In one of Fashion Week's most anticipated moments, Karl Lagerfeld returned to the Grand Palais today to present Chanel's Fall 2016 Haute Couture collection in Paris. Like any Chanel affair, the show featured elaborate sets, memorable models, and unforgettable clothing. The Grand Palais was transformed into a recreation of a couture atelier, complete with cutting tables, bolts of fabric, and model forms. Models emerged from the "fitting room" to the runway in their just-completed couture creations.
The collection spanned suiting, cocktail frocks, and fantastical evening wear, but nearly every single look was completed with black arm gauntlets and high black boots with a kitten heel, acting like a black suede canvas for Lagerfeld's creations. Several looks also featured high shearling collars – a warm weather trend that has been popular for several seasons now – that mimicked the models' curly up-dos.
CURLY UP-DO'S AND BOLD LASHES ON THE CHANEL FALL 2016/17 COUTURE RUNWAY
The theme for models' hairstyles? The higher the hair, the better. The bouffant-like 'dos by Sam McKnight were basically piles of miniature curls piled atop models' heads and topped off with black bow headbands for a feminine appeal.
As for their makeup, long, false lashes sat along the top and the bottom of models' eyelids, creating a dramatic black doll-eyed appeal that complimented youthful bow ties. And while graphic eyes were also spotted at this season's Christian Dior show, long lashes are a fresh take on bold trend. The porcelain doll-like makeup look was completed by a pale complexion, touch of pink blush, white eye shadow, and a glossy nude lip.
And while you may admire Lagerfeld's Couture looks on the runway, adopting bouffant-like hair and porcelain doll-inspired makeup in real life can be a little bit more difficult to love. That's why Get The Look is here to show you how you can adopt Chanel's curly up-do's and bold lashes for day to day life.
GET THE LOOK: DOLL EYES
While falsies on our upper and lower lashes may seem like a bold move, showing off full, long lashes for everyday life is a little more realistic. Rather than placing false lashes on your upper and lower lids, create your very own doll eyes by applying them to your upper lids only, then use regular mascara to coat your bottom lashes. If you aren't into false lashes, simply coat them with regular, volumizing mascara.
To create the doll-like appeal, use a black pencil liner, and draw a faint line just below your bottom lashes. Use an angled brush to smudge the liner into your eye, creating a wide-eyed look. To round the eyes out even further, coat your upper lids with a black liquid liner, creating a line that is thinner towards the inner corners and outer corners of your eyes, and thicker in the middle. This will draw attention upwards, while liner on the bottom will draw attention downwards, giving you the appearance of large, round eyes.
A CURLY UP-DO
To achieve Chanel's curly bouffant-like up-do, start off with hair that isn't too clean. This will ensure that all of the pieces stay curly and on top of your head. Separate your hair into two sections – one at the top of your head, one at the bottom – and spray the top section with heat protective spray before curling with a small barrel curling iron. Once you've curled the top section of your hair, use a large brush to gently back comb the curls, creating a poufy appeal.
Next, take the curls one or two at a time, and bobby pin them to the top of your head. Repeat the steps with the bottom section of your hair, then spray your entire head with strong hold hairspray to ensure a 'do that lasts!