Ahh Paris; the home of croissants, love and of course.. fashion. One of the most anticipated events on the global fashion roster, Paris Couture Week brings a flurry of frills, frocks and fabulosity (porquoi non?), as the style crowd gather to preview a new and welcome set of seasonal delights. This year, the garments were big.. and the hair even bigger. Just ask our friends at Valentino.
DOLCE & GABBANA X GUIDO PALAU
“Each girl has their own look that’s very Dolce: very Italian romance,” revealed Redken Creative Director, Guido Palau. “There’s flowers, crowns, nets, and we’ve dyed beautiful wigs with Redken City Beats and Redken SEQ Pastels. There’s some 60s-inspired chignons, some 40s hair looks. It’s a spectrum of women’s beauty.” One such pastel-hued gem; this exquisite up do, complete with structured bouffant, woven hair rope and gold trimmed tassels. Marie Antoinette gets a millennial upgrade.
MAISON MARGIELA X EUGENE SOULEIMAN
On the subject of pastels..
Wella Professionals Global Creative Director Eugene Souleiman has been known to break a rule or two in the name of fashion (or Maison Margiela for that matter); dousing tresses in everything from glitter to gold paint.. to lathered shampoo (naturally). For this season’s burst of Galliano brilliance, the equivalently brilliant hair master would deliver once again, creating a series of blunt crops – including this rainbow-hued number – to heighten the collection’s air of surrealism.
VALENTINO X GUIDO PALAU
Bigger is better. At least in the case of luxury couture house Valentino. In keeping with designer Pierpaolo Piccioli’s larger than life AW18 vision, Hair Director Guido Palau fashioned a voluminous, 60’s inspired hair look; incorporating six hair pieces per model for an exaggerated silhouette; “The big hair at Valentino was inspired by extravagance. Pierpaolo and I were looking at a 60s Diana Vreeland/Harper’s Bazaar shoots: these women who had this glorious, dream hair. It’s fantasy hair that women dream about.”
FENDI X SAM MCKNIGHT
Valentino weren’t the only ones raising the hair stakes at this year’s Paris Couture Week..
For Fendi’s AW18 offering, hair legend Sam McKnight built this retro-chic, beehive up-do using lashings of his namesake Easy Up-do Texture Spray for added grit alongside layers of padding for increased height. Affectionately dubbed the ‘punk beehive‘, this modern ‘do was finished off with a slicked down front and sharp middle part. The higher the hair..
MIU MIU X GUIDO PALAU
A stark contrast to Palau’s Valentino victory, the hair look for Miu Mia was sleek, glossed-up and elegantly understated; the perfect accompaniment to the collection’s multi-hued fabric palette. Guest models Chloe Sevigny, Kate Bosworth, Uma Thurman (and a host of equally notable faces) sported this sleek wet-do, featuring matted front tendrils, centre or deep side parts and smooth-down ends. Remaining strands were neatly tucked behind the ears, for a clean finish.
CHANEL X SAM MCKNIGHT
For the Chanel Couture show, Hair Director Sam McKnight created this rockabilly-chic quiff and smooth ponytail combo; the perfect counterpoint to this season’s artisanal beadwork, intricate embroidery and feminine silhouettes. Sides were cleanly gelled into place, with front strands aptly backcombed, twisted and sprayed to achieve the final look. Alongside the show’s hero look, a selection of models also sported angular, feather hats for extra drama. Ooh la la!
IRIS VAN HERPEN X MARTIN CULLIN
Dutch designer Iris Van Herpen is renowned for her acute attention to detail; crafting structure-defying silhouettes that meld an assortment of complex, often hallucinatory fabrics. It would seem only fitting thus for this season’s hair look to channel the designer’s penchant for intricacy, with Hair Director Martin Cullin curating this multi-dimensional take on the traditional ponytail. Hair was parted and secured into top and bottom ponytails before which sections were artfully interwoven to achieve the final look.