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Grimes for Iris Van Herpen.
Photo: Courtesy of Iris Van Herpen/Ralph Mecke

She might pose for Hedi Slimane and go ladylike for T magazine, but let's be real: glimpses of Grimes doing the high fashion thing just don't come around as often as we'd like. But while Claire Boucher is (understandably) more focused on touring and recording new music these days, she HAS been taking a brief break recently to squeeze in some modeling. Wait..what?! Just a few days ago the Canadian recording artist tweeted, "i did some 'modelling' (i mean, it's me, so its sketchy lol) for Iris Van Herpen's new RTW :)." First of all, Grimes, we love your humility. SHE might call her modeling skills "sketchy," but if you ask us, this girl pulls off Iris Van Herpen's collection of futuristic dresses, leather jackets, and geometric details better than pretty much ANYONE could.

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Often when we think of Paris Haute Couture (you know, as we do), we imagine the world's best designers going buck wild, cobbling together teetering two-story-high platform heels, dreaming up dresses that look more like architectural masterpieces than cocktail party wear, and concocting hairstyles that seem to defy all laws of physics and gravity. The designs that traipse down the runways during this biannual City of Lights affair are often too fairy-tale fantastic for us to ever envision pulling off IRL. However, that doesn't mean there aren't real trends buried in the bells and whistles and Hot Wheels racetrack harnesses of Paris Haute Couture Week, though. Walk with us as we unpack some of the week's most relevant trends!

JUMPSUIT APPARATUS

Zuhair Murad, Jean Paul Gaultier, Jantaminiau, Valentino

Jumpsuits at Zuhair Murad, Jean Paul Gaultier, Jantaminiau, and Valentino.
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Nearly every designer at Haute Couture Week had a version of the jumpsuit, and most were printed, embellished, or constructed from metallic jacquard. Many of the long-pants onesies were also long-sleeved, like these looks from Zuhair Murad, Jantaminiau, and Valentino. But, a few, like this number by Jean Paul Gaultier, modelled by Karli Kloss, were strapless with a jacket worn over top.

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When we think about Parisian style (as we do) a few words spring to mind: chic, effortless, elegant. Long-limbed women loping around the cobblestone walks like well-tailored gazelles. Casual afternoons in some sort of striped knit with a bateau neck. Gobs of red lipstick. A tilted chapeau. You know, our daydream visions of the City of Lights. Paris Haute Couture Week, though, is another beast entirely. Rather than stream-lined and sartorial, haute couture is a rare breed of animal that's custom-fit with the most luxurious fabrics, the most lavish beadwork, and sits patiently while a doting visionary sews it into the vestment by hand. With a club so exclusive, this week marks a specific time when this elite tier of designers is given license to go buck wild on the runway by sheer virtue of their detail-oriented awesomeness. And buck wild they did go. Let's take a look at the week's most WTF looks!

CURTAIN CALL AT ON AURA TOUT VU

A look from the On Aura Tout Vu Paris Haute Couture Spring 2012 runway show.
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Much of what we saw on the On Aura Tout Vu runway we loved: bright pops of candy colors, prints that evolve three times over in one garment, and the MOST interesting developments in hosiery. This look, however, is a little *scrunches nose* IDK. You can "Never mind the model behind the curtain" all you want, but this peek-a-boo personal pan voting booth is hardly something we can ignore.

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A model in Alexandre Vauthier during the Fall/Winter 2011-2012 Haute Couture Collection show on July 5, 2011, and Lady Gaga at MTV's Total Request Live in New York City on Aug. 12, 2008.
Photo: Francois Guillot/AFP/Scott Gries/Getty Images

We all know Lady Gaga is the fash-master at paying homage to those who paved her sartorial way before her. Her Michael Jackson/Madonna in "Born This Way." The high-shouldered David Bowie shoulders. Even her genuine love affair with Alexander McQueen. Her ability to pick and borrow and revamp the style that inspires her has made her who she is…so what happens when fashion starts taking a cue from her.

The wild club-kid street style she purports was absent on spring's neutral, structured runways, but out of the official venues, her vampy neon and thick eyeliner reigned. So, obviously, during Couture Week—the time that the most imaginative (and un-cash-strapped) designers show off their one-of-a-kind-pieces—anyone worth their cloth turned to Mother Monster for inspiration, culling her brief (but majorly rich) three-year career for inspiration. As you can see, the draped hood on Alexandre Vauthier's runway directly references (red lips and gold chain withstanding!) the Gaga that dropped by TRL in a late '08 appearance. But Vauthier certainly isn't the only designer with Gags on the brain.

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