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Wet and Wild Hair in Paris

From Rochas to Balmain and Chloé, tresses were either damp-looking or slicked back for spring 2019.

Wet and slicked-back hair were à la mode on the Paris runways for spring 2019.

Take Rochas, where Anthony Turner described the woman he had in mind while creating the damp look as being in a film noir-type scenario. “She’s kind of like in the rain.…There’s a bit of mystery surrounding her,” he said. “There’s a little darkness, a little sexiness.”

Cut to Balmain, where Sam McKnight was inspired by “a Helmut Newton girl from the Eighties — a girl fresh from the swimming pool, with wet hair, who combs it back in a masculine way.

“They have side partings. There is an androgynous look. It’s wet. It’s shiny. It’s sexy,” he said.

At Paco Rabanne, Paul Hanlon envisaged a woman traveler. “It’s quite controlled hair, very, very tight. We’re using a lot of water in the hair to make it feel like she has sweat a lot,” he said.

Tresses were slick on other catwalks, too, for brands such as Chloé, Rick Owens and Ann Demeulemeester.

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