Get the Look: Couture Beauty

The flight of fancy we’re used to at couture week reached new heights for the fall 2017 shows. Rather than a collection of trends smattered throughout various catwalks, we reveled in looks that were modern, striking and works of art that stand alone, defying the typical. Whether you’re seeking to emulate any of these full-stop, or looking for a touch of inspiration that can be worn in everyday life, there’s no shortage of ideas from the major shows that left us wonderstruck.

Into the Gloss Makeup artist Val Garlin called her lips at Giambattista Valli #lollied, clearly inspired by a candy-slick surface the matte trend had us all but forgetting. Consider gloss again, girls. One of the top industry professionals just gave it the green light, in a red, mirrored-finish hue.

High Octane Highlighter: Matte highlighter helps us define our bone structure and produce a look of symmetry only a combination of bronzer and white powder can produce. But what better way to take the definition to artiste level than with a heavy hand and metallic finish? Check out Alexandre Vauthier’s show that introduced lavender iridescence on cheek bones. Margiela’s version was much more futuristic and ethereal with an opalescent finish that evoked the glow of other worldliness.

McGrath’s Glitter Parade For beauty devotees and aspiring makeup artists everywhere, the couture shows are worth studying if for no other reason than Pat McGrath’s handiwork, which can usually be seen at more than one show. Her work at Masion Margiela was a feat of creativity. We were swept away by the individual looks of each model. But the blue glitter applied liberally to the full crown was stunning. At miu miu, she chose a subtler approach to catching the light with layers of matte lipstick finished with a transparent glittered surface.

Eye of the Artist Chanel’s eye shadow looked like an artist’s palette, literally, with patches of bold, primary color abutting each other from the lower lid up, over the eye brow. Given France’s history with impressionist works that allow colors to seamlessly connect without hard lines, we couldn’t help but note how apropos the artistic iteration seemed to be.

Sleek and Slick For years now the undone look as been celebrated both at couture and ready-to-wear, from beachy waves to a Pariesenne style bed head, it’s been all about the mess. Proenza Schouler and Gaultier both had gelled and slicked back hair that suggested a much more controlled approach to fall style. Proenza offered a swept back version with no part while Gaultier inspired with an innovative V-center part painted metallic gold.

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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.