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July 21, 2021

The Best Hair & Beauty Looks From Haute Couture Fashion Week 2021

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Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2021: Best Of Hair & Beauty

As if we needed another reason to dress up and go out after a year of digital meetings, friend hangs and fashion shows—the Paris Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2021 collections showed up with maximalism beauty galore. The trend radar shows: Bold eyes, trippy nails, punk-influenced updos and no beach waves in sight!

 

Keep scrollin’ for the ~hautest~ hair and beauty moments from this summer’s collection reveals that will keep you inspired until next Fashion Week szn.

 

1. Viktor & Rolf

Between The New Royals collection, and our continuous “Bridgerton” and “The Crown” binging this year, it might be time to invest in a pearl headpiece? We think so.  

 

Hair by Hester Wernert Rijn (@hesterwernert) with Authentic Beauty Concept and MUA by David Koppelaar (@davidkoppelaar)

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Show Notes: “A Royal Pain In The A**” reads across a sash on one of the delightfully decadent runway looks at Viktor & Rolf. The collection’s details include embellishments in excess, Swarovski crystals and colorful jewels that could send even Marie Antoinette into a tizzy. “Each model has a soft pearlescent tone blending into their skin to match their majestic outfit,” said MUA artist David Koppelaar.

 

 

2. Pyer Moss

Rollers, braids, finger waves and graphic nails! Get the look: To secure the finger wave baby hairs on the face, lead stylist Jawara used gel or edge cream and set with the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer Professional Edition and the Diffuser Attachment.

 

Hair by Jawara (@jawaraw) with Dyson

 

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MUA by Mali Magic (@kingmalimagic) & Nails by Gina Edwards (@ginaedwards_)

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Show Notes: “The hair curler outfit alone took months because, ‘It was just people sitting there and curling real weaves onto hair rollers,’” designer Kerby Jean-Raymond told Associated Press. As the first Black American designer to be invited to present for a Paris Haute Couture season, the monumental show’s concept paid tribute to Black inventors throughout history—it even included a nod to Lyda D. Newman who patented the first hairbrush with synthetic bristles. 

 

3. Giambattista Valli

*Add some campy flare!* “Ultra-feminine sculpted shapes, a retro element and larger-than-life bows and floral accents were on display at the haute hotspot in Paris. The fluffy, teased updos created by high fashion hair legend Odile Gilbert were inspired by, “’60s photographs of Bendetta Barzini and Maria Berenson,” according to Vogue.

 

Hair by Odile Gilbert (@odilegilbert_oficial)

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Show Notes: “Paris, cradle of Haute Couture. Paris to which this Art belongs. Paris burning with its renewed vitality. An evasive nocturnal walk, with a slight taste for danger in search of the pleasure of reliving these emotions,” Giambattista Valli shared on Instagram. “A sense of unknown pervades one’s walk in the Ville Lumière. Pieces of present, past and future memories emerge. Its glares, its glamour made up of nights filled with lights reflected on wet asphalt, its promiscuity, its eclectic and voyeuristic aesthetic à la Ryan Murphy.”

 

4. Chanel

Braided mohawks paired with the signature Chanel bow—could there be anything cooler? The rock ‘n’ roll beauty element carried through the eye look as well with smoky, cool-toned black and blue bold eyeliner.

 

Hair by Damien Boissinot (@damienboissinothair)

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Show Notes: “Soft violet was met with lines of vivid blue and black for statement eyes, while creamy peach tones gave warmth to lips and cheeks,” Chanel Beauty shared on Instagram. “Complementing the contrasts of the collection, bold eyes and lashes were offset by a glowing complexion.”

 

 

5. Jean Paul Gaultier x Sacai

If you’re on Instagram or watched the first episode of the “Gossip Girl” reboot, you’ve heard tattoo artist Dr. Woo’s name. The collaborative design team invited the artist to make his mark on the collection with tattoo designs, paired with the masterful hair designs by Guido Palau.

 

Hair by Guido Palau (@guidopalau) & MUA by Diane Kendal (@diane.kendal)

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Show Notes: “[Sacai designer] Chitose Abe runs the Jean Paul Gaultier universe through the Sacai filter with 31 looks,” the design house shared on Instagram. “This collection is in line with the new collaborative era, inviting other guests like tattoo artist Dr. Woo, shoe designer Pierre Hardy and Nike.”

 

 

6. Iris van Herpen

“Luminous life takes root from each fingertip,” the designer shared on Instagram. These dream-like beauty looks included transparent 3D printed nail art, braids and wet looks that literally transcend earthlike beauty with otherworldly brilliance.

 

Hair by Olivier Schawalder (@olivierschawalder) & Nail art in collaboration with Eichi Matsunaga (@eichimatsunaga)

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Show Notes: For the Earthrise collection, Iris van Herpen collaborated with female world champion skydiver Domitille Kiger. “Haute Couture and skydiving alike embody the traditional symbolism of flying; to leave aside everything what holds you on the ground,” the designer shared on Instagram.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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7. Schiaparelli

“Sharp brows and even sharper custom eye details,” said MUA artist Fara Homidi for the 2021 Haute Couture Collection beauty look. Bold black wings, electric purple hues painted across the eyes and y2k brows were on display at the extravagant haute event.

 

MUA by Fara Homidi (@farahomidi) & Hair by Akemi Kishida (@akemi_kishida)

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Show Notes: Under Daniel Roseberry’s creative direction, we have seen Schiaparelli designs everywhere this year. Lady Gaga wore a custom design for Biden’s inauguration, as well as Beyoncé at the Grammys, and Bella Hadid rocked the recent 2021 Haute Couture Collection’s gilded brass lung design at Cannes Film Festival.