give a bold, foil-like finish.

About the Author

Marisa has penned articles and features in over a dozen online and print publications. She's worked as fashion critic and creative director for, been the managing editor for Caribbean-based Ocean Style Magazine, and worked with Set Magazine, a luxury lifestyle publication based in Zurich, as a contributing editor. Based in New York, she is a freelance fashion and cultural copywriter, editor and reporter. You can find out more at her site and follow her on Twitter @mraswan.