Couture Wrap-Up, Part 2: DIY-Gowns and Paper Headdresses Galore!

Yesterday, we gave you the lowdown on more Golden Girls style and downtown cool at Paris Couture Week. Here are our last round of favorite looks, including a skirt that you could (almost!) make yourself. Whip out the scissors and read on.
We wonder if it's the sinking economy that lead designers to try out a do-it-yourself aesthetic during couture week, of all times. We're talking dresses made out of shoelaces and a skirt that looks like a hole puncher was taken to it. Hey, we're not complaining. Nothing says "recessionista" like making your own couture gown.
Above, from left: Martin Margiela Artisanal, Marco de Vincenzo, Jean Paul Gaultier, Martin Margiela Artisanal
For sky-high paper headpieces and dresses that look like fans, read on.

Just Plain Crazy
If there's one thing we never question, it's a couture designer's ability to think outside the box. From Carmen Miranda to dress form to cupcake wrapping-inspired frocks, it's safe to say things went a little insane this season. Some looks were crazy-good, some were so-so, and some were just plain crazy.
Above, from left: Christian Lacroix, Martin Margiela Artisanal, Christian Dior, and Jean Paul Gaultier.
Dust Your Shoulders Off
Big shoulders have been the trend du jour for the past few seasons now, thanks to Maison Martin Margiela's pioneering aesthetic back in '06. We're loving Gaultier's Grace Jones-ish take on the look, complete with iconoclast black lips. Dig out your mom's old shoulderpads, ladies: this is an easy trend to recreate at home, if you dare.
Above, from left: Jean Paul Gaultier, Christian Lacroix, Givenchy, Alexandre Vauthier
Origami Lesson
Guess now's a good time to brush up on our folding skills, 'cause the couture runways were littered with the sort of arts-and-craft-type play we usually attribute to making paper planes. Kaiser Karl quite literally took plain white paper and anchored it on top of models' heads in the form of blooming flowers and spiraling headpieces, while Margiela fashioned a tuxedo jacket out of nothin' but paper towels. As for us wee common folk, we'll stick with napkin roses, thankyouverymuch.
Above, from left: Martin Margiela Artisanal, Stéphane Rolland, Chanel, Valentino

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