Paris Catwalk Highlights: Lanvin

I love, love, love Lanvin. But it’s not just the beautiful, feminine, realistic yet not-the-least-bit-boring clothes that make the label – and specifically Alber Elbaz the man behind it – so interesting.


Whether it’s miniature dolls decked out in classic designs or the make-up designed for a runway show, nothing Lanvin does disappoints.

Take the beauty look for the a/w 09 show in Paris on Monday. Let’s just appreciate for a sec, the gorgeous, cherry-red lips and striking black-feathered hair combs worn at the hairline, which formed the backbone of the look.


Pat McGrath dabbed on the lip colour with her fingers – very in keeping with the new ‘played-up but pared-down’ mood, which for lips means sexy, imperfect stains (or plump, polished nudes, but that’s another story). Meanwhile, hairstylist Guido Palau chopped into the feathers to give edge to a classic accessory.

But what really made it all work was the basic canvas against which these strong features were played. Models’ hair was pulled back in to simple, feminine ponytails while behind the unmissable lips, skin was soft and muted, with taupe powder shadow in the crease of the eyelids and under the lower lashes, beige blush under the cheekbones, and a pearl-colored highlighter on the cheekbones and at the inner corners of the eyes.

Using veils of highlighters and muted colours instead of blush, bronzers and gels is a great way to add definition and finish to your skin without looking over the top and, as McGrath demonstrated here, the perfect solution if you want to have fun with your lips.

Well, if it works for Lanvin, it will work for you.

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