Issue 41
The Special Effect
It’s a bling bling extravaganza this spring, as precious metals illuminate
the catwalk spreading an irresistibly radiant beauty trend.
Why not accessorize yourself with iridescent golden eyes? Who needs gold necklaces and expensive earrings, when this spring’s bold makeup trend transforms gilded metal into a radiant and ravishing beauty statement?

From New York to Paris, metallic makeup appeared everywhere on this spring’s runways. While Gucci and Jason Wu displayed bronze beauties, Dries Van Noten and Christian Dior raised the bar with a golden shimmer. Opening the jungle-themed show at Dior was model Daria Strokous. With a golden sheen on her eyes, Ms. Strokous made an unforgettable entrance in Dior’s classic black jacket and a floral skirt. The metallic makeup worked as an artistic accessory to Dior’s fantastic globetrotter look. Throughout the show, all the models appeared with metallic painted brows. While some wore a golden tint on the lids and underneath the eyes, others wore an extra pop of color on the top lid. This splendid look places Dior’s ladies in the honeycomb of attention and adoration this season.

It’s not only the makeup. Metals strike this spring full force, as designers also incorporated lustrous fabrics to their collections leaving understated minimalism in the past. While some designers offered hints of metal, Givenchy, Lanvin and Vivienne Westwood truly embraced metal from head to toe. At Lanvin, designer Alber Elbaz illuminated the Parisian house’s signature dimly-lit catwalk with a prismatic color palette and plenty of shine. Givenchy elevated the metallic look to another level, as every other model appeared on the runway with a painted face. Deep blue, black and purple with a bright lip to accessorize the collection - a melange of dark outfits and safari-inspired shimmering gold and navy dresses.
Designers’ intense attraction towards the metallic trend this season appears justified, as the textile’s radiance enriches simplicity in life and instantly transforms the look into a glamorous affair. Altuzarra’s metallic jacket and skirt are living proof of the power of metal. Similarly, metallic makeup has the power to revamp the blunt and understated smoky eye into a luminous and gleaming visage with a twist of Cleopatra’s gravitating sex appeal that can make any woman a force of attraction even in the darkest room.

Photography by Truls Qvale; make-up: Maria Berg; model: Polina Sova / Team Models; retouch: Marius Tank.
Words by Elona Voytovych

Be ready to roll with these intense beauties.