Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week is coming. Why do you need to know this? And why should you care? Well, Monday’s Schiaparelli show is causing a stir thanks to a realistic-looking lion head donned by Kylie Jenner, the embellished beauty of Doja Cat, and the extravagant runway looks.
The high level takeaways
Jenner sat in the front row at Schiaparelli, a French fashion brand headed by creative director Daniel Roseberry, in a ruffled black velvet dress with a fake lion’s head made of faux fur, foam and resin at the front.
While some called the look “disturbing” and “inappropriate,” PETA praised it. “Kylie’s appearance celebrates the beauty of lions and could be a statement against trophy hunting, where lion families are torn apart to satisfy human selfishness,” PETA president Ingrid Newkirk told TMZ.
Doja Cat was also present, but was unrecognizable as her body was painted red and adorned with 30,000 Swarovski crystals.
What people say…
Fashion lover or not, many people have an opinion about Schiaparelli’s latest work.
Pop culture commentator Cami Twomey points out that Jenner wasn’t the only person to wear a lifelike animal head as part of her look. Irinia Shayk even sported the same lion head down the runway, while Shalom Harlow sported a snow leopard on the front of her dress and Naomi Campbell sported a faux black wolf coat.
Behind-the-scenes moments posted to TikTok included a peek at Jenner stroking her fake lion’s mane while sitting in the front row, and Doja Cat arriving at her call time at 4 a.m. with makeup artist Pat McGrath’s team.
And finally, TikTok star Tinx posed the question we’re all wondering: How on earth did Doja get rid of all those crystals and paint after the show?
Style Not Com kept followers updated with a full coverage of the Schiaparelli show, which also gave some insight into Roseberry’s inspiration for the “Inferno” collection.
Both Jenner and the Schiaparelli brand used their own pages to assure onlookers that the animal heads were man-made. “NO ANIMALS WERE HARMED IN THE CREATION OF THIS LOOK,” the brand wrote, referring to the faux fur, foam and resin textures.
Defending the lion head, Shayk wrote: “I support these incredible artists who worked tirelessly with their hands using wool, silk and foam to sculpt this embroidered lion and the image of Pride, an image @schiaparelli evokes while exploring themes I am honored to also be called upon to lend my art as a woman to this @danielroseberry.’
Commentators had no problem expressing their unfavorable opinion.
“It is sickening to see the images of these endangered animals in the form of pelts!” noted model Christie Brinkley. “The beauty of these magnificent animals comes when we see them alive, respected, protected and walking free. This is a huge fashion FAUX ‘PAW’‼️”
“This is highly inappropriate,” wrote another, “gag or not, this should never have been designed.”
Jenner’s friends and fans also praised the look and channeling of her Leo energy.
As for Doja’s striking look, people were less offended by her ensemble but more shocked when McGrath revealed that the head-to-toe makeup took 4 hours and 58 minutes to complete.
Jenner’s look was both denounced and defended by people taking their thoughts to Twitter.
The only debate about Doja was whether the look was worth spending hours in a makeup chair or not.
Still, her efforts have been praised.
In the press
Fashion released a lookbook of everything presented on the show, providing context for Jenner and Doja’s extreme looks. The publication also included details from the show’s notes that clarified Roseberry’s intentions, sharing that “he wanted to ‘celebrate the glory of nature and guard the woman who bears her.’ are not intended to be portable. “For designers, it’s about pushing the boundaries of craftsmanship and technique; for celebrities attending the shows, it’s an opportunity to unleash their style creativity,” the fashion publication wrote. “Obviously, both Schiaparelli and Jenner were on the same wavelength here.”
Tara Gonzalez writes in Harper’s Bazaar that “the reaction to the show feels as much a take on Dante’s Inferno as the clothes, which may have been the point all along. Roseberry knew he could be thrown to the wolves of the internet for this – which may be the tenth circle of hell – and seems to welcome it.
The cut noted that “couture is an industry where craftsmanship and art reign supreme and is known in its own right for pushing the boundaries of what fashion can be. Schiaparelli specifically often takes those themes and turns them on their heads with detail-oriented artistry and a signature take on Surrealism.
both illustrated the ways in which Jenner’s appearance specifically divided the internet and evaluated both sides of the argument.
HighSnobbishness pointed out that the surreal animal heads were a bold mood for any fashion house after the recent Balenciaga scandal. “It is believed that fashion brands are currently walking on eggshells,” the piece read. “Schiaparelli’s inspiration and resulting designs certainly seemed innocent on paper. Who could have expected the animal heads to explode like this?”
As TBEN said, “You never know what you’re going to get at a Schiaparelli show, you’re sure it’s going to be flamboyant with lots of gold and elaborate jewelry. But the house isn’t predictable and neither is this collection.”
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