The Most Bananas Hair, Shoes, And Accessories From Paris Fashion Week

Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto, and Tsumori Chisato at Spring 2012 Paris Fashion Week.
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Today is officially the last day of Paris Fashion Week, which means we’ll be spending these upcoming (dark) months (in mourning) getting all riled up for the next Fashion Week season. We’ll attempt to incorporate as many Spring 2012 trends into our wardrobes immediately (like, say, bright lips, striped nails, and chocolate brown hair), and we’ll be fantasizing about the most INSANE moments on the Paris runways. From double horns (double unicorns?) to sweater heels and seashell clutches, some of the looks said “HAYYY!” and others “NAYYY,” but either way, we were undeniably inspired by the carnival of CRAY parading down le runway (yes, we meant every single one of those rhymes). Please allow us to break it all down for you, oui?

As for runway hair, while the style isn’t too out there (unless you’re unfamiliar with Coneheads), we loved the gradient yellow and pink graffiti updos at Issey Miyake. This is easily re-created at home using colored hair spray from your local costume store and maybe a high bun in lieu of this conical complexity. The double horn buns at Yohji Yamamoto are also doable in real life, though maybe just for Halloween lest people get the wrong impression and question your angelic ways. We have no clue how to re-create the sausage roll bangs some models were sporting at the Tsumori Chisato show, but it’s such a strange yet cute hairstyle, right? It has a ’40s slash alien rockabilly vibe going on.

Clockwise from top left: Comme des Garcons, Vivienne Westwood, Gareth Pugh, and Yohji Yamamoto at Spring 2012 Paris Fashion Week.
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Hats were all over the Paris runways, and the fine folks over at the fantastically freak-tastic Comme des Garçons (PRAISE) turned out the most cuckoo bananas hat creations we’ve seen, well, maybe ever. Some looked like gobs of white shaving cream oozing over models’ faces and one even blended marshmallow and donut shapes together for one wackadoo head statement. Vivienne Westwood always pushes boundaries, and several of her Spring 2012 looks were topped with gigantic straw bowlers (not to mention matching bleeding blue lips). Yohji Yamamoto also went for oversized mad hatter chapeaus, but as for unusual yet super cool headpieces, Gareth Pugh turned it OUT with his winged-slat hat that covered a model’s face as if she was a futuristic Pegasus queen.

Kenzo, Vivienne Westwood, and Dw by Kanye West at Spring 2012 Paris Fashion Week.
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In Parisian shoes news, Kenzo imagined Spring 2012 as a rainy season and adorned ankle-strap black heels with a sort of raincoat or parachute material that would keep your heels dry but not your toes. Vivienne Westwood’s pink lace gigantasaurus platforms certainly made a statement, but with that cute pink ribbon tied around the ankle we kind of really want these immediately. The footwear created by Giuseppe Zanotti for the Dw by Kanye West line were a shockingly chic interwoven hybrid of what looks like a sweater and pearls. Bizarre and also GENIUS.

Clockwise from top left: Vivienne Westwood, Martin Margiela, Givenchy, and Chanel at Spring 2012 Paris Fashion Week.
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If there was one category that truly took the LadurĂ©e cake, though, it had to be accessories. Vivienne Westwood boggled fash minds with her “I [heart] CRAP” clutch (just what are you trying to say here, really, Dame Vivi?), as did Maison Martin Margiela and the (real? fake?) leaf-rings they wrapped around models fingers (and will probably sell for $$$). At Givenchy, some models wore gigantic shark tooth necklaces, which, we must admit, we absolutely j’adore for their surfer-badge-of-courage appeal. But if there was one item from Paris Fashion Week that had us craning our necks (and clutching our wallets) in utter cray-mazing style bewilderment, it had to be Karl Lagerfeld’s seashell clutches for Chanel. Weird yet wonderful; we’ll be scouring the bleak shores of Brooklyn all winter long waiting for a mammoth pearlescent shell to wash ashore and into our DIY fashion dreams.

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