Louis Vuitton’s Resort 2018 Makeup Is a Runway Win – Vogue.com
Your graphic eye makeup just got a cool new upgrade. While searching for inspiration for Louis Vuitton’s 2018 Resort show, Nicolas Ghesquière turned to Japan, merging a wealth of references that included samurai, Kabuki makeup, and the 1970s Japanese film series Stray Cat Rock, each of which offered influences for the bold runway looks at the house’s show, held an hour’s drive outside Kyoto at the Miho Museum today.
Though hair was generally worn mussed, tossed, and romantic—all flyaways welcome—the look’s power was found with samurai-inspired brows framing extreme cat-eyes that winged dramatically from outer corners, courtesy of makeup artist Pat McGrath. Kabuki allusions came with vivid pigments airbrushed around eyes and cheekbones, edged in contrasting tones.
Riffing perhaps on the lesser-known Stray Cat Rock films, which feature a girl gang whose beauty is marked by cool stares and barely-there flicks of liner, Ghesquière’s own model casting offered up a present day formula that’s guaranteed to be an instant win with fashion’s street style set. After all, the exaggerated feline liner looks great with the designer’s hourglass blazers and colorful jeans, and is best carried off with—what else?—an ample dose of real world attitude.