The Couture Way to Wear a Flower Crown at Valentino

Where Chanel was a hothouse extravaganza of color and futuristic flowers that took a painstaking six months to make, the look at Valentino was a bit more down to earth. Based on the poetry of Marc Chagall—specifically the fragile nature of innocent love, the kind that lolls in the grass with no cares in the world—makeup artist Pat McGrath captured the romance with flushed cheeks, lightly contoured eyes, and a single sweep of mascara. “It’s all about blusher, really,” she summed up, adding that she used pale white highlighter on the tops of cheekbones, a dab of concealer on lips to “pale them out,” and a hint of shine to finish.valentino-spring-2015-couture-side-view


In hair, backstage fixture Guido Palau tucked tiny buds—baby’s breath, daisies, African violets—into loosely woven braids that resembled a crown. Unlike the luxe Lesage accessories crafted out of chiffon and sequins on Karl Lagerfeld’s runway, these blooms appeared as if they were plucked from a Parisian field (that is, if it weren’t a nippy 40 degrees outside). For those who want a more affordable—albeit temporary—accessory fix, we suggest going the Valentino route and hitting up the nearest flower market (or corner bodega for those not willing to trek through the snow). Then spring ahead by working a few sprigs into your strands. Tina Isaac-Goizé

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Beauty / Backstage: Valentino Spring 2015 Couture Hair and Makeup – Flower Crowns

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