Valentino Models Wore Giant Flower Headpieces During Haute Couture Week

Florals for winter? Actually groundbreaking, according to Valentino.

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Please remove the boring fruit bowl from the center of your dining room table, because my head is about to be your new centerpiece. At least, if Valentino has anything to do with it. Yesterday at haute couture week in Paris, designer Valentino decided to take some hair trends to the next (next, next, next) level by turning simple blowouts into two-feet-wide sculptures, and, most majestically, turning the idea of flower crowns into full-on flower helmets.

The helmets, as I shall now refer to them, were created by famed hairstylist and Redken global creative director Guido Palau, who adorned models’ heads with roughly a zillion fancy flowers until they were cocooned in petals.

And though this is absolutely not a style that any regular human being would likely wear even once in their life (I mean, think of the pure cost and time suck it would take to make a fancy orchid-filled flower hat), I still find the look oddly gorgeous, like a bunch of wedding table centerpieces just came to life and waltzed around the room.

Guido also created the much talked about hair that model Kaia Gerber wore down the runway: a huge, sprayed, combed, voluminous blowout that you’ve most definitely already seen on your Instagram.

“The big hair at Valentino was inspired by extravagance,” said Guido in a statement. “It’s fantasy hair that women dream about.”

I mean, it’s not exactly the fantasy I personally have in my mind, but he’s not wrong—I do want my flat-as-hell hair to have major volume when I blow it out. Though the hair looks to be filled balloons and secrets, it’s actually the result of six huge hairpieces that the team clipped throughout each model’s hair for height and heft.

As for how Guido created the majestic flower helmets, the jury is still out (likely picking more flowers for another round of centerpieces). But to get inspired to literally never try this look out at home, check out these truly gorgeous floral photos from the show, below.

Blue, Purple, Fashion, Flower, Spring, Lilac, Lavender, Beauty, Plant, Petal,

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Hair, Red, Hairstyle, Beauty, Afro, Fashion, Lip, Human, Headpiece, Headgear,

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Hair, Pink, Red, Beauty, Hairstyle, Fashion, Flower, Plant, Headpiece, Human,

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Chloe Metzger
Beauty Editor

Chloe Metzger is the deputy beauty director at Cosmopolitan, overseeing the editorial content and growth strategy of the hair, makeup, and skin space on digital, while also obsessively writing about the best hair products for every hair type (curly girl here; whattup), and the skincare routines that really, truly work (follow her on Instagram to see behind-the-scenes pics of that magazine life). She brings nearly a decade of writing and editing expertise, and her work has appeared in AllureHealthFitnessMarie ClaireStyleCaster, and Parents. She also has an unhealthy adoration for Tom Hanks and would like to please meet him one day, if you could arrange that. Thanks.