Makeup at Givenchy Spring 2014

Can you even handle this crazy brilliant makeup 

at Givenchy spring 2014 show

yesterday at Paris Fashion week???

Makeup at Givenchy Spring 2014 PFW

Riccardo Tisci’s show was set around a circle of

piled up, wrecked cars.

The stage at Givenchy Spring 2014 PFW

Tisci took inspiration from several places.

“I’m obsessed with Madame Grès,” confessed Riccardo Tisci backstage at his show, explaining that he finds the work of that legendary sculptor turned couturier “very romantic and very dark, with this obsession of making everything so precisely—like the pleats—and then those almost-African colorations.”

Starting with the legendary draping of Madame Gres, girls in Japanese kimono inspired draping,

and African inspired prints evoked a new sexuality, not that of high heeled unattainability, but in Japanese flat slides.

Riccardo said, “so it is very risky, but to be sexy you don’t have to be in high heels with a vinyl jacket—you can be in flat shoes and still be a very sexy woman.”

Givenchy Spring 2014

What I found to be overwhelmingly brilliant, was the makeup that Pat McGrath created.

Crystals, rhinestones and glitter, in vibrant hues,

offset by a vibrant mouth, also with crystals,

completed with a black veil.

In the midst of the car-wreck madness

it was a stroke of genius. 

Disturbing, marvelous, superative genius.

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