Paris Haute Couture Week might be over but the beauty looks that sashayed down the runway are still firmly imprinted in our minds. There was a mood of fantasy and hyper-femininity as runways showcased generous amounts of glitter, facial embellishments, swipes of vibrant clashing colours, graphic lines and the prettiest braids that we honestly want to copy right away.
Major trend: elevated cornrows
The beloved protective style got a fancy revamp on the haute couture runways with models being sent out with some sort of cornrow variation that finished off in a low bun or loose plait at the nape of the neck. As seen at the Christian Dior, Jean Paul Gaultier and Giambattista Valli shows; cornrows were either braided all to the back, featured a deep middle parting, mixed accent cornrows at the hairline with slicked back hair or combined with voluminous textured ponytail pieces. Cornrows were made a showpiece at the Alexis Mabille show as simple cornrows were generously embellished with black or gold rhinestones that added a subtle twinkle to the hair.
Baby high top fades
Natural, Afro-textured hair was taken to new heights at the Jean Paul Gaultier show as models sported baby high top fades paired with sculptural garment designs. Casting our minds to cultural icon Grace Jones’s famous high top fade staple; the cuts were boxy but kept shorter than a conventional high top fade with the sides kept shorter than the crown but not severely faded.