Valentino Spring 2013 – Beauty Report

by Mynxii White

To say that this was a collection of exquisite elegance and an almost quiet refinement would be an understatement. The simplicity of the pieces captured a cinematic idea of beauty, the delicate fabrics and detailed embroidery told a more intimate story of the subtle eroticism of duality in a woman. The contrast between hard and soft was illustrated through sleek minimalism; nude shades and glimpses of skin through sheer fabrics left the eye wandering and wondering what was underneath such beautiful clothing. Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli took inspiration from Rome in the years shortly after WWII when the people didn’t have much, and workmanship was much more important than extravagant materials. Piccioli strove to find ‘the moment of great creativity rather than the richness in itself.”

The hair and makeup artists were instructed to keep makeup austere as well, keeping them looking as close to how they actually look as possible. Makeup artist Pat McGrath applied a cream blush to the apples of the cheeks for soft color adding a bit of flush to the face. Skin was silky, and more matte. “A lot of people don’t like shiny faces anymore. When you’ve got HD cameras and sweaty faces, it just doesn’t work,” McGrath explained. Hair stylist Guido Palau kept things a bit more laid back than we’ve seen thus far this season, preferring a shallow side part to the deep mod styles favored on the runways with other designers. Hair was prepped with Redken Extreme Anti-Snap Leave-In Treatment to add softness, then produced disheveled knots that he wrapped with lengths, leaving some mussed ends out for texture and covering the ears just slightly. “It’s classic and poetic,” he said of the look, “kind of like Bergman or the Italian Renaissance.”