The Chanel Spring 2018 Couture show channeled a cheerful garden party full of pastels, delicate floral details and so many roses. To complement Karl Lagerfeld's collection of tweed separates and embellished ankle boots, the beauty look, shown above on Kaia Gerber — who made her couture debut at Tuesday's Chanel show — included delicate veils, faux florals and bright-fuchsia lips.
Veils are not new to the Chanel runway. Most recently, models wore them for the label's Métiers d'Art runway in Hamburg, and before that at the Spring 2015 Couture show. But this season's lacy face coverings were more delicate than those on Chanel runways past, constructed from a particularly gauzy fabric, falling just below the chin. To really drive home the garden party theme, the veils were also secured at the crown of the head with a voluminous burst of pastel faux flowers.
Beneath the veils, the hair — styled by Sam McKnight — was about as unfussy as it gets. For the models with long hair, that meant low, slightly mussed ponytails secured at the nape of the neck. McKnight shared the above behind-the-scenes video from backstage, captioning it with his own description of the look: "Using #coolgirl backstage at #CHANELHauteCouture for textured ponytails. Tied simply with black elastic, hidden under slim back ribbon." To be clear, McKnight is referencing not just the oft-cited "cool girl" aesthetic, but actually a specific texturizing spray from his own hair product line, called Cool Girl Barely There Texture Mist.
For models with short hair, like Francesca Summers (below), McKnight created the same sort of undone, piece-y texture, and simply omitted the ponytail portion. (They still received the same veil-and-floral accessory.)
The resulting overall effect was a hairstyle that was fancy in the front, chill in the back. Paired with Chanel's trademark tweed in a rainbow of hues, it had quite the impact.
The accompanying makeup look created by Tom Pecheux centered mainly around bright, fuchsia lips with a shiny finish and matching, pink-flushed cheeks. On its own, this makeup look may have verged on being a bit dated and '80s. But beneath the veils, the flashes of rosy tones peeked through, creating a coy, romantic effect and prevented the models' faces from getting completely lost under a sea of black tulle.