Dior Fall/Winter 2012-2013 Haute Couture Beauty

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Thousands of fresh flowers covered the salon walls of a luxurious private residence. In a tribute to Christian Dior and his passion for gardens in bloom, floor-to-ceiling blue delphiniums, pink peonies, and orchids, made up the astoundingly beautiful decor.


New Creative Director Raf Simons added a modern touch to his interpretation of the Dior universe for his first Haute-Couture collection.

Inspired by Christian Dior’s architectural vision, his designs were streamlined. The nipped-in waists and exaggerated hips displayed the mastered volume of the New Look in a shimmering colour spectrum. Then this modern-day flower-woman overthrew the codes of convention by wearing an elegant pair of black cigarette pants.

Created by Tyen, with Pat McGrath as make-up artist, the make-up for Raf Simons’ first, A-W 2012-2013, Haute Couture collection was an ode to colour.

Eyes showed a strongly pigmented Technicolor look. On a silver eyelid, a line of bright colour was applied at the lash line and drawn outwards like fluorescent eyeliner, lighting up the eye with a chromatic echo of each design, in shocking pink, lagoon blue, pearly white or prairie green. It was a «a futuristic trend,» that Pat McGrath «chose in order to emphasise the silhouettes designed by Raf Simons.»
Lashes were coated with black mascara and powdered with coloured pigments.
Eyebrows were brushed and lightly pencilled for a perfect, soft, natural effect.

The complexion was pale, even and matte. Cheekbones were slightly emphasized with a pinkish blush.

The lips were strong, intensely made up in tones of orangey reds or voluptuous pinks. Lips were lined with a nude lip liner.
For a stronger chromatic effect, a touch of red in either a darker or lighter shade was applied with a finger to the centre of the lower lip.

Clean, pure and ultra-shiny, nails displayed highly polished natural beauty.
A pinkish beige shade was applied followed by several layers of Top Coat.
– Dior Vernis Nude Charnelle 115 -

Hair was by Guido Palau, who left hair loose, semi-long and natural. He chose a clean centre parting and the hair was left very light with neither primer nor hairspray for a healthy, contemporary texture. It was the perfect counterpoint to the theatrical dresses.