'Poison' lips at Dior - and five of the other strongest AW16 beauty looks

Kendall Jenner and Dior's 'poison' lip
Kendall Jenner and Dior's 'poison' lip Credit: Isidore Montag

As Paris Fashion Week draws to a close, so too does the autumn/winter 2016 fashion month. Though New York seems a hundred years ago now, we know it will feel like a fortnight before we’re kicking off another month of showcasing once again.

For now, a look back at some of the strongest looks we saw at the shows. Wearable? No. Aspirational? Definitely.

Poison lips at Dior

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"Lips are the focal point of the look,” Peter Phillips, responsible for the striking look seen at Dior. Phillips and his team used Dior Addict Lip Glow then added Dior Contour lip liner and Rouge Dior in Poison to achieve the dramatic desired plum look that “that flirts on the edge of black.” Models’ lips were then coated with Dior Addict Ultra Gloss Bulle for a mirror effect. Eyes remained subtle, while skin was traditionally flawless.

Re-purposed jewellery at Anthony Vaccarello 

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“Anthony showed me them at the test, and I said, ‘Let’s do it!’” Tom Pecheux told Vogue backstage at Anthony Vaccarello. He was of course speaking about the diamante drop earrings used as inspiration for the embellished cats eyes seen on certain models in the show. Earrings were broken up and filed down to fit into shape. A bit like Blue Peter for eyes.

'Filler face' at Gareth Pugh 

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We’ve already waxed lyrical about one of our favourite looks of the entire season. Val Garland’s genius ‘filler face’ look is one of the wilder ones we actually hope spreads at least as far as the red carpet. Garland used tights to define models’ cheekbones and pull the top lip up, creating an extra pouty look. When combined with Malcolm Edwards’s devils’ horn-esque hair, this was one beautifully bad look.

Pin-up girls with a pop twist at Jeremy Scott 

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... is exactly how Kabuki described the look backstage in New York. The heroes of this look were Mac’s Pro Acrylic Paint in Hi-Def Cyan and lipstick in Candy Yum-Yum. Oh, and the £2.99 glue sticks used to affix the crystal-studded stars to the faces of supermodels such as Karlie Kloss.  

Modernised 20s at Marc Jacobs

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“The look is a total top-to-bottom fun, crazy, Marc Jacobs girls,” said Guido Palau, who styled models including Kendall Jenner and Lady Gaga at the New York finale. Palau’s team created finger waves through the hair, a look widely seen on 1920s flapper girls, modernised by undone ends. “It feels very gothic, strange and almost boyish.” Francois Nars on make-up said he drew inspiration for the gothic look from everyone from Alice Cooper to New York underground club kids. Also undertones of the scary bird man in Black Swan.