Stylist: Mimi Cuttrell
Outfit: custom Atelier Versace by Donatella Versace
Makeup Artist: Erin Parsons using Bliss and Maybelline
assisted by Kayla Feeney
Hairstylist: Esther Langham
Manicurist: Mei Kawajiri
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As you may have noticed, I always love writing about the MET Gala and I wanted to focus on one of its boldest outfits from last year: that of Gigi Hadid.
According to the Italian fashion house, Gigi wore an Atelier Versace custom puffer coat worn over a corset catsuit, in a modern interpretation of coats from the late 1800s and a refresh of the Dolman silhouette for a new age of glamour.
Crafted in a deep jewel-toned burgundy silk duchesse, the oversized opera coat featured a degradé quilted finish and was worn over a latex catsuit with boned corset and Atelier Versace pointed neckline. The corset and the overexaggerated volume of the jacket confronted each other in a decadent display of contrast inspired by the volume and dramatic change in womenswear silhouettes of the late 1800s.
On the red carpet, Gigi explicitly said: “We wanted to incorporate how in the 1800s those shapes for womenswear became a lot more exaggerated and started to push boundaries. Of course Versace is always celebrating that.”
It is also interesting that while I was browsing through the pages of the new “Versace Catwalk: The Complete Collections” book, I found a look from the Fall-Winter 1992-1993 Couture collection that echoed the same style, once again proving the iconic status of Donatella Versace who can literally take inspiration from her own archive (God bless Gianni).
If you look at the pictures above, she could have easily reinterpreted and modernized the top by using latex, thinning the straps and wearing a corset over it for added structure.
Hadid also decided to accessorize the look with just a hint of Chopard jewelry: a necklace from the Haute Joaillerie Collection featuring 326.34 carats of black cultured pearls, 33.86 carats of rubellite tourmalines and 9.93 carats of diamonds set in 18-karat rose gold and a ring from the Precious Lace Collection in 18-karat rose gold featuring rubies and diamonds on her right index finger.
Gigi‘s makeup was simple and elevated, thanks to the incomparable artistry of Erin Parsons. The pro kept the model’s skin plain, using just a touch of blush and contour to enhance her features. The star of the look was the lipstick, a fiery vinyl red that perfectly matched the outfit.
Here are all the products Parsons used, ranging of course from Maybelline to Bliss and Fenty Beauty (the list is slightly edited for clarity).
“- Bliss – Holographic Foil Eye Patches to hydrate, followed by the Bright Idea Serum: Vitamin C + Tri-Peptide Collagen Protecting + Brightening Serum and the Rest Assured Eye Cream to ease puffiness.”
– Maybelline – Super Stay 30H Foundation in Shade 105;
– Maybelline – Super Stay Concealer 30H in Shade 11;
– Maybelline – Nudes of New York Palette;
– Maybelline – the Falsies Lash Lift Waterproof Mascara in ‘Brownish Black‘;
– Maybelline – Tattoo Brow Lift Stick (no shade specified);
– Maybelline – Cheek Heat in 25 ‘Fuschia Spark‘;
– Fenty Beauty – Match Stix Contour in ‘Amber‘;
– Maybelline – Color Sensational Shaping Lip Liner in 153 ‘Divine Wine‘;
– Maybelline – Super Stay Vinyl Ink in ‘Wicked‘;
– Maybelline – Super Stay Vinyl Ink in ‘Red Hot‘;
– Maybelline – Master Strobing Stick Illuminating Highlighter in 100;
– Maybelline – Lasting Fix Banana Loose Setting Powder.
I feel like people didn’t care too much about her hair, probably because of the size of her cape. If you carefully looked at it, it was an intricate updo, the hair was knotted and intertwined, finished off by leaving just the ends out, going straight in opposite directions.
This masterful creation was courtesy of Esther Langham, very appreciated in the field for her editorial looks.
Of course we couldn’t leave the nails out, indeed Gigi sported what seemed to be oval shaped matte red press-ons by nail artist and friend Mei Kawajiri. Sadly we were not able to find any detail related to their preparation or their color, you can just enjoy them in all their beauty.
I think we can honestly commend Gigi Hadid for her ability to choose the right collaborators for every occasion. Each one of them usually is a point of reference for other creatives in the same field and it is a testament to the model’s respect for her peers. Like her sister Bella, she always lifts up her friends and colleagues, highlighting their work by acting as a muse and catalyst for attention given the huge amount of fans she has across her platforms.
Despite her fame she is never arrogant, she is instead humble and cooperative and it makes her one of the most inspiring models out there.
I can also never say enough good things about her stylist Mimi Cuttrell–I admire her work, her vision, her versatility, her work ethic and her discretion. I would probably aspire to be like her if I had the chance to become a stylist (a career I wanted to pursue).