Kendall Jenner had quite the makeover before heading out on the Balmain runway earlier this week.
The 20-year-old had swapped her brunette locks for an icy blonde wig, which was offset with a pared-down make-up look.
She wasn’t the only model who’d undergone a transformation. A number of Balmain’s famous faces had changed up their ‘dos, with Kendall’s BFF Gigi Hadid rocking chestnut waves.
Hair stylist Sam McKnight was the one who’d prepared the wigs for the show, telling Vogue: ‘Olivier [Rousteing – Balmain’s creative director] wanted to transform some girls with hair colour.
‘So we did Kendall, Karlie [Kloss] and Alessandra [Ambrosio] as blondes, and Gigi, Lily [Donaldson] and Rosie [Huntington-Whiteley] dark. All their opposite colours. We spent 10 hours prepping and cutting wigs…’
Crikey. There’s no denying that this style switch-up caused quite a stir on the FROW. And it seems Olivier did a fantastic job of keeping schtum beforehand.
Supporting Kendall in the French capital were her mum Kris Jenner and brother-in-law Kanye West, who had no idea what was in store.
Kris tells WWD: ‘I was so proud of Kendall. It was a surprise. I didn’t know she was going to be blonde, and I didn’t know she was going to open and close the show.
‘I thought she looked great. It’s so much fun to see the artistic direction of the show.’
And that wasn’t the only thing about Kendall’s appearance that Kris was a little taken aback by.
With the AW16 collection showcasing a number of corset-inspired pieces, the silhoutte was long and lean with an emphasis on the hourglass shape.
She continues: ‘When [Kendall] walked away. I didn’t realise how tiny her waist was. I said to Kanye: “Look at her waist. It’s so tiny. She’s definitely a Balmain girl.”‘