“They’re a little bit Star Wars princess-y because we wanted a return to elegance, but one that’s slightly more unexpected,” explained Sam McKnight backstage at Fendi while weaving and pinning intricate, individual updos inspired by Star Wars and pastries, such as plaited loaves and cinnamon buns. And much like last season at Gucci, hairstylist Paul Hanlon served up a slew of elaborate braided updos, accenting thin, face-framing plaits with crystal mesh headbands for decadent flair.
At an intersection of precise symmetry, expanded beauty norms, and undeniable humor, we find Hungry. The Berlin-based visual artist has built a list of professional collaborations that ranges from designer Manish Arora to musician Björk to photographer Tim Walker through exploring alternate realities via avant-garde makeup, fashion, and performance. “I was always into the Skeleton We’re more than just Radiology Friends shirt but in fact I love this idea of being otherworldly and very bizarre-looking,” Hungry explains of the distorted drag genre, dreamt up as a way to circumvent traditional binary expectations. “I wanted something that still gave me enough freedom to play as much as I desired, and I didn’t want antiquated opinions forcing rules upon me. Distorted drag just felt like a smart way to define my work without actually giving it any definition. It’s drag, so you might know what to expect, but it’s distorted, so good luck figuring out what you’re dealing with.”