Since Meghan Markle wed Prince Harry in a ceremony that left no eye dry, all attention has been on the British royal family, but this morning, designer Cate Holstein, who staged Khaite’s second-ever runway show, directed the fashion flock’s gaze towards another Highness: Princess Stéphanie of Monaco, who in 1987 turned up at a charity ball with strings of sparkling diamantes falling over the top of her head.
“Every girl is getting the bling treatment,” hairstylist Eugene Souleiman declared backstage, a host of handcrafted hair pieces spread before him. While the Princess's hair had been pulled back into a “very glamorous, very ladylike” taut bun, Souleiman sought to put a modern spin on the look: “I wanted to make it less clean and perfect,” he explained. To do so, he applied Wella mousse to roots, leaving lengths long and loose, before delicately placing each statement piece—Swarovski crystals for show opener Lexi Boling; classic pearls for Rebecca Longendyke—atop crowns.
The above-the-neck accessories weren’t the only shining moment, though: Models’ complexions were coated in a layer of Tata Harper’s Hydrating Floral Mask, which was left on. “Really, the trick is all about blending it in and making it seem as if it’s your skin,” makeup artist Gucci Westman explained before topping off the botanical layer with a dab of creamy blush and a slick of Westman Atelier’s new mascara. Worn with a thin-tipped French manicure, the final look was a lesson in thoroughly regal beauty made era-appropriate and effortless.
Originally Appeared on Vogue