Kendall Jenner as Jordan Knight at Chanel Couture
It was a big deal when an almost unrecognizable Kendall Jenner hit the runway for Marc Jacobs at New York Fashion Week in February. Since then, she’s written a novel with her sister, landed a Givenchy campaign, and shot a handful of high fashion editorials for magazines like Vogue Paris and Interview. She hit another milestone yesterday, making her haute couture debut at Chanel’s show in Paris.
The California girl turned punk for the collection Karl Largerfeld described as “Baroque meets Le Corbusier.” Hairstylist Sam McKnight built wind-swept faux hawks on each model, lending the formal clothes the house’s trademark stamp of irreverence. McKnight told Style.com that it was an homage to the “’80s boy band, New Wave spiky quiff,” or, as we’d put it, a spin on Jordan Knight circa New Kids on the Block. His team used dish soap to wash over 50 hairpieces to get the kind of dry texture he needed, before pumping them full of mousse and two different dry shampoos—Bumble and bumble Thickening Dryspun Finish ($29) and Batiste ($8)—for extra grit and hold. The models’ own hair was slicked back into tight buns underneath each piece.
The metallic eyeliner is easier to wear in real life; try Urban Decay’s 24/7 Liquid Eyeliner ($19) in Bobby Dazzle. And now that Jenner’s dipped her toe into the most exclusive ring of the fashion industry, expect to see her in many different guises moving forward.