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Fashion Week Paris 2011: Opulent Fall Fashion

Say goodbye to practicality and extreme purism. We have been swept up in the fashion marathon last week in Paris and this has activated our princess genes. We have revelled in chiffon, velvet, silk and brocade. The hair fashion includes quiffs in the 1920s style, soft baroque-style curls and girlish updos. Finally, we now have a chance to feast on opulence again

Of course, all kept their eyes peeled for the Dior fashion show, which started 40 minutes late as it is the custom and the right of the great fashion tsar. The Dior fashion house showed the latest collection of its just fired chief designer John Galliano. Admittedly, the show was enchanting, despite the designer’s serious lapses in judgement in other matters. The Dior models wore velvet knee pantaloons and matching musketeer capes. The colours garnet red, hunter’s green and midnight blue dominated. The light satin frills and ruffles and the splendorous brocade delighted us. The hairdos enhanced the fashion with romantic curls and wave clips generated the typical finger wave look of the 1920s. The Golden Twenties inspired John Galliano for his own collection. For well-known reasons, this collection was shown only in a small setting. The designer presented calf-length skirts and fox collars. Matching hair styles featured pinned up hair with large quiffs and hair accessories made of fur.

All Shades of Red Hair and Plenty of Styling Ideas

We admired all shades of red hair from dazzling light coppery manes to warm mahogany hues. Snow White’s rock-aged sisters also made their presence known in the fashion shows because not all was sweetness and romance. Yohji Yamamoto certainly proved this with his ultra-transparent slip dresses and crayon-coloured piled up steeple-hairdos. Viktor & Rolf decided on bright candy-red make-up to go with their geometric designs in black, white and fiery red. Fashion revolutionary Vivienne Westwood’s models wore lion’s manes complete with matching predator make-up on the catwalk. In his marvellously colourful ethnic collection, the Indian designer Manish Arora showed hats made of dyed artificial hair.

Marc Jacobs staged the spectacular final show for Louis Vuitton. It was a collection, which may invite some to revel in chambermaid, trust-fund babe and dominatrix phantasies: Marc Jacobs named his inspiration ‘fetish’, and many of his outfits indeed invited taking charge of the property. The hair styles for these outfits were plain and cleverly done. There was the strict look of pulled back hair and high ponytails. The hairdos were often hidden underneath military caps. Marc Jacobs is already considered the heir to John Galliano’s throne. He certainly does have the talent for it.

Hair Style Trends from Paris Fashion Week 2011

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