Ahh Paris; the home of croissants, love and of course… fashion. Kicking off the global fashion roster, Paris Couture Week brings a flurry of frills, frocks and fabulosity to the forefront (porquoi non?), as the style crowd gather to preview a new and welcome set of seasonal delights. In typical Couture Week fashion, this season’s garments were uber-luxe. As for the hair? As show-stopping as ever. Don’t believe us… take a glance through 7 of our hair and beauty highlights from the dazzling week that was. Prepare to screenshot.
SLICKED BACK HAIR AT CHANEL
Hair maestro Sam McKnight (once again) brought the drama to the catwalk, creating this high-shine, slicked-back hair look that perfectly complemented Virginie Viard’s romantic Chanel offering. With characteristic finesse (and plenty of hairspray), Sam alternated between deep side parts, slick ponytails and low chignons… and all we can say is, c’est magnifique.
Images via @kaiagerber, @chanelbeauty
STRUCTURED BRILLIANCE AT IRIS VAN HERPEN
Frequent collaborator and this season’s Hair Director Martin Cullin channeled Iris Van Herpen’s penchant for theatricality with this artisanal hair look, carefully coiling gelled pieces across the tops of models’ heads for maximum impact. Hair was first meticulously gelled into seamless bun formations, before which additional coiled sections were snaked down the nape. Medusa eat your heart out.
Images via @martincullen65, @bjornaxen
BRAIDED CROWNS AT DIOR
Nothing says luxury quite like Dior. For one of the brand’s most regal looks yet, Hair Director Guido Palau fashioned this braided crown that gently sat atop models heads. Looks were completed with sheer, whimsical veils and two-pronged graphic eyeliner, courtesy of Dior Makeup Director Peter Phillips. Bow down.
Images via @dior
FROST & GILDED DETAILS AT GUO PEI
This season’s Guo Pei showcase was a fashionable tour-de-force (but of course) and in keeping with the ever-so-high glam stakes, Hair Director Beppe D’Elia crafted not one but multiple statement looks, each of which was alternated across the show’s cast of models. While some sported frosted tips and brows, others were adorned with opulent gold headpieces. Snow Queen meets modern monarch.
Images via @guopei, @massimo.moeller
POPS OF COLOUR AT MAISON MARGIELA
It isn’t a Eugene Souleiman x Maison Margiela collab without a generous splash of colour. And for this season’s couture runway, the pair delivered… yet again. Hair was draped with colourful textiles – namely flocked cabbage leaves and biodegradable headpieces – in pops of tangerine, electric blue and beyond. Looks were finished with soft skin and boldly-hued lips, courtesy of makeup queen Pat McGrath. The dream team strikes again.
Images via @eugenesouleiman, @maisonmargiela, @felicenova
TOP KNOTS & TATTOOS AT VIKTOR & ROLF
For Viktor & Rolf’s Couture Spring sojourn, Hair Director Damien Boissinot crafted this effortless top-knot – made all the more charming by soft, wispy front-strands. Offsetting the hair’s delicate finish, models’ faces (and in some cases – body parts) were meticulously gilded with faux tattoo lettering. Post Malone meets Victorian chic.
Images via @viktor&rolf
BEJEWELLED BODIES AT SCHIAPARELLI
Saving the best and boldest for last, Hair Director extraordinaire Eugene Souleiman kept hair (uncharacteristically) pared back at Schiaparelli… allowing for beauty and accessories to really do the talking. As pictured here on it-model Agi Akur, the looks saw diamond encrusted embellishments adorn garments and bodies alike to create a wash of sparkle. Swoooon.
Image via @agiakur