We’re used to celebrities pushing the boundaries when it comes to fashion but Kylie Jenner has taken it to a whole new level — and put herself in good stead for the most bizarre outfit of the year.
The reality star turned heads as she arrived for the Schiaparelli Haute Couture show, to mark the start of Paris Couture Week, wearing a black velvet gown topped with a giant, lifelike — and fake — lion’s head.
Jenner shared her latest look on Instagram confirming the beast was indeed fake.
“BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. thank you @danielroseberry and @schiaparelli for such a special morning. wow i loved wearing this faux art creation constructed by hand using manmade materials. beautiful beautiful (sic),” she wrote.
But to animal-lovers, parading outfits featuring realistic heads of a lion, a leopard and a wolf on the catwalk was not a roaring success.
“Grim! Real or fake this just promotes trophy hunting. Yuck!” Carrie Johnson, the wife of the former prime minister Boris, wrote on Instagram.
Surprisingly animal rights organisation PETA has hailed the creation as “fabulously innovative.”
“Kylie, Naomi and Irina’s looks celebrate the beauty of wild animals and may be a statement against trophy hunting, in which lions and wolves are torn apart to satisfy human egotism,” Ingrid Newkirk, president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, said.
“We encourage everyone to stick with 100 per cent cruelty-free designs that showcase human ingenuity and prevent animal suffering.”
Along with Jenner’s lion-inspired look, Schiaparelli’s spring 2023 couture collection designed by Daniel Roseberry, included outfits with realistic leopard and wolf heads modelled by Shalom Harlow and Naomi Campbell — a nod to the three beasts in Dante’s Inferno.
Schiaparelli has also defended its designs, explaining the animal heads were made from “hand-sculpted foam” as well as “wool and silk faux fur”, and were “hand painted to look as life-like as possible, celebrating the glory of the natural world”.
Jenner wasn’t the only celeb turning heads with Doja Cat taking the Dante’s Inferno inspiration to heart.
The musician’s entire face and body was painted red and covered with 30,000 Swarovski crystals.
The intricate visual effects makeup by makeup artist Pat McGrath, took more than five hours to apply.
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