Paris Couture Week Party Hair Inspiration
The ponytails spotted on the catwalk at couture were, well, befitting of couture—elegant, intricate, and like nothing you’d find at the gym. At Chanel, Sam McKnight added extensions, then gave each tail a “double twist” before covering it in a fine net, “almost like a snood.” At Dior, Guido Palau used two different curling irons—one a half-inch wide, one an inch-and-a-half—to craft romantic, windswept waves that he then secured at the nape.
Texture was a major trend at couture—though stylists achieved it in a wide variety of ways. The tight, tiny coils at Miu Miu were crafted by Palau via an old-school “tissue set”: After raking Redken Guts 10 Volume Spray through hair and rough-drying, he wrapped small half-inch pieces around twisted paper towels, clamped each section in a flatiron, then brushed the resulting ringlets out with a wide-tooth comb. For a real-world version, Palau suggests separating hair into larger sections to yield softer curls.
Meanwhile, at Fendi, crimping made a surprise comeback. “You could use a crimper, but I wanted it to look less manufactured,” says Fendi stylist McKnight. “Crimps look more modern when they’re slightly undone and not all equal.” The pro prepped strands with Hair by Sam McKnight Modern Hairspray, then made tiny braids all over the head, setting each plait with a flatiron before unraveling. To prevent the style from skewing ’80s aerobics instructor, start braiding or crimping a few inches away from your scalp (this will eliminate excess volume). Pull the top half of hair up into a ponytail and slick the front with a dollop of pomade.
A spate of July’s couture shows gave new meaning to “shiny hair”: At Maison Margiela, Eugene Souleiman coated Bella Hadid’s brunette strands in gold glitter to stunning effect; at Jean Paul Gaultier, Odile Gilbert— inspired by India’s colorful Holi festival—doused models’ hair and center parts in a dazzling metallic finish. For a holiday-party version, try gilding just one face-framing section of hair. While Gilbert blended loose gold pigment (the same used by makeup artists) with a mixing medium to create her hair paint, DIYers might try Manic Panic Dye Hard Temporary Hair Color Styling Gel in Glam Gold.
Some of the shows’ most memorable hair moments were driven not by the hair, exactly, but by the ornaments in it. The key to making a hair accessory look cool: “Make it the star and skip the [polished] hairdo,” says Palau, who tucked velvet roses into undone knots at Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda. Palau was in good company: At Fendi, fur pom-poms were affixed to fuzzy crimped sections; at Peter Dundas, stark black grosgrain ribbon secured billowing braids; and at Elie Saab, gilded forehead bands finished off Game of Thrones lengths. Even baby’s breath—yes, the filler fleur—made for ethereal crowns at Rodarte, thanks to L.A.-based florist Joseph Free’s collab with Gilbert. “Baby’s breath is a flower that you don’t usually want,” Gilbert says. “Use them in your hair, and the effect is just…wow!”
At Chanel, Cara Delevingne, Katy Perry, Kristen Stewart, and Tilda Swinton all got the memo that white is white-hot, arriving with an array of crops the color of freshly fallen snow. But the dye job of the season belonged to Karlie Kloss, who went from sunny blond to pure platinum thanks to colorist Christina Cessna. “I’ve always wanted to do it and never had the opportunity because of contracts or jobs. About three hours before I got on a flight to Paris, I decided to switch it up,” says Kloss, who debuted her new hue front row at Christian Dior. Cessna warns that “being an icy blonde is a full-time job,” and brassiness-eliminating purple shampoo is a must. (Kloss’s go-to: Christophe Robin Shade Variation Care Nutritive Mask in Baby Blonde.) On the fence? Cessna suggests trying a wig and sending a few selfies to friends for feedback. For Kloss, “wearing my fair share of platinum wigs over the years” on set is precisely what convinced her. “It photographs in an edgy, cool way, but it’s also really glamorous.”
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