Kylie Jenner’s ultra-realistic lion head caused a stir at Paris Fashion Week

Paris Fashion Week kicked off with a bang when Kylie Jenner showed up at the first show of the season wearing a realistic lion head on her shoulder.

Schiaparelli’s gown, which also appeared on the runway, was made of “foam, wool and silk faux fur and hand-painted to look as realistic as possible,” the brand said on Instagram.

To make things clear, the brand added in capital letters: “NO ANIMALS were harmed in the creation of this look.”

Related: Dior revives the spirit of Josephine Baker as a runway guiding light

But choosing the controversial youngest offspring of the Kardashian-Jenner clan to debut in a dress open to interpretation may have been a mistake by the French fashion house.

If anyone were to wear a real lion’s head, commentators on social media reasoned, it would be Jenner. A few Twitter users he seemed to have mistaken the head for a real piece of taxidermy.

Russian model Irina Shayk walks the runway in a lion gown at the Schiaparelli show.

Russian model Irina Shayk walks the catwalk in a lion dress. Photo: REX/Shutterstock

Some reactions were more nuanced. One of the comments on Schiaperelli’s Instagram post, which drew over 600 likes, read: “We need to stop showing animals as luxury ‘products’.” They may be made of foam, but they are an endangered species that have been killed in the past so their fur could be turned into clothing.”

The fashion house, which has deep ties to the surrealist art movement, was founded in 1927. Like many luxury fashion brands at the time, the house, under its founder Elsa Schiaparelli, used exotic furs and animal skins in its products. original heyday. While the large animal motifs remained when the brand was revived by Tod’s Group in 2012, the house later ditched real fur.

Not all animal rights activists were bothered by the lion, and Peta’s president, Ingrid Newkirk, praised the look. She told TMZ that the brand’s collection of 3D animal heads was “fabulously innovative” and “could be a statement against trophy hunting where lion families are torn apart to satisfy human egotism.”

Naomi Campbell models a black wolf-head gown on the Schiaparelli runway.

More faux fur: Naomi Campbell models a black wolf-head gown on the Schiaparelli runway. Photo: REX/Shutterstock

Jenner’s look was one of a series of faux fur garments designed by Daniel Roseberry. The collection also includes a black wolf head, based on Naomi Campbell, and a strapless snow leopard gown with an equally realistic head snarling from the corset.

In addition to the concert at the Petit Palais, musician Doja Cat also attracted (human) attention. Her entire face and body were painted red and studded with 30,000 Swarovski crystals. Dubbed “Doja’s inferno” by Pat McGrath, the make-up artist who created it, the elaborate make-up with visual effects required more than five hours.

Doja Cat’s look was a nod to the Roseberry collection, which was inspired by Dante’s nine circles of hell.

Seeing red: Doja Cat during Paris Fashion Week.

Seeing red: Doja Cat during Paris Fashion Week. Photo: Jacopo Raule/Getty Images

In the notes for the show, Roseberry wrote, “What I liked about ‘Inferno’ was not just the theatricality of Dante’s creations – it was a perfect metaphor for the anguish any artist or creative person experiences when sitting in front of a screen or sketchbook.”

The Inferno motif may have been a nod to the design process, but it could also refer to the reception of the collection.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *