Glossy Moments That Won Out At The Paris Shows

The clothes may well take centre stage at the shows, but for us, beauty aesthetics created by the loving hands of the best in the business are equally important.

We’re talking hauntingly beautiful looks that inspire how we’ll be wearing our hair, painting our faces, designing our nails and (most importantly) what we’ll be putting in our GLOSSYBOXES next season. As the Paris shows close their doors and the biannual fashion and beauty trek across the globe comes to a finish until September, we have a good few months to decide on our favourite looks for autumn.

Here are the trends that stood out to us, and what everyone’s been talking about backstage…

The deep side parting
Deep side partings dominated the shows in Paris, championed by hair pros Sam McKnight, Paul Hanlon and Orlando Pita. Proving it can suit any style, models at Dries Van Noten and Sonia Rykiel were given slightly messy, natural looking locks, while the Rochas and Balmain girls sported an ultra-sleek, elegant finish.


Reinventing the runway
Gone are the days of a simple catwalk – and Chanel is leading the way. From the supermarket-inspired autumn/winter 2014 show to autumn/winter 2015’s café society-themed show, which came complete with waiter and a clutch bag adorned with Chanel spaghetti (made out of pearls), Karl Lagerfeld is most certainly injecting fun into fashion month.


Gloss contouring
We all know the secret to sculpting your face and enhancing your bone structure lies in the art of contouring – but if you’re more pared-back when it comes to make-up, it’s time to turn your attention to the art of gloss contouring. Backstage at Nina Ricci, make-up guru Aaron de Mey applied clear gloss to eyelids and a band of highlighter to cheekbones in a bid to enhance each models facial features.


Take a bow
Following in the footsteps of Giles in London, Paul & Joe fastened sleek, low ponytails with a velvet bow. The perfect way to upcycle your GLOSSYBOX ribbon, don’t you think?


Mini Moss
That’s right, Kate Moss’ little sister Lottie made her runway debut alongside best friend Ella Richards (Keith Richards’ Granddaughter) and Lizzie Jagger (Georgia’s sister), in turn forming a stellar line-up of next gen models. We’re betting we’ll be seeing a lot more of her, too.


Graphic liner
It’s time to get creative with your eye make-up, as witnessed in London, Milan – and now Paris. For Anthony Vaccarello, make-up artist Tom Pecheux carefully painted star outlines on the outer corner of each models right eye using navy liquid liner, drawing inspiration from the motifs adorning the collection. While at Rochas, a rounded, thick graphic line above and below the eye was drawn on with liquid liner, courtesy of make-up artist Lucia Pieroni. Dior and Rick Owens followed suit, with artistic, bold shapes adorning the models eyes. The best part? All you need is a pot of liquid liner, a steady hand and a make-up brush.


Groomed brows
Groomed brows – paired with healthy, glowing skin – reigned in Paris with models at Lanvin, Chloé and Balmain having their eyebrows delicate brushed upwards.


A throwback to the nineties
From a modern take on crimped hair at Maison Martin Margiela to luxe side ponytails at Christian Dior, it looks like autumn is all about taking a bit of inspiration from the 90s!


Bun it
You know those days when all you can do with your locks is scrape them back into a quick bun before dashing out the house? Well luckily, Sam McKnight totally has your back – backstage at Isabel Marant, models were given textured, laid-back buns that were both beautiful and fast to create. You’re welcome.


Quite possibly the last thing we expected, but in the middle of the Valentino show, Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson made a surprise appearance strutting down the catwalk as their Zoolander alter-egos – it even made Anna Wintour smile…


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