Christian Dior Haute Couture Summer 2010
“The inspiration [for the look] started off being the Countess of Castiglione,” Orlando Pita said backstage at Dior, masterfully wielding models’ manes into regal 19th century styles. Quite apart from the double-layered references, neatly trimmed to both house tradition and the upcoming American moment, this was an example of Dior teamwork meshing at optimum force. From the models' performances— Karlie Kloss walking as if she were a thoroughbred dressage pony herself— to Pat McGrath's porcelain-perfect makeup and matte red lips, to Stephen Jones' giant snoods, veils, and hats, right through to Michael Howells' backdrop of 3,000 overblown pastel roses, it made for an unforgettable coming together of live atmosphere, detail, and voluptuous visual pleasure.
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Models strutted the runway with big poofy hair, highly arched brows, heavily winged out black eyeliner and pops of green, purple, blue and pink on the eyelids. There’s a lot of color this season,” Pat McGrath said backstage at Christian Dior, painting models’ pouts in hues ranging from matte ruby red, tangerine coral through to a more subtle nude. Skin was mostly alabaster.