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paris haute couture fashion week recap

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last week saw the return of haute couture fashion week, in the fashion capital of paris. known for being the arena where the world's most celebrated designers turn out their most creative, most beautiful and oftentimes most over-the-top creations. while some would argue that designs on display are out of touch with reality, it is undeniable that the couture shows deliver the glamour and excitement that makes fashion so very fascinating. here, we take a look at some of the hair and makeup looks that we can't wait to try out, as well as the looks that demanded a double (or triple!) take.





it was apparent that, much like the fall ready-to-wear collections, the fall couture collections were marked by a sense of dichotomy, especially when it came to the beauty looks. in one camp, there were the soft, ethereal hairstyles paired with a natural makeup palette, as spotted at valentino, as well as sleek blowouts with subtle yet smoldering eye makeup, seen at elie saab and armani prive. another favorite was chanel, where models walked the runway with slightly messy hair that we're dying to re-create and minimal makeup, save for an attention-grabbing red lip.



on the other hand, designers like john galliano for christian dior and jean-paul gaultier showed hair and makeup that was certainly in keeping with their reputations as envelope-pushing, theatrical and bombastic players in the industry. at dior, hair was styled up, up and away in a style that only galliano could have envisioned. gaultier sent his models down the catwalk with elaborate and similarly high-styled turbans -- some made of fabric, and others constructed with the models' hair! in stark contrast to the sleek, straight blowouts seen at other shows, fellow fashion renegade vivienne westwood favored a frizzy, crimped hairstyle complete with a middle part and eccentric blue eyeshadow.





what are your favorite looks from haute couture fashion week? do you like your couture traditionally extravagant, or do you think it should be more wearable?

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