Blink, and You Could Have Missed the Coolest Hair Idea on the Paris Runways

For fall, Dries Van Noten introduces the feather part. Fun!
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The beauty look at Dries Van Noten's Fall 2018 show. Photo: @hairbysammcknight/Instagram

The beauty look at Dries Van Noten's Fall 2018 show. Photo: @hairbysammcknight/Instagram

Paris Fashion Week — home to Maison Margiela, Chanel and Dior — never disappoints on the beauty front. It's where beauty pros often get especially experimental with colors and textures, and in many cases bring in unique multimedia elements to the hair and makeup looks. While the Fall 2018 runways in New York saw their own share of unexpected hair accessories, Dries Van Noten's show in Paris on Wednesday just one-upped all of them (yes, even those pool noodles from Chromat). 

For last season's Dries Van Noten show, hairstylist Sam McKnight adorned models' parts with narrow strips of Swarovski crystals, and yes, it was amazing. And it turns out he's not done experimenting with the part-art just yet: For the designer's Fall 2018 show on Wednesday, he got crafty with long, multicolored feathers, lining them along models' deep-set side parts after pulling their hair into low, sleek ponytails. In some cases, the feathers also swept down the front hairline, creating a diagonal accent across models' foreheads.

A close-up of the feathered part at the Fall 2018 Dries Van Noten show. Photo: @sammcknight1/Instagram

A close-up of the feathered part at the Fall 2018 Dries Van Noten show. Photo: @sammcknight1/Instagram

Unusual, yes; but this was also just about the subtlest hair accessory of all time. Blink and you could have missed it, especially amongst the neon mascara — the work of makeup artist Peter Philips — and the rich, feather-laden collection. This Dries Van Noten hairstyle was the anti-mullet, all party in the front, business in the back, with the hair gathered at the nape of the neck and pulled neatly into a black elastic.

The hair at Dries Van Noten's Fall 2018 show. Photo: @hairbysammcknight/Instagram

The hair at Dries Van Noten's Fall 2018 show. Photo: @hairbysammcknight/Instagram

McKnight, the dutiful public beauty servant that he is, also did us the favor of posting a hyperlapsed video of the careful feather application process on Instagram (which you can see below). It's oddly mesmerizing, and it leaves us yearning for even more part-art in the future. 

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