SS17 Couture Beauty Roundup

While many words can describe the beauty at Paris’ spring 2017 couture week, one word in particular may comprise the individual shows to evoke the general mood of the season: whimsy. Whether we felt we were transported to a dark fairytale forest a la Maria Grazia Chiuri, or a pop art wonderland from Galliano, the stories told on the runways informed fashion fantasies for months to come. Read below to discover our favorite awe-inspiring moments from spring 2017 Couture week.

Beauty backstage at Dior

Dior’s transition from the modern, architectural style of the inimitable Raf Simmons to the romance of the equally inimitable Maria Grazia Chiuri has been truly stunning. Nodding to Dior classicism with an extreme a-line he dubbed the “new look” in 1947, Chiuri delivered structured femininity on a runway beset with faux grass and shrubs. Organza masks in the shape of forest fauna added mystery to head-to-toe black.

We adored the Pre-Raphaelite curls, ever so slightly messy, as if the models had been woken from a dream to walk the runway. Feather headdresses adorned the textured waves as nature-made crowns. And tiny gold stars, acquirable at any craft store, dotted cheekbones and eyes.

Photo Credit: @patmcgrathreal

Pat McGrath and Eugene Suleiman were, not surprisingly, the geniuses behind the faces and hair of the Maison Martin Margiela runway. Cornrows were laced with primary and neon-hued thread while the models’ eyes, ears and mouths were outlined in the same; a perfect complement to the fine artist (Benjamine Shine) collaboration that produced a 3D rendering of a beautiful human face made entirely from tulle.

Photo Credit: via Elie Saab SS17 couture

Headpieces, ribbons and classic headbands were undoubtedly a preview of what’s to come in street style this year. We sighed over the geometric headbands at Elie Saab, the chiffon ribbons at Schiparelli and the unbelievable jeweled ear cuffs at Georges Hobeika.

Beauty at Jean Paul Gaultier SS17. Photo Credit: @jpgaultierofficial

Look for trends in bold eye makeup via the yellow lids at Gaultier and orange shadow at Armani. Stock up on iridescent glitter, loose or in a gel formulation. Chanel’s show gave homage to 90s style with a subtle glint at the outside of models’ eyes.

And don’t count out the matte black nail polish you’ve flirted with for the last few seasons. Alexis Mabille paired the manicure with jeweled crowns in a beautiful mix of naughty and nice.

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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.