Pat McGrath’s Flashing Foil Lips Steal the Show at Maison Margiela

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Holding court at Maison Margiela's headquarters in the 11th arrondissement of Paris, designer John Galliano gave showgoers a raw, inside-the-atelier view of his Fall 2017 couture collection. At the presentation, scraps of fabric were still strewn across cutting tables and unfinished designs hanging off mannequins. The show's deconstructed perspective was also echoed in the designer's beauty inspiration: The art of expeditiously—yet glamorously—getting ready.


"It's a lip that's 'thrown on," Galliano told Vogue's Hamish Bowles of the makeup look prior to the show. For backstage collaborator Pat McGrath, this direction translated into a variety of abstract, multi-colored mouths stamped with structured foil. For each interpretation, the shiny material, which came in a variety of jewel tones and metallics, was layered over whisper-light transparent paper and a swipe of McGrath's richly-pigmented Lust MatteTrance lipstick in "Elson," a bright, blue-based red that was customized for English model and musician Karen Elson.

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