During Fall 2011/12 Paris Couture Fashion Week, we've seen plenty of daring (and sometimes downright bizarre) styling that seems to defy explanation. From Chanel to Dior, can you guess what the concept behind these looks is supposed to be? Take the quiz, and you just might be surprised.
Garlands have been showing up everywhere for several months now, and they're poised to be the next big hair accessory trend. The latest, prettiest iteration on the look (and by far the most wearable) is the simple gold daisy chains we saw on models at the Valentino show at 2011 Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week. Slender chain garlands are much less obtrusive than a wreath, and low-key enough to wear any time.
Luckily, it's easy to make your own wreath out of an inexpensive gold-toned charm necklace. All you do is pin the ends of the chain together in the back. There are plenty of cute, inexpensive pieces that look a lot like the Valentino chains, too, like Cath Kidston's short floral necklace ($17, no. 4) or this gold and pearl charm necklace ($57, no. 2) from Blu Bijoux. If you want a readymade double band, Forever 21's flower charm necklace ($3, no. 1) is a bargain.
And if you're not comfortable making your own, there are also some very similar headbands available, like this silver double-banded L. Erickson engaged headband ($32, no. 3) and this glitzy beaded headwrap ($6, no. 5), also from Forever 21.
Paris Couture Week is a fascinating peek into what stars do when they want to look chic and formal. Given how far ahead of the trends they are already, that means hair and makeup even an avant-garde enfant terrible would approve of. From Cate Blanchett and Diane Kruger to Katie Holmes and Milla Jovovich, see the tricks leading ladies use to make sure their hair and makeup get (and stay) pretty and polished.
The 2011 Paris haute couture season is upon us, and with it the most imaginative designs from some of fashion's biggest names, from stalwarts like Armani to rising stars like Alexis Mabille. Couture Week is usually a great way to look into the fashion future, since what comes down the runway here may affect trends in ready to wear for several seasons. So which nail shades, hairstyles, and eyeliner shapes should you be on the lookout for? Just take a peek into our couture crystal ball to find out.
Paris Haute Couture Week just ended, and it feels like the shows went by incredibly quickly this season. We saw some truly avant-garde looks this year from the likes of auteurs like John Galliano, and some absolutely beautiful work from relative newcomers like Stéphane Rolland. If you haven't gotten to see photos from all the shows, I've grabbed the best look from each, distilled the most important features of the look, and put them all in a handy 20-image slideshow. So, ready to get up to speed on all things couture in a flash?
Stars are always out looking their very swankiest during Paris Haute Couture Week, when designers like John Galliano and Karl Lagerfeld unveil their dreamiest, most artistic pieces. With tons of parties, glamorous people from all over the world, and high fashion folk to impress, it's easy to see why people are at their best during these events, and also why we can learn from their party-proofing makeup and hair tricks. I've gathered five of the smartest celebrity style ideas from the haute couture front rows. They may not be as wild as what's on the runway, but they're plenty useful for a girls' night out.