Often times when the word “windswept” is used within the context of beauty, it’s in referral to perfectly undone beach waves sported by the likes of Blake Lively and Victoria’s Secret models. Here, it’s about to be used literally: the makeup and hair, by Val Garland and Sam McKnight respectively, gave audiences perhaps the most authentic realisation of windswept beauty ever to grace a runway. Wet hair smothered across faces and smudged makeup of a Crayola colour palette gave the impression that models had either stumbled out of an aggressive tempest or taken a spontaneous dip in the pool after being attacked by a year one art class. Characteristically avant-garde, the beauty look set the tone for a collection that’s as far away from bombshell beach wave vibes as possible.
Don’t let the unruly hair and erratic approach to styling fool you: Kronthaler’s collection is as luxe as you can find. Entangled within the web of theatrical props and unconventional draping lay sumptuous silks and craftsmanship second to none, enticingly undone in a way that suggests the wearer simply threw it on and effortlessly reached peak chic. Seductive in its own unsexiness, this is opulent dressing for the fearless consumer.
Believe it or not, the glitter smeared models lined across the back of the runway, wrapped in duvets, hadn’t just stumbled out of bed hungover only to accidentally find themselves on a catwalk, they were placed there by Kronthaler himself as part of the set. Apparently, the original building was too unsympathetic and needed a human touch in order to truly marry with the collection. We’re not so sure about that, but if there’s any plight that we can sympathise with, it’s that of the duvet encased trek downstairs for a cup of tea the morning after a big party.