Best Hairstyles From The 2018 Met Gala

The Met Gala is arguably my favorite of all the major Hollywood x Fashion events. It’s always something of a tossup between the Met Gala and the Oscars but if I’m being totally honest, there’s really nothing quite like the Met Gala. It’s just such a celebration of creativity, individuality, and diversity: a true exploration of how the arts intertwine with history, politics, society and life. The 2018 Met Gala theme was ‘Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination’. The result? A breathtaking explosion of style statements ranging from bold religious elements to more avant-garde symbolism.

This year, I decided to divide my favorites into two niches: the ‘best hairstyles’ list, comprising the more conventionally beautiful celebrity hairstyles as well as the most popular; and the ‘hot hair trends’ list, acknowledging the night’s standout stars and most talked-about statements.

Let’s get started with the best hairstyles of the 2018 Met Gala.

Amal Clooney

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As one of the chairs of the 2018 Met Gala, everyone expected Amal Clooney to show up in style and she did not disappoint. I’m always on the lookout for glamorous ponytails because let’s be honest: as spectacular as updos and intricate braids are, they’re not the easiest trends to put together on yourself, without any help. A really big part of fashion is how it translates across demographics, which is why fun, wearable hairstyles top my list of celebrity style trends to follow. Amal’s upswept, flippy ponytail is just the kind of ‘real woman style’ that she’s so loved for. The soft long bangs, voluminous crown and cascading curls at the back take an otherwise simple hairstyle to the next level. Amal Clooney’s 2018 Met Gala hairstyle is also an excellent example of how a well-done hair color job can transform any look. 

Amanda Seyfried

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It’s been a while since I’ve been inspired by a mermaid waves hairstyle but Amanda Seyfried’s Met Gala 2018 look was absolute perfection. We saw so much of the wavy hair trend for a while –mermaid waves, boho waves, beachy waves and whatnot–that the idea had lost some of its magic. But if you can tear your eyes away from the marigold-hued Prada gown for just a minute, Amanda’s look is a reminder about just how glorious big, brushed-out waves can be. Tons of volume, a soft satiny sheen and well-defined structure are all you need to sport this girliest of hair trends. While so many celebrities went with massive crowns and statement headpieces, Amanda wore a delicate tiara nestled prettily in all that volume.

Anne Hathaway

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Of the numerous crowns and crown-adjacent headpieces we saw last night, Anne Hathaway’s spiky starburst of a topper is one of my favorites. There’s something intrinsically halo-like about the shape and the dull gold finish, but the form and mood created by the gold quills add  such an edge to the ensemble. It’s also interesting to note how a classic French twist or a bouffant, or for that matter any twisted updo, can be transformed into an infinitely more complex and graphic hairstyle with the right accessories. Anne Hathaway’s 2018 Met Gala hairstyle has drawn comparisons with the Crown of Thorns. My dear friend Adir Abergel styled Anne for the event and as usual, his genius is unmatched. To create a hairpiece that was unlike any other –especially for an evening that’s known for turning out one-of-a-kind style statements– Adir actually spray-painted porcupine quills (from his own collection, no less) a burnished gold to add a (literal) sharp contrast to Anne’s flowing red Valentino gown.

Blake Lively

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In a sea of stunning crowns, veils and headpieces, each more dramatic and magnificent than the next, Blake Lively’s delicate halo-like headpiece stood out and how. Blake’s now a veteran of the Red Carpet and is one of those young celebrities who’s managed to create a niche for themselves in terms of marrying daring fashion with classic sensibilities. The tousled updo is the perfect foil to the ethereal headpiece, the bejeweled Versace gown and the mighty Lorraine Schwartz jewels. So often, the strongest hairstyle choices are the subtle ones that allow an entire look to shine.

Jasmine Sanders

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Jasmine Sanders’ spectacular flower-festooned Rapunzel braid is the standout star of the 2018 Met Gala. With metallic threads and cranberry ribbons winding their way in and out of the braid and big, beautiful roses woven in, this braid is not only the best 2018 Met Gala hairstyle, but one of the best hair trends we’ve seen all year. From the naturally glorious roses to those carefully gilded with some gold dust, from the little green leaves peeking out at places to the ribbons and threads sashaying at the ends of the braid- everything about this hairdo is to die for. It evokes all kinds of images of rose bushes and flower-topped vines in the countryside, a faint Dolce & Gabbana-esque flair for grandeur and the magic of princesses and fairytales. It’s a lot of look, but there’s a lot to love!

Kate Bosworth

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Another look that got everyone talking is Kate Bosworth’s 2018 Met Gala appearance. Comparisons to the Virgin Mary, to bridal styles of days gone by and a distinctly cherubic vibe are all over the Internet: and it’s proof that Bosworth not only got the evening’s theme just right- she also looked absolutely stunning doing so. Hair trends from the Met Gala don't always make for the most wearable hairstyles but I do think there’s major inspiration to be mined here- especially for to-be brides. We’ve seen a revival of bridal veils and traditional bridal hair accessories over the last few months and Kate’s hairstyle here is a really elegant but striking one that works perfectly with all manner of hair accessories and outfits. The carefully sculpted hairline and middle part create a strong focal point while the rest of the hairstyle is kept understated to let the accessories and makeup do the talking. I read somewhere that Kate Bosworth looked doll-like at the 2018 Met Gala and I couldn’t agree more.

Katherine Langford

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The 13 Reasons Why star sported one of the night’s most striking gowns and subtly sophisticated hairstyles. You might think that soft, loose waves might get lost in a sea of dramatic crowns, veils and headdresses but Katherine Langford looked arresting. I love how the center-parted hair and slight volume at the hairline help create a soft cushion for the hair accessories, while the rest of her hair is falling free with the most dramatic, Disney-princess hair vibe of all time. The whole look is dramatic but very soft, very romantic. Brushing the hair up and away at the front and creating a little volume at the crown add that touch of drama that’s needed to spice up a classic hairstyle. This is one of those hairstyles that are simple in their conception but absolutely genius in their execution.

Kerry Washington

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Kerry Washington has worn her hair big, bold and beautiful on several red carpets now and it still continues to delight me as much as ever. Whether it’s an Afro or soft waves, there’s really nothing like embracing and enhancing your natural hair texture. A great way to amp up natural texture is to use a diffuser to dry your wet hair: this adds a ton of volume and really boosts texture. Add your favorite texturizing product then softly brush out the curls to maximize their effect. To really get your natural hair to spread out beautifully for special occasions, I recommend teasing the roots for some extra lift at the base. Follow up with hairspray to keep it all in place and add a gilded accessory for a strong finish like Kerry’s.

Maya Thurman Hawke

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I cannot resist a braided updo, much less one that’s pearl-topped. Whoever thought weaving a few black ribbons and adding pearls to milkmaid braids could transform an entire look from costume-y to haute couture? We’ve come across pearl-topped hairpins so many times over the years (ever since Chanel showcased their models wearing pearls in their hair it’s become a major global hair trend) that I’ve come to believe these are a staple hair accessory for any hairstylist or style enthusiast. Crown braids and milkmaid braids do run the risk of looking too thematic or twee, so you can always update the hairstyle with hair accessories. I enjoy how the black ribbons and white pearls are both contrasts to one another and play off the monochromatic color scheme of Maya’s outfit (not to mention, the obvious clergy-inspired theme).

Zendaya

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I can’t remember the last time I covered a fashion event and Zendaya didn’t make the cut. Even when she’s sporting a hair trend that’s not quite your cup of tea, you can’t deny that she does it with unmatched spirit and style. Take this wavy auburn bob with the blunt fringe for instance. From the choppy ends and the kinky texture to the glassy finish and short bangs: there are tons of strong elements at play. Least of which is the fiery copper hair color: totally not your usual spring-summer hair color. But Zendaya makes it all work, and how! The young star’s outfit and look are inspired by French heroine Joan of Arc, who famously cut her own hair (and led a revolution, nbd!). Blending themes of girl power, Catholicism and military-inspired fashion, Zendaya’s look is all about fashion that celebrates the individual and the icons of the past.

As is usually the case with the Met Gala, I had a hard time narrowing down my list of favorite hairstyles. There was just so much to choose from. If you’re looking for more inspiration, be sure to check out the other stellar looks from the evening. For classic updos and bridal hairstyles, I recommend Rosie Huntingon-Whitely’s beautiful looped bun. If you’re in the mood for some color/ missing the candy hair color trends of summers past, Cara Delevingne’s lilac tips in a platinum blonde base is all kinds of bubblegum perfection. If you’re looking for ideas on how to style dreadlocks, cornrows and braided hair, take a look at Sasha Lane’s upswept dreads accessorized with a bejeweled hair chain or Zoe Kravitz’s classic chignon topped with a beautiful, gem-encrusted black bow. And if all the edgy hair trends, bobs and pixies, braids and updos leave you wanting for something classic and timeless, Rita Ora makes a strong argument in favor of really letting your hair grow out.

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Best Hair Trends From London Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2018-2019

Today, we’re looking at the best hair trends and hairstyles from the London Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2018-2019. Over the years, we’ve come to expect the more elegant, more timeless hair trends from London Fashion Week. Each of the four fashion capitals has a unique signature, one that usually translates onto the runways. It almost always happens that the most elegant and understated hair trends come out of the London Fashion Week, so this year’s collection of OTT bouffant updos and intricate braids is a fun surprise.

Ashish

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It feels like it has been forever since we saw any fun ponytail hairstyles on the runway or the red carpet. Awards season tends to feature so many updos, buns and classic open hair looks that ponytails tend to disappear from the spotlight for a few months. Which is why this particular twisty ponytail hairstyle from the Ashish Autumn Winter 2018-2019 London Fashion Week show caught my eye. Styling the ponytail itself is really easy. You only have to secure your hair into a low ponytail and then use curling tongs to add the shape. Try to divide your hair into no more than 3-4 sections because you don't want each curled piece to stand apart on its own. You will have to gently blend them in together without losing definition, and that’s going to be a lot easier if you work with fewer sections and make it look like the entire ponytail is curling in on itself. Remember to curl inwards – from the outside in towards your face. The short, flat blunt bangs also do a great job of drawing focus to the face and providing a sharp contrast to the soft, flow-y form of the ponytail.

Erdem

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Vintage hairstyles will forever remain a favorite of mine. Everything from the Old Hollywood waves to the oh-so-retro pin curls: it all works, every time! The pinned-in marcel waves are such a great way to dress up any hairstyle in a jiffy and keep the hairline/ bangs neat. For a fun contrast, you can style the finger waves as an accent against a poker straight ponytail. For a more glamorous look, style your hair into a chignon. You can play around with keeping the pins in if you like; for a funky futuristic take on the look, try getting your hands on some chrome-finish hair accessories if you can.

Mary Katrantzou

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Longtime readers of my blog will know that the ‘mafioso chic’ or ‘Sicily style’ look is one I always enjoy seeing on and off the runways. There’s something so satisfying about that edgy, slicked-back, wet-look rakish hairstyle that never fails to please me. It’s an old favorite. The only thing new this time around is that we’re finally seeing it on women! Yep, the timeless suave gangster hairstyle from The Godfather to The Goodfellas is embracing the universal call for more girl power. The androgynous beauty trend that was such a major hit a few seasons back continues to raise its head every now and then and if you’re into androgynous hair trends, you’re going to love this one. We’re balancing the brushed-back, slicked-down punchiness with softer mid-lengths and ends and natural, delicate makeup.

On Off Presents

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I never thought the phrase ‘vintage space cadet’ would be one I’d be using, but that’s just the vibe I got from the On Off London Fall 2018 runway. A look that’s equal parts retro and futuristic. Lots of fun! Unexpected as it was, the exaggerated beehive updo we saw at the On Off show during the Fall 2018 London Fashion Week wasn’t the only one of its kind. These maxed out bouffants seem to be having a moment because I also spotted other iterations of the look at the Tata-Naka show and on the Ashish Fall 2018 runway. I loved the On Off variant for the sheer craziness of the look. Everything from the height and the volume to the wet-look finish and the sculpted bangs is so extra. Not the most wearable hair trend from the Autumn Winter 2018-2019 London Fashion Week, but definitely one of the most fun!  

Simone Rocha

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I was starting to worry we’d never see a braid at the London Autumn 2018 Fashion Week so thank heavens for the Simone Rocha Fall 2018 runway! Love the romantic, double-braided down-do. It’s a very dramatic, very elaborate hairstyle but the flyaways and natural texture keep it from looking stiff and artificial. There’s a vaguely Victorian flavor to the hairstyle but the straight, sleek ends really help accelerate the braids to the present. Black ribbons continue to be some of my favorite hair accessories because they’re just the thing for grown women who want to try on hair ribbons and bows without looking twee. This was definitely one of the more formal, more labor-heavy hairstyles to come out of the London Fashion Week but one that’s well worth the effort.

Temperley London

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The soft, side-parted wavy bob from Temperley London is one of my favorite hair trends from London Fall 2018 Fashion Week. The single, deep wave adds such a striking note to the look and dresses up the now-iconic sleek bob. Instead of adding waves down the entire length, keep it limited to one defined S-wave about brow-high, keeping the crown soft and natural and the rest smooth. Some of the models wore their hair with the bend of the wave pulled low to the front, by the brow, creating a strong accent along the hairline. I prefer the softer variant for everyday wear. This is the perfect modern romantic hairstyle: low-maintenance and crisp but also pretty.

I’ll be coming back with the best hair trends from the Paris Autumn Winter 2018-2019 Fashion Week next. Watch this space.

Best Hairstyles From The 2018 Oscars

The Oscars. Cinema & Fashion’s biggest night.

And what a night it was. With the focus on important conversations about gender equality, representation and all-round inclusivity dominating global discourse these past few months, we’ve seen an exciting exchange between fashion and cause. This awards season, in particular, we’ve observed how fashion and style can sometimes be used to represent, support, compliment and emphasize significant sociopolitical issues changes and at other times, it may simply take a backseat and allow the conversation to burn bright itself.

These past few weeks have all been building towards the 2018 Academy Awards and I –just like everyone else– was excited to see which face of fashion we’d see on the grandest of red carpets. And to my absolute delight, we saw strong and smart style choices, which not only made a point but also looked totally gorgeous. In fact, the 2018 Oscars Red Carpet might have been the most fun and daring one in many years; many celebrities tend to go old-school for the Oscars but last night we saw a ton of looks that were every bit as revolutionary and phenomenal as the women sporting them.  

Here are some of my favorite hairstyles and trends-to-be from the 2018 Oscars.

Danai Gurira

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Danai Gurira has been rocking a spectacular buzz/ bald cut all through the Black Panther press tour and premiers and I’m thrilled to see her on-screen hairstyle make its way to the industry’s biggest, most glamorous event. Danai’s hair tattoos have sparked a fierce trend since the film was released and I don't think we’ve ever really seen women’s hair tattoos become such a big thing universally before this. Just goes to show how many different ways there are in which cinema, fashion and art can affect, motivate and inspire. Last night, Danai stepped her game up even further, using some temporary white paint to accentuate the hair art. Pretty sure that metallic hair tattoos are going to be the next big thing in hair for a while now!

Helen Mirren

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Dame Mirren is truly a force of nature, be it with respect to her incomparable talent or her wit and charm. And when it comes to style, she continues to be every bit as inspiring and electric as ever. When it comes to ageing gracefully and being as stylish and sexy as ever, nobody does it like Helen Mirren. The feathered long pixie haircut is stupendous and it looks all the more striking in her platinum-white locks. The sweeping bangs, the height at the crown and the asymmetrical volume towards one side make the hairstyle both romantic and edgy. It works beautifully with statement accessories and is the sort of haircut that will compliment any outfit/ neckline.

Jennifer Lawrence

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The most talked-about hairstyle from the 2018 Academy Awards is Jennifer Lawrence’s curly hairdo. From references to the iconic Carrie Bradshaw hairstyle to the striking Kim Basinger hairstyle from the 1980s, Jennifer Lawrence’s 2018 Oscars hairstyle has everyone talking. The bold, defined S-waves are the 2018 update to the 2017 beachy waves hair trend. And in true 2018 form, the trend draws some serious inspiration from the 1980s hair and beauty trends. Big volume, strong curls, hair perms, amped up texture and natural blonde and brunette hair colors are all coming back with a bang this season.

Lupita Nyong’o

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The women of the Black Panther cast have been setting red carpets ablaze with meaningful, magnificent fashion over the last few weeks and last night was no different. Lupita Nyongo’s upswept, gold-laced hairstyle actually draws inspiration from the Amasunzu hairstyles rooted in Rwandan culture. The Amasunzu hairstyles are elaborate hairstyles that were traditionally used to communicate marriageability and courtship expectations to potential suitors. Lupita’s stylist adapted the original concept of the Amasunzu hairstyles, which includes elaborately carved and buzzed haircuts, to the look we saw last night. Lupita’s hair was braided into several sections styled around the crown and embellished with a golden wire woven through.

Margot Robbie

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Margot Robbie debuted a new haircut at the 2018 Oscars and the short, wavy bob is one of my favorite looks of the night. The hairstyle manages to be both timeless and extremely modern in one fell swoop. The soft, big waves hark back to the vintage Old Hollywood hairstyles while the length is as 2018 as it gets. The beachy bob, as I’m calling it, is all set to be one of 2018’s hottest hair trends. Style the bob with a small, high side part and tuck your hair behind one ear to instantly dress up your look.

Saorise Ronan

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Saorise Ronan’s stylist –my friend and true hair visionary Adir Abergel– cut her hair for the 2018 Oscars. The short, sculptural bob is fresh, youthful and stylish. The way Adir styled the blunt bob, with a strongly defined shape curving down from the crown and just a hint of an outward turn at the ends with the hair tucked behind the ears, brings something of a bell curve shape to the mind and it’s really fun and unusual and just perfect on Saorise. The key to making a blunt bob work is to keep the lines really really clean, which is why you want to make sure there are absolutely no flyaways and frizzy bits. Get your split-ends trimmed and use smoothening products for a healthy finish. Once your hairstyle is in place, dampen a toothbrush with some hair setting spray and use it to tame any unruly bits.

Zendaya

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Zendaya has long established herself as a true style chameleon, carrying the boldest of fashion choices with an unmatched grace. From a Bowie-tribute mullet at the 2016 Grammy Awards to the unforgettable Afro at the 2017 Met Gala, Zendaya is all about major statements. Which is why, the sleek topknot at the 2018 Oscars felt sort of new, but still familiarly elegant and fun. It’s red carpet-appropriate, quietly chic and so easy to style. The slight slant/ elongated form makes for an interesting change from the usual uniformly circular topknots we’re used to seeing on celebs. I read somewhere that Zendaya’s look from last night is the ultimate easy glam hairstyle and I couldn’t agree more.

Some of the other 2018 Oscars hairstyles I really enjoyed were Alison Williams retro-inspired wavy lob, Greta Gerwig’s short pixie haircut styled with side-swept marcel waves and Viola Davis’ center-parted, super voluminous, super curly ponytail.

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Best Hair Trends From New York Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2018-2019

It’s that time of the year again: Fashion Week! Time to start studying the runaways to map out the biggest hair trends for 2018 and get started on this year’s style inspiration boards. Here’s my pick of some of the best hairstyles and hair trends from the New York Autumn Winter 2018-2019 Fashion Week.

Anna Sui

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One of the flirtier, more wearable hair trends from the New York Autumn-Winter 2018 Fashion Week came by way of the Anna Sui runaway. The models’ hair was styled to one side, over one shoulder. Skipping the usual side parting that accompanies such hairstyles, the hair was simply brushed over, creating a flatter surface on the starting side and tons of volume up top. Soft curls combined with the forehead-skimming hairline added a distinctly girlish vibe to the whole look, while the contrast between the two sides keeps things funky. This one’s easily recreated at home with minimal effort. 

Brandon Maxwell

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The wavy, deconstructed bob continues its reign and is all set to be one of 2018’s hottest hair trends. As seen on Jourdan Dunn here at the Brandon Maxwell Autumn-Winter 2018 show, the wavy bob is sassy, spirited and easy to maintain. Parted down the center, you’ve got a strong style that’s both sexy and professional. You can opt for tighter curls around the ends for a more vintage vibe or even part to a side with hair brushed over to the other side to create an asymmetrical angular bob.

Jeremy Scott

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Jeremy Scott’s candy-colored wigs have everyone wondering if 2018 is going to see the return of the bubblegum/ pastel hair color trend. We’ve gravitated towards deeper, more natural hair color trends over the past few seasons so these shocking pinks and purples do feel new all over again. The short full bangs and blunt bob are in keeping with the whole 80s revivalism we’re experiencing in fashion right now. The crazy colors add a modern feel to a retro hairstyle but you can always skip that bit for a more wearable look.

Marc Jacobs

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The Marc Jacobs show had everyone talking about the use/ return of wild hair color trends. From chunks of dark teal placed against black bases to the mulled cranberry shown here, we were treated to a bunch of striking hair colors. One of my absolute favorites from the show was this mix of glossy greens; while we see a lot of pinks, blues and purples, green doesn’t seem to get quite as much love in the hair color space which is why this medley of parrot green, grass green, ivy and moss has me so excited. Love the dark-to-light gradient and the whole punchy effect. 

Naeem Khan

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The New York Autumn Winter 2018 runaway didn’t have as many braids as I would have liked, which is why Naeem Khan’s braided updos caught my eye. The exaggerated wavy pouf/ pompadour up front can be toned down for regular wear but it’s the braided back that I particularly enjoy. You can braid your hair into two plaits down the back and then pin each up on the head, placing and curving it along the natural contours of the head. Lay one on top of the other and pin well for a firm grip. If you’re adept at braiding, you can also try a more complicated hairstyle such as the milkmaid braids or a crown braid.

Self Portrait

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The combination of long, luxuriously soft and flowy bangs with shorter lengths down the sides and back make for an interesting contrast. It’s been a while since I’ve seen much of the androgynous beauty trend in hair styling and this is a particularly lovely take that I think will work well for most faces and textures.

Tom Ford

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Tom Ford continues to be all kinds of edgy perfection and this year’s no different. If you’re looking to combine the big hair trend, updos, funky hair accessories and some rock-and-roll chic, this is just the thing. Large black leather headbands are a lot of look and if you’re tired of the usual preppy hairband hairstyles, take this piled-on curly updo for a spin. Keep a few tendrils loose down the back or pull a few strands over the band to the front for a spiky, fringe-like effect.

Which were your favorite hairstyles from the New York Autumn Winter 2018-2019 Fashion Week? I’ll be following this up with a look at the best hair trends to come out of the London Autumn Winter 2018 Fashion Week so be sure to check back soon for more.

Best Hairstyles From The 2018 SAG Awards

The mood at the 2018 SAG Awards was noticeably different from the 2018 Golden Globes in terms of styling choices for the night. A lot of the female celebrities embraced more color and went with brighter makeup choices, while still keeping the focus firmly trained on the women’s rights #TimesUp movement. Hairstyles at the 2018 SAG Awards veered more towards the classic, traditional choices with tons of actresses such as Reese Witherspoon and Tracee Ellis Ross going with their signature looks. We did have some standout style statements and these are some of my picks for the best hairstyles from the 2018 SAG Awards.

Allison Williams

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Allison Williams is currently one of the most-discussed celebrities in the blogosphere after her appearance at the 2018 SAG Awards. Reactions to Williams’ look last night are divided, but I’m here for it. It’s a marriage between some extremely strong style statements that you’d never expect to see together – wet-look hair texture, 1920s-inspired flapper waves and vintage hairstyle vibes, blood-red lip color – and yet, these trends come together to make for one of the best hair and beauty looks from the 2018 SAG Awards: one that walked a strange and exciting line between Old Hollywood elegance and gothic glam.

Halle Berry

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It’s been a while since we saw anyone get creative with ponytails on the red carpet, so Halle Berry’s 2018 SAG Awards hairstyle was a welcome lesson in just how fun, funky and formal ponytails can be! The two-part ponytail –with one section at the crown and another beginning at the back-center – looks like your go-to high ponytail from the front, until you get a peek at the sides and the back. Just use the bubble ponytail method to recreate the look. Kick it up a notch by embracing those baby hairs, natural texture and carefully placed streaks of subtle hair color.

Madeline Brewer

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The Handmaid’s Tale star Madeline Brewer’s fiery ginger locks are enough of a hair statement in themselves, but it’s her hair accessory that really has me singing. Madeline’s slicked-crown and brushed-back loose down-do is played up with some beautiful pearl-topped hairpins. The hair embellishment route is a smart way to make a style statement without going OTT with your hairstyles and the pearl pins matched Madeline’s pearl-studded dress beautifully. As is so often the case, these babies come from one my all-time favorite hair accessories designer, Jennifer Behr.

Margot Robbie

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Margot Robbie continues to make the best style statements on the 2018 Red Carpet with a multi-tonal, buttery blonde lob that manages to be both beachy and glam all the time. The easy center part, soft bedhead waves and natural flyaways make the lob just the sort of 2018 hair and beauty trend that real women everywhere will love. At the same time, the deeper color at the roots and several beautifully blended shades of blonde make it all look more polished and sophisticated.

Nicole Kidman

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Romantic buns and wispy hairdos have become Nicole Kidman’s go-to red carpet choices and with good reason: she looks breathtaking time after time. The looped side bun, the soft tendrils loose on the other side and the gentle hair waves all make for a look that is arresting in its own right but doesn’t clash with other very strong aspects of Nicole’s look: the rainbow-sequin-encrusted gown with the shoulder accent, the statement lip and the dazzling earrings.

Yara Shahidi

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The last few seasons have thrown up some young stars with some fabulous style and Black-ish’s Yara Shahidi is definitely one of them. Those Diana Ross-inspired curls were definitely one of the 2018 SAG Awards’ best hairstyles. The key to working natural texture and dark hair is in amping up the texture: glossy, bouncy, voluminous curls are a major style statement. Wearing your hair big and curly involves using the right products to maintain volume and vibrancy without weighing it down. Yara’s simple makeup, accessories and classic black outfit all work wonderfully with the bold hair.

 

 

Best Hairstyles From The 2018 Critics' Choice Awards

Another awards show, another pinterest-worthy board of hairstyles and hair trends to inspire us all. Here are some of the best hairstyles from the 2018 Critics’ Choice Awards.

Allison Janney

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Allison Janney’s big, bouncy waves and soft, feathered side-swept bangs are the stuff the 80s are famous for. Everything from her coppery-rose-gold-brunette hair color to the bombshell waves screams perfection. Allison’s hair is a sharp departure from the super-structured, perfectly carved and finished haircuts and hairstyles that have dominated runways and red carpets over the past few seasons. There’s something so lively, spirited and sexy about the Farah Fawcett-style waves that it’s no wonder Janney’s topped most best-styled lists this past week.

Jaimie Alexander

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Jamie Alexander’s faux-hawk style updo from the 2018 Critics’ Choice Awards is possibly the night’s most striking hairstyle. If you’re looking for versatile hairstyles that work in all kinds of lengths, this is a good one to play around with. Longer lengths can be styled into an updo or a braid pinned up at the back while shorter lengths can be pinned/ gelled down into place. The massive volume and cresting-wave like effect makes for a bold look. There’s something incredibly modern and yet retro, pompadour-esque about the look that I really love.

Margot Robbie

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Margot Robbie’s going 2 for 2 in the 2018 awards season with some fabulous hairstyles. For the 2018 Critics’ Choice Awards, Margot’s stylist finished off the evergreen topknot with a black velvet ribbon. Hair accessories are making a big comeback this season and Margot’s ribbon was a nod to the detailing on her Chanel dress. Letting the ends hang loose compliments the slightly messy texture of the hairdo itself and manages to create a look that is both classic and fresh.

Natalia Dyer

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Natalia Dyer’s shoulder-length wavy hairstyle made a real splash in the online fashion and beauty community; the Stranger Things’ star is being lauded for rebranding the classic Old Hollywood waves into a sexier, edgier 2018 version. How, you ask? The secret is in the texture. We’ve got a slightly grainer, piece-y finish that keeps the style from looking too put-together. Also, the dark-roots-light-lengths hair trend adds more drama to the hairstyle.

Olivia Munn

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Another updated example of the classic waves was seen on Olivia Munn at the 2018 Critics’ Choice Awards. The retro waves/ Old Hollywood hairstyle is typically defined by large, loose waves side-parted hair and Olivia’s stylist kept the essence of the iconic style intact but with a few tiny tweaks that made a big difference. For starters, the side part was moved higher up on the head, only just slightly off-center whereas in the original hairstyle, the hair is parted strongly to a side. You’ll also notice that the parting itself isn’t as painstakingly neat as in the old days. Another change: the waves are even looser and larger than usual, giving an effortless, casual chic vibe to a very glam hairdo. Women today, of course, play around with hair color combinations and gradients a lot more, so ombres and soft highlights are another way to spice up classic hairstyles.

Which one of these hairstyles was your favorite from the 2018 Critics’ Choice Awards? What other looks do you plan to try out? If you’re looking for more inspiration, Alison Brie’s romantic half-up-half-down hairstyle and Skyler Samuels’ hair accessories were some of my other favorites from the 2018 Critics’ Choice Awards.

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Best Hairstyles From The 2018 Golden Globes

Kicking off 2018 with a bang, we’ve got the best hairstyles from this year’s Golden Globe Awards. As the first major event of the 2018 awards season, there were a lot of expectations doing the rounds, especially in the wake of the recent women’s empowerment and representation movements and anti-harassment efforts taking the world by storm.

With many, many female celebrities vowing to wear black as a mark of solidarity against sexual harassment, the night made for a really moving experience celebrating the power of women as well as a beautiful moment in art and fashion, giving stylists, makeup-artists and hairdressers a chance and a challenge to create phenomenal looks while working with a very simple palette. I think everyone did a fantastic job, making for a night that was every bit as glamorous as the years before, and more powerful and inspiring than any of us could have hoped for. 

Emilia Clarke

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The silvery platinum hair color trend continues to hold strong with Emilia Clarke showing off a crisp, medium bob. The collarbone-length and even ends make the haircut both wearable and sophisticated, while the icy color and the dark roots keep things fun. Win-win!

Margot Robbie

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Margot Robbie’s 2018 Golden Globes’ hairstyle is one of my favorites of the night: the perfect balance between polished and relaxed. Margot’s stylist combined two timeless trends: beachy, boho waves and Old Hollywood waves, creating the perfect marriage by taking the casual shape of the former and the sophisticated finish of the latter. Getting the base smooth and sleek first means that the waves look more styled than your typical beachy vibe and the high side parting and glossy texture make the hairstyle more Red Carpet-ready.

Millie Bobby Brown

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One of the most talked-about 2018 Golden Globes’ hairstyles came from one of the youngest actors in the industry: Stranger Things’ Millie Bobby Brown is a tour de force both in terms of her talent and her personal style. From the front, we’ve got a sleek topknot, but the sweet ballerina-esque vibe is balanced out by three edgy Dutch braids running between the base and the bun.

Saoirse Ronan

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My dear friend Adir Abergel created Saoirse Ronan’s 2018 Golden Globes hairstyle. To compliment Saoirse’s futuristic gown with the metallic accents, Adir kept the hair soft and delicate at the front and funky and bold at the back. The hair is styled into an updo by creating a fishtail braid at the back and pinning it up on the head, with the ends tucked in. Adir finished the look by weaving in a silvery metallic thread into the braid to give it a bit of a punch and play off of Saoirse’s dress.

Viola Davis

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Celebrating feminine beauty, power and strength, Viola Davis kept her hair natural, glorious and goddess-like: true to who she is as a person and a performer. Viola’s Golden Globe 2018 hairdo is a poem about fierce beauty and the importance of healthy, happy everything!

Zoë Kravitz

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One of the more minimalistic hair trends of the night came from Zoë Kravitz. The cropped pixie haircut is making a comeback this year, with a universal emphasis on women celebrating their unique features and faces. For that hint of a vintage vibe, keep the sides slightly long and play around with curling the ends or slicking them down or even carefully arranging them in pin curls. To balance out a pixie, keep the texture shiny and touchable for a look that is romantic and modern.

The 2018 Golden Globes were such an inspiring, exciting experience- one that I hope is a sign of great things to come!

 

 

 

 

Best Hairstyles From The Met Ball 2017

This year’s Met Gala theme centered on its exhibit, ‘Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between’. Honoring 74 year-old Japanese designer Rei Kawakubo, the 2017 Met Gala brought out an explosion of fashions and beauty trends that walk the line between classic sensibilities and avant-garde art.

The juxtaposition of dark, moody colors against pops of bright rainbow hues on the Red Carpet is just the sort of duality that Kawakubo’s work is known for. Outfits with structural cuts, sharp lines, bold graphics and dramatic volume found themselves paired against feminine, classic makeup trends, which were then topped off with electric, edgy hair trends.

Allison Williams

Allison Williams’ Met Gala 2017 is at-once strikingly modern and deliciously retro. The vintage glam waves and volume get a major update with the side-parted, shoulder-skimming lob. The height at the crown adds a ton of movement and body to the hairdo, really making it come alive. The best part about this hairstyle is that Allison looked completely at home on the red carpet for an event known to invite unpredictable, eccentric fashion trends and yet you could just as easily wear this hairstyle to work or a wedding.

Cara Delevingne

Cara Delevingne recently shaved her head for her role in the upcoming movie Life in a Year and most people expected her to walk the ‘bald and beautiful’ route, especially seeing as to how in-sync the aesthetic is with the event. However, Cara went a step further and surprised –and delighted– everyone by painting on some silver hair! Cara invented the new ‘alien chic’ trend with frosty platinum skull-kissing faux-crop complete with a side-parted, asymmetrical hairline and sequins placed along the front like the most glorious meteor shower.

Claire Danes

Every year, the Met Gala and the Oscars yield a hair trend or two in the form of spectacular hair accessories. As a stylist, you learn to love both the craft itself as well as these complimentary accents that are sometimes all you need to kick a look up to the next level. Claire’s updo gets an edgy kick with the pouf-accent at the front, but the real star of the show is that Fred Leighton arrow-shaped brooch. Everything, from the distinctly vintage style to the steely finish, lends a sleek, tough ‘warrior princess’ air to the hairdo, and contrasts beautifully with the princess-y volume of Claire’s outfit.

Lily Collins

Lily Collins wore a Flapper-era inspired wig to the 2017 Met Gala and everything about the hairdo –the softly graduating super-short bangs, the blunt bowl cut, the longer ends at the back, the mahogany-hued inky black base– screamed Met Magnificence. The hairdo was super vampy, with strong gothic influences, and the undeniable Twenties-vibe also lends an air of soft femininity to the look.

Rose Byrne

Rose Byrne’s dramatic curly-do was hands-down one of the most talked about looks from the 2017 Met Gala. To recreate the Studio 54-esque hair, you need to work with tightly wound curls and brush them out to create the texture. Remember to keep some of the crown slicked-down and flat, about 2 inches from the side part on either side, to create a sharp contrast with the curls and stay true to the retro vibe. The hairdo really plays up Rose’s hair color as well: the gradient from the brunette roots to the strawberry blonde tips really comes through in the hairstyle.

Sofia Sanchez Barrenechea

Sofia Sanchez’s braided hairdo is sheer perfection. The tightly coiled fishtail braid snaking its way around the crown and down the side and one shoulder is a spectacular work of art. There’s something so fluid about the braid it seems almost alive. The tightly slicked-down crown and straight, loose ends at the bottom create a vivid contrast with the braid in all its serpentine glory.

Zendaya

In a sea of stunning hairstyles and beautiful outfits, Zendaya left everyone breathless with her beyond-voluminous Afro. If textured hairstyles are your thing, it doesn’t get better than Zendaya’s look from last night. To recreate the base, you need to begin with tightly curled ringlets and then work to breathe life and body into them. A great way to ‘comb out’ tightly wound hair is to lift sections and pull them apart with your fingers and backcomb in small pieces, moving against the natural grain to really get that cloud of curls. Zendaya’s look is both iconic and wearable, helped by the fact that the bangs, the soft-U shape of her hair and the downward-pull of gravity (in a time when the dominant hair trend is to go ‘up, up, up’ with futuristic hairdos) are all so natural.  It’s no wonder that Zendaya’s Met Gala 2017 hairstyle is being hailed as the ultimate in real girl style.

Truly an unforgettable night: the 2017 Met Gala did not disappoint!

 

Best Hairstyles From All Autumn Winter 2017 /2018 Fashion Week

I’m finally ready to bid adieu to the Fall 2017 Fashion Week. As always, it’s been such fun spotting new trends and seeing some old favorites return to the limelight. We’ve already checked out the best hair trends to come out of each of the four cities and today, we’re going to do a review of the best hairstyles from Autumn Winter 2017 Fashion Week as a whole. You’ll find recaps of some familiar looks from my previous posts as well as a couple of new hair trends we haven’t covered yet.

Alberto Zambelli

A dominant trend on the Fall 2017 runways – in both the men’s and women’s editions– has been the creative hairline trend. From unusual hair parts to artistic hair accents, we’re looking at exciting new ways to draw attention right to the face. These hair ‘trends’ follow the ‘minimal effort, maximum impact’ motto and are really fun and wearable. The best part about this hair trend is that it makes dressing up easy, everyday hairdos a breeze. And since most people will anyway be paying attention to your face and not the back of your head, you can concentrate all the effort where it really matters and take it easy with the rest.

One of my favorite examples of creative hairstyling is the zigzag ridge accent to come out of the Alberto Zambelli Milan Fall 2017 show. Whoever would have thought you could find hairstyling inspiration in Toblerone bars?

Anrealage

Retro hairstyles continue to influence global fashion trends, and every now and then we see a vintage-inspired hair trend with a modern tweak. These slick, tightly sculpted pin curls offer a sharper, more textured version of the softer ‘do from the yesteryears. This particular look is also a great example of how to fake a super short haircut in long hair: notice how the back actually disguises the length in tight, flat bun?

Christian Siriano

My vote for the Best Braid of the Fall 2017 Fashion Week goes to this segmented fishtail braid from the Christian Siriano Fall 2017 show at New York Fashion Week. It’s striking, and so easy to recreate. All you have to do is make a fishtail braid, but instead of styling all of your hair into a single braid, just divide it up into smaller segments. Begin by securing your hair into a ponytail: this really helps with the braiding process and keeps the base tight and the braid in place through the day. Then you can get started: braid a bit, finish off the segment with a tight hair tie and then start the next one immediately underneath. Pro tip: leaving a bigger chunk of unbraided hair at the bottom creates the illusion of longer hair.

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Blunt, chin-lengths bobs with full, straight fringes are one of 2017’s biggest hair trend so far. The look is edgy and chic, but also very low-maintenance, which explains why it’s such a hot favorite with so many women. In fact, I’ve been keeping a track of the trend’s evolution and I’ve noted that it is especially a hit with busy mums and working women (just log onto a few Instagram parenting-themed accounts and you’ll see I’m right) and I really love that a really deserving audience that often gets ignored by the hottest hair trends is now the primary focus. Cut right, the blunt bob with bangs can be worn by most face shapes, with only minor adjustments in length (overall and that of the bangs) needed to suit the individual wearer. Wear the bob straight for a bold look everyday and curl the main lengths while keeping the bangs smooth for a flirtier, funkier mood.

Simonetta Ravizza

Fancy something even shorter than the blunt bob? This short-cropped haircut from the Simonetta Ravizza Fall 2017 showcase at Milan is the perfect in cool, classic styling. Women’s cropped haircuts tend to work with slightly longer and more voluminous hair to retain some of the softness that goes with the traditionally feminine hairstyles. We’re used to seeing wispy pixies with big, fluffy fringes. And so, this rather boyish haircut with barely-there bangs is a bold new move in women’s fashion. The teeny-tiny bangs soften up the hairline just a bit but don’t actually work to counter the unapologetically pared-down aesthetic. Minimalism is a theme we’re going to see a lot more of in 2017’s hair and beauty trends.

That’s a wrap on for my pick of the best hair trends from the Autumn Winter 2017-2018 Fashion Week. And don’t wait till fall: there’s enough inspiration here to keep you busy for the entire year!

 

Best Hairstyles From Paris Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2017

Wrapping up the final segment of the Autumn Winter 2017 runway, here is my take on the best hairstyles to come out of Paris Fall 2017 Fashion Week. There was a healthy mix of artsy and wearable hairstyles on display, with a couple of really creative hair color trends to boot.

Anrealage

Retro pin curls get an upgrade in this slick and shellacked tight updo. You can wear the pin curls as the primary hair trend or as a hair accent with ponytails, buns and updos. Notice how the model’s long hair has been tightly packed into a flattened bun at the back to create the illusion of much shorter hair? The [faux] length, hairstyle and detailing have a very Twenties Flapper feel while the glossy texture and precise definition create a very modern, slightly vampy mood.

Balmain

Combining two universal favorites –ponytails and braids– is this simple yet striking hairdo from the Balmain Fall 2017 runway. You know, if you had to pick one or two braiding styles to master (because let’s admit it, it’s a time-consuming and strenuous activity) I would recommend the fishtail braid and the Dutch braid. The Dutch braid really pops against any base and is the ultimate cool-girl 3D braid. Tiny Dutch braids make for excellent cornrow-inspired hair accents while the bigger, fatter Dutch braids can make a simple ponytail like this one look runway-ready.

Elie Saab

Looking for romantic updos for spring weddings and autumn dinners? This textured, twisted off-center bun from Elie Saab Autumn Winter 2017 is just the thing. What’s so special about yet another side bun updo, you ask? To begin with, those statement headbands are spectacular. Admittedly, they don’t make for everyday wear so you can swap them in for a more classic dark leather headband if you’d rather wear this hair around the workplace. That said, I do recommend investing in a couple of statement hair accessories because they are fantastic for special occasions. Transform the bun into a formal updo by building volume at the crown just behind the headband. Backcomb a smidge to create a soft beehive before you make the bun. Once everything’s in place and you’ve got the headband on, slide the tail end of a rattail comb and gently lift up to puff up the beehive a bit more, while keeping a firm hand on the hadband. You can keep the front really flat for extra contrast or allow natural volume for a softer look.

Haider Ackermann

What do you get when you combine a bowl cut with a luxurious, full, fat, asymmetrical fringe? This year’s hottest breakout trend: the androgynous beauty trend. The key to adding a hint of femininity to androgynous hairstyles is in working with thick, healthy hair so that we’ve got a lot of natural body and curves to soften up the look a bit. It’s such a kick how just an inch of extra hair at the end of the fringe can jolt you out of your stupor and make the hairstyle look equal parts edgy and fluid. Now, you don’t have to get a bowl cut to be able to recreate the look: just as is the case with bobs, you can fake a bowl cut too! Just style the bulk of your hair far behind the head to keep it create from showing at the front. A tight bun, a flat braid or a low ponytail can all help the illusion while you keep the bangs front and center.

Issey Miyake

I’ve previously talked about how the rainbow hair color trend and its many variants like the mermaid hair color trend are going to take a backseat this year. However, I did love these peacock-inspired hair colors at the Issey Miyake Fall 2017 show. We saw a couple of different color combinations, mostly in the peacock and mermaid color spectrums- shimmery blues, greens and purples and it’s this really clever placement that caught my eye. From a distance, it looks like a head wrap and this is a smart combination of hair color and hairstyling techniques. To me, the seamless blending of colors and the diffused metallic finish are what set this particular hair color trend apart from all its predecessors. If you’re tempted but uncertain, you can always get a bottom layer of your hair colored: the trick is an industry favorite for disguising wild hair color while experimenting with the quirkier trends at the same time.

Masha Ma

The secret to making potentially twee hairstyles look good is in making them outrageous. Up the art factor and you can move from precious to Parisienne. Double ponytails wouldn’t typically make it to my list, but this particular iteration has a couple of things going for it: the height adds a ton of volume and drama to the look, the style manages to walk the line between schoolgirl and Harley Quinn, and the subtle heart shape create by the falling hair is an interesting focal point at the back.

Thierry Mugler

The power ponytail gets a boost for 2017 in this slicked down, quiffed-up version from the Thierry Mugler Fall 2017 runway. The high side part, razor-sharp textural details and front pouf accent add a lot of drama to the classic low ponytail- and you it’s all supremely easy to style. All you really need for this look is a wet-look hairstyling mousse and a fine-toothed pintail comb so you can get that piece-y raked texture to really show up.

While the colored hair-headbands from the Issey Miyake show stole the top color trend spot for me, I do recommend checking out photos from the Leonard Fall 2017 runway as well: I recently talked about how the silver-sage hair color trend is another one to watch out for this year and the slightly brighter, blonde-green hair from the Leonard is definitely worth a dekko.

 

Which of these hair trends from the Paris Autumn Winter 2017 Fashion Week will you be trying?

 

Best Hairstyles From Milan Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2017

If you’re looking for hairstyling inspiration across a diverse range of ideas, textures, shapes, cuts and colors, it just doesn’t get more exciting than the Milan Autumn Winter 2017 Fashion Week. It happens all too often that runway shows in a particular city end up (inadvertently or intentionally) adhering to a theme or a mood: it’s always easy to clock patterns and pick out common motifs and that can get predictable sometimes. No such issue with the Milan Autumn Winter 2017 Fashion Week though: there was a wealth of creativity and unique styling on display.

Alberta Ferretti

Seeing at to how we’re heading into spring-summer, it’s sometimes easy to forget that this edition of the Fashion Week is actually intended for fall-winter. There are no rigid rules in fashion, so I do encourage my readers to follow their hearts, but if you’re craving a taste of some old-school styling, the Alberta Ferretti Fall 2017 runway is a good place to start. After all, nothing defines sweater weather quite like boots and hats and choosing hairstyles for hats can be tricky. But this messy, textured 3-strand braid is the perfect hairdo for autumn. You can braid loosely or try your hand at pancake braiding to fluff up the volume once you’re done. Keeping the crown simple means you can pull on hats and scarves comfortably; whoever said you couldn’t have both fashion and comfort at a go clearly missed this memo. 

Alberto Zambelli

We’ve been seeing a lot of the unusual bangs and hairlines of late but none quite as striking as this zigzag ridge accent. Whether you’re reminded of the original Toblerone chocolate bars or now dreaming of a vacation in the Alps, there’s no denying that this super sculpted hairstyle is one of the most striking hairstyles we’ve seen this season.  

Calcaterra

Figure-8 braids are a wonderful step-up on the regular plait, and fairly easy to style. Like most braids, it makes for a great standalone hairstyle as well as an arresting hair accent. I do recommend making like the Calcaterra Fall 2017 models here and finishing the ends properly to polish up the look. Before you begin braiding, take a section of hair from the ponytail and wind it around the base to cover your hair band. When you reach the end, secure it in place with another band and cover it up in the same manner. You can leave some hair loose towards the end or braid all the way down and then roll the ends up and tuck them in to create the illusion of an endless braided spiral.

Versace

The models at the Versace Fall 2017 show wore their hair with brightly colored chunks in vivid hues like orange and reds. My favorite of the lot is this luminescent cranberry and candy apple red shade. It’s a new take on the red hair color trend, moving away from the coppers and auburns and strawberry. It reminds me of those jewel-toned hard candies and it’s such a change from the usual red hair color options that most women favor for fall. Notice how the crown is kept totally clean of the red and how it increases as we move down the lengths and towards the ends? Keeping hair color natural around the face helps make the wilder hair color trends more wearable since anything too crazy right around the face can be jarring. This hair color trend doesn’t call for particularly seamless blending and the whole point of the look is to pop out and grab eyeballs, so there is always the option of using colored hair extensions instead of undergoing an actual dye job.

Vivetta

The platinum hair color trend tends to be a favorite for fall/winter almost every year and clearly 2017 is no different. What’s new, however, is how we’re styling it. For starters, ask your stylist for the slightest hint of a buttery yellow cast over the platinum dye. This moves the color from the silver family to a gold, making it warmer and more wearable for a wider range of skin tones. The tiniest changes can make a statement hair color more comfortable (for the wearer and the admirer) while keeping the wow factor intact. Secondly, try some feminine, retro hairstyles that challenge the stereotype of edginess that goes with platinum hair color. Nobody’s expecting finger waves, pin curls and Old Hollywood waves in platinum blonde hair, which is what makes this trend so deliciously refreshing. It’s a shade that seems to have become the sole territory of those with asymmetrical bobs and angled lobs and it’s about time we celebrate how platinum hair can be both bold and soft- just like the women who breathe magic into the look.

Some of my other favorite hair trends from the Milan Autumn Winter 2017 Fashion Week include the baby bangs from the Aquilano Rimondi show, the gorgeous swoops-and-loops updos from the Bottega Veneta runway and the powerful short crops at the Simonetta Ravizza showcase.

Best Hairstyles From New York Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2017

Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2017 is well underway, so let’s jump right into it, shall we? Here are my favorite hairstyles from the New York Fall 2017 Fashion Week runways.

Altuzarra

Combing two of 2017’s hottest women’s hair trends –the orange hair color trend and full, luscious bangs– is this super-structural bob from the Altuzarra Autumn Winter 2017 showcase. Note how the body of the bangs is balanced out with the clean, minimalistic lines of the haircut, with a hint of an outward flip at the ends adding some subtle drama.

Anna Sui

The last couple of months have seen an explosion of mini buns, double buns, space buns, Minnie Mouse buns- what have you. They’re quirky, eye-catching and yes, a bit silly- but in a fun, carefree way. This new version from the Anna Sui Fall 2017 runway has a distinctively feline structure to it, with a more cone-like pointy-tipped form, even though the ‘buns’ are a lot looser, more looped and less compact than most we’ve seen so far. A cute little addition to an everyday look or the perfect finish to a cat costume?

Badgley Mischka

There’s something so intrinsically retro/ 50s-housewife about this voluminous, wavy bob with its ends curled and flipped. And yet, it’s also an incredibly sexy, bold hairstyle and in keeping with the bob/lob haircuts trend that’s been burning up the scene for a while now. It’s a lot softer, more rounded and flowy than bobs and lobs tend to be, so if you’re tiring of the asymmetrical haircuts and the piece-y and textured finishes, why not give this one a whirl? If you’ve already cut your hair short, it adds a whole new look to your arsenal so as long as you can get your hands on some hot rollers.

Carmen Marc Valvo

Nothing like a dressed up ponytail, because let’s be realistic: for the average style enthusiastic, putting together all the intricate braids and complicated hairdos are but a dream on a regular day. The trick to recreating this hairstyle from the Carmen Marc Valvo Fall 2017 show is in a few key elements. For starters, you want to play around with the finish. Add a shine-boosting product to the crown to make it glossier than the rest of your hair. Run your fingers through the crown to give it a slightly messy, piece-y finish and pull out a few strands at the front while you gather the hair into a ponytail at the back of the neck. Two, Wrap a section of hair from the ponytail around the base to hide your hair tie and give it a more polished finish. And finally, maximize volume and texture in the loose section with these two key steps: use a large barreled curling wand to add waves to the hair and once they’ve cooled down a bit, fluff them up with your hands or even backcomb the lengths a bit to really build up the volume. Add a hairspray to hold it all in place and you’re done.

Christian Siriano

Fashion Week is a great time for new hair trends and ideas on how to spice up old favorites. The fishtail braid has become one of the world’s most loved braids in recent times and this version of it seen at the Christian Siriano Fall 2017 show takes it to the next level.

If you already know how to make a fishtail braid, there’s nothing to it. You just have to create a little fishtail braid, secure it off with a hair tie, start another braid immediately after and repeat the process until you’ve hit the end. For ease of styling, I recommend first gathering your hair into a ponytail and then creating smaller braided sections out of it. If even that sounds like too much work, just make your regular fishtail braid and add ties at equidistant points and really pinch these points together to create the illusion of separate sections.

Concept Korea

One thing I’m always on the lookout for at Fashion Week is a new hair accessory. They’re a genius way to dress up a hairdo and are also a solid solution for those of you who can’t/don’t like to create elaborate hairstyles. Now, we’ve been seeing hair rings on the WWW for a while, but they’re yet to catch on in a big way. You could try weaving a pliant metallic wire through a braid for a more serpentine, seamless effect but hair rings are a whole lot easier to work with. And if you’ve always struggled with making braids work in dark hair, these hair rings are a great way to make them pop.

Jenny Packham

You know how some designers have perfected the art of representing a certain mood in their work? Jenny Packham captures ‘romance’ like no other. And these knotted, twisted accents from the show are the perfect romantic hairstyle for when you want to channel a soft, feminine vibe. The models wore these twists in all kinds of combinations, hair lengths and textures and so can you.

Jeremy Scott

Like twisted hairstyles? And ponytails? What about half-up-half-down hairdos? Whoever thought you could blend all three into Spring 2017’s hottest new hairdo. I love hairstyles that involve contrasts and here you can see how the soft curves of the twists play off the sharp, straight ends. The unique shapes also invite light in most beautifully, so if you’ve got discreet lowlights or even natural hair color variations, the end result is rather enchanting.

Noon By Noor

Soft, relaxed waves never go out of style and there’s something so classic yet fresh about this hairstyle from the Noon By Noor AW 17 show. I’m calling it the Veronica Lake Update. The hair is shorter, the side part is higher, the finish is slick at the crown and more natural down the lengths and the waves are much softer and looser. The whole look is very understated and sophisticated, but also a breath of fresh air if you’re looking for a break from all the crazy hair colors and hairstyles that have dominated the scene the last few seasons. I’ve talked extensively about how 2017 is going to see a return to classic sensibilities and minimalism where hair trends are concerned and these recent runway hair trends are proof that the concept is picking up on a global level.

Tory Burch

Don’t have the time/ skill to pull together a fancy hairdo? Dress up classic hairstyles with these oversized velvet hair bows. These big, bold, black bows kick up some nostalgia with their retro schoolgirl hairstyle vibe but the dark color and the juxtaposition with bright, multicolored outfits sharpens the look up.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this look at the best hair trends to come out New York Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2017-2018. It’s been a mixed bag of all kinds of hair trends and as such, a great start to the season.

Best Hairstyles From London Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2017

It’s been a thrilling couple of weeks, what with all the awards shows and the Fashion Weeks and finally the Oscars. But the good times aren’t done yet, far from it. Today, we’re taking a look at the best hairstyles to come out of London Autumn Winter 2017-2018 Fashion Week

Antonio Berardi

Braids continue to be 2017’s biggest hair trend, and this one here from the Antonio Berardi Fall 2017 show is one of the most striking I’ve seen in a while. The main attraction here is the scruffy, open-ended fat fishtail braid. The messy texture and the unfinished bottom are integral to the look. To secure the braid without actually tying the ends close, stick a few bobby pins in at the end and cross them over to make sure the braid loops stay in place. Then backcomb a section of the hair right under the end of the braid to add some extra resistance. The smaller braids all over the crown add to the funky, unkempt vibe but you can skip these if you’re looking for a more wearable hairstyle.

Ashley Williams

The extreme hair color trend is taking a bit of a backseat in 2017, but there’s still some fun to be had. This dual-toned color job made for a punchy addition to the London Autumn Winter 2017 Fashion Week and while it’s not the most wearable hair trend, it certainly is striking. Two-toned hair color combos tend to be focused on the greyscale spectrum, balancing the striking contrast with traditional shades. And so, it’s fun to see this refreshing citrusy take on the trend. Orange hair color is shaping up to be one of 2017’s hottest hair color trends and here’s yet another way to add some sunshine to your look.

David Koma

Another designer, another braid. The point of note here clearly is the dichotomy between the braided, tightly styled half against the softer half. Half-and-half styles can look severe, but see how the stylist has blunted out the potential harshness by using a side part to carve out a smaller segment of hair for the braid? This draws attention to the braid but doesn’t let it overpower the look. With the majority of the crown –especially the hairline– devoted to the smooth, ‘regular’ side, the look remains wearable. You can continue the braid all the way down as seen on the models or just till the neck and blend the rest of the hair into a low, side ponytail or even a bun.

Huishan Zhang

Curly, messy updos are the perfect hairstyle bridal hairstyle for spring weddings. The floral shapes created by these updos is so evocative of spring-summer, you can see how they’d be a perfect fit. So you don’t have to wait till autumn-winter to recreate this look from the Huishan Zhang Fall 2017 show. There are a couple of different ways to do this hairstyle, but the easiest is to curl your hair and then just lift, fold and pin individual segments onto the crown. You can vary the amount of hair you pick up, the manner in which you fold and arrange different pieces and whether or you not fluff them out to keep the look from getting too symmetrical.

J. JS Lee

Double buns have been all the rage these past few months and if you’ve been holding out on the trend because the Minnie Mouse look or even the Princess Leia hairstyle seemed too costume-ish to sport on the out and about, here’s a more wearable but no less striking version: two big, braided buns at the back of the head, positioned at different heights. The circular curves and loops of the buns and the braids are intriguingly offset by the straight lines of the strong middle part and the fact that the two buns themselves actually sit along a single diagonal. Hairstyling is an art and like all art, it can be wonderfully chaotic as well as secretly symmetrical at the same time.  

Mulberry

The hairstyles from the Mulberry Fall 2017 show combined two of the season’s biggest trends: 90s fashion and the androgynous beauty trend. Pared down cuts and slick crowns are typically the stuff of gentlemen’s hairstyles but we’re moving into a whole new era of styling where we’re re-embracing classics, albeit often in brave new ways. In a sea of elaborate feminine hairstyles, we have here a stark, severe look that affords the wearer no curtain to hide behind, and thus is, in its own way, the most vivid form of beauty itself. Bring on those sharp, short side parts and quit hiding that widow’s peak: 2017 is all about powerful women’s fashions.

A strong showing at the London Autumn Winter 2017 Fashion Week; we’ll be looking at the hair trends from the Milan Fall 2017 shows next, so do check in for more later. 

 

 

 

 

Best Hairstyles From The Oscars 2017

The biggest night of the year has come and gone, and what a rush it’s been. Congratulations to all the winners: truly well deserved. There was so much talent, beauty and heart on display I’m certain everyone is going to be talking about the 89th Academy Awards for a long time to come.

Now, onto my favorite part: the best hairstyles from the 2017 Oscars.

Charlize Theron

When you’re carrying a mine’s worth of diamonds on your ears, it’s hard to pick a hairstyle that holds its own while celebrating all that sparkle. And yet, Charlize Theron’s spectacular 80s hairstyle with its side-part and swooping hairline manages to do just that. There is just enough distance between the earrings and the hair accent to balance out the look and it helps that the rest of the hair is styled away into an old-fashioned ponytail at the back.

Emma Roberts

Emma Roberts debuted a new hair color, choosing to honor the mightiest of red carpets with fiery-copper locks styled into classic Old Hollywood waves. I read somewhere that she was channeling Jessica Rabbit and the comparison stuck! It truly is a magnificent hair color, made all the more captivating by the glistening finish. Emma’s hair is proof that the real secret to making any hair color work is in having healthy hair: notice how the light plays off the tangerine and strawberry tones of her hair? That sort of result is only possible if you invest as much into hair care and color maintenance as you do into creating the look to begin with.

Emma Stone

Congratulations to the La La Land star for her big win! We all knew this one was in the bag, and Emma looked absolutely divine while accepting her award. She was the picture of Hollywood glamour and timeless beauty in those loose, side-parted and shoulder-skimming waves. Emma is another actress that wears coppery-red hair well and lends a lot of grace to the hue. If Emma Roberts’ red hair is too light, too obvious for you, then Stone’s more burnished-copper version might be more your speed. The deeper auburn is shot through with streaks of chestnut and topped with a soft golden cast down the lengths.

Halle Berry

Halle Berry’s Oscars 2017 hair is probably the most talked-about look from the night. Just look at that glorious mass of curls! The ringlets were styled into a voluminous, asymmetrical cloud with as much personality as the star herself. Take a leaf or two out of Halle’s book and use these secrets to make your own curls pop:

·      Notice how some of the curls are tipped bronze and caramel? Curly hair comes with a ton of natural movement and body so most women don’t bother adding to it. But highlights and lowlights close to your base color can add to the dynamism of your curls, while still keeping them artfully messy and natural.

·      If you’re artificially curling your hair, use differently sized barrels to create a riot of organic, sexy curls. And at the end, if you’re left with any limp bits, use a really small curling wand to go back in and add more detail.

Janelle Monáe

Janelle’s outfit last night was a study in embellishments, textures, crystals and gems so it’s really saying something that in the midst of all that, her hair still managed to make a mark. Janelle debuted a new short-cropped pixie haircut last night, topped off with an embellished headband.

Ruth Negga

Ruth Negga also sported a statement bejeweled headpiece in a short-cropped haircut. Looks like the flavor of the season is short, choppy haircuts decorated with bold hair accessories. Ruth’s hair was raked back to create more height and volume towards the back of the crown, and you can see that she sports a subtly slick, piece-y texture. In a night of spectacular accessories and jewels, I do think Ruth’s blood red, ruby-studded Irene Neuwirth piece wins my best accessories vote. It harks back to the time Elizabeth Taylor famously wore her tiara to the 1957 Oscars and it’s a bold, bold move.

Scarlett Johansson

You probably didn’t think you’d be reading the words “rockabilly chic” in reference to the Oscars but that’s exactly the mood stylist Jenny Cho was going for with Scarlett Johansson’s hair for the Oscars. Most women shy away from hairstyles and accents like the pompadour and quiff because they do carry a strong masculine energy with them but Scarlett balances the punk rocker hair perfectly with an ethereal gown. Love the contrast between the big, poofy crown and the buzzed-down sides.

Sofia Carson

Another sparkly hair accessory makes the cut! This one’s a lot more delicate and traditional in comparison to Ruth and Janelle’s pieces, but no less spectacular. For her first time on the Oscars Red Carpet, Sofia Carson has made quite an impact. The super-slick crown, side-part and twisted bun have all the makings of a classic, glamorous hairstyle and the floral bejeweled barrette adds a dash of fun to the hairdo.

Taraji P. Henson

Taraji has been setting red carpets on fire this entire awards season with her sexy, edgy bob and the 2017 Oscars were no different. What is different, though, is how it was styled this time around. Maintaining the tousled texture, Taraji’s stylist Tymothe Wallace added extra volume with curls and a side part to channel some Old Hollywood glamour into a decidedly modern haircut. Wallace shared that his inspiration behind the look was 80s star Diahann Carroll and her look on the hit TV show Dynasty.

Viola Davis

Viola Davis continues to raise the bar for women the world over with her inimitable sense of style, unveiling a striking new haircut for the night. Moving from her curly, tousled bob into a sleek, razor-sharp pixie haircut, Viola’s was one of the 2017 Oscars’ biggest hair transformations. And it’s no ordinary pixie either. Cropping away at the sides and back, Viola’s stylist left a significant amount of length up front, creating a layered, asymmetrical pixie.

It is only right that an event created to honor the cinematic and associated arts and crafts is a source of such inspiration and beauty. What a memorable night. Which were your favorite hairstyles from the 2017 Oscars?  

 

 

 

Oscars Hall Of Hair Fame: A Look At The Best Hairstyles From 2006-2016

As we draw closer to the 2017 Academy Awards, I thought it would be fun to do an Oscars Retrospective and take a look at some of the best hairstyles from the last decade.

While researching for this piece, I came across so many beautiful celebrity hairstyles and was struck by how truly iconic some of these looks are. We might not remember the particular year or the work these stars were nominated for, but one look at the photographs brings back a flood of memories. And when you feel awed and impressed by particular hairstyles or fashion statements all over again after so many years you know you have some real winners on your hands.

2006 Michelle Williams

It’s hard to picture Michelle William’s in anything but her signature platinum pixie cut, but there was a time when the elfin-faced actress wore her hair long and honey-blonde. This looped side bun with loose, wavy strands was one of the most talked-about hairstyles from the 2006 Academy Awards and became the go-to romantic/ formal hairstyle of women the world over.

2007 Jessica Biel

This textured updo/ bun on Jessica Biel in 2007 is the sort of hairstyle every woman should master because it works everywhere: to class, the workplace, drinks with friends, dates and formal events. Use a texturizing mousse and your fingers to create the piece-y waves. There’s the illusion of a lot of movement at the crown and it really makes the classic ballerina bun come alive.

2008 Katherine Heigl

Look at Katherine Heigl serving up some solid retro glamour with her perfectly coiffed shoulder-length bob. Nothing screams ‘Old Hollywood’ quite like big curls. This is a lot of look, but in a way that works. I love the flippy ends around the face; there’s something very Farah Fawcett-esque about the style, albeit in a shorter, more modern cut.

2009 Angelina Jolie

I remember in the post-Oscars week in 2009, the buzz was all about Angelina’s stunning emerald earrings. As hairstylists we’re usually charged with creating a look that works well around all the other elements of a client’s look. The dress, jewelry and accessories are chosen first and the hair and makeup follow and it’s always a fun challenge to take on: crafting a hairstyle that’s a piece of art in itself but doesn’t draw focus from the outfit. Angelina’s voluminous, wavy, slightly messy half-up-half-down hairstyle is a fabulous example of a hairstyle that let the gown and accessories shine without taking a backseat itself.

2010 Sandra Bullock

Sandra Bullock’s sleek, perfectly finished down-do is one of my favorite formal hairstyles of all time. The look is so simple but unbelievably polished. The trick to making a basic hairstyle look sophisticated is in adding a few subtle touches: the side part creates a lovely forehead-skimming swoop, there’s a hint of volume at the back of the crown, the asymmetrical placement of some hair over one shoulder makes the hair look intentionally styled and the neatly shaped ends add drama without competing with the outfit.

2011 Kate Beckinsale

The sexy ponytail is the ultimate cool-girl hairstyle, and styled right it can really hold its own in a sea of formal updos and braided hairstyles. Glam up this old favorite by taking your cues from Kate Beckinsale’s 2011 Oscars hairstyle: create a bouffant for tons of drama, curl the ends for a fun, frisky vibe and hide the base of the ponytail by wrapping some hair around it for a polished finish.

2012 Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain makes for one of the strongest cases for red hair in Hollywood and her soft, flowing half-up-half-down hairdo from the 2012 Oscars features in just about every ‘best styled’ list there is. The subdued beehive-like volume at the crown is softened up with lots of loose, face-faming strands. The whole thing was very romantic and organic-looking.

2013 Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron’s close-cropped pixie haircut from 2013 continues to be one of my favorite short hairstyles for women ever. You want women’s cropped haircuts to exude that gamine Twiggy charm and not look too masculine and Charlize’s cut was both refreshing and delicate. With super-short haircuts there’s always the concern that you don’t have a whole lot of styling options until the length grows out, however the devil’s in the details: the slight quiff accent at the hairline and the darker roots add enough drama and flair to the look to make it red carpet-ready.

2014 Emma Watson

Emma Watson’s deconstructed ponytail from the 2014 Oscars is the perfect marriage between formal and edgy fashion statements. The artfully messy twisted and tousled part-ponytail-part-HUHD hairstyle is striking without being out of place. Emma’s stylist softened the look up with some bejeweled star-shaped barrettes, adding some interest at the back and upping the glam quotient.

2015 Gwyneth Paltrow

Mention Gwyneth Paltrow’s Oscar style and most people hark back to 2012 and that peerless white Tom Ford cape and gown.  My personal favorite of the actress’ Oscars style choices is this sleek, segmented down-do. Layering sections of long, straight hair creates all sorts of dimensions and beautiful volume at the crown while keeping the overall effect very smooth and pristine.

2016 Brie Larson

When Brie took home the big win last year for her performance in Room nobody was surprised. And she looked spectacular doing so. The half-up-half-down hairstyle is elegant and an excellent example of how statement hair accessories ought to be deployed. The jewel encrusted Arielle Chignon Wrap Comb by Jennifer Behr is the sort of splurge I absolutely recommend.   

I hope you have fun recreating some of these unforgettable celebrity hairstyles. Which one is your favorite? I can’t wait to see what the 2017 Oscars Red Carpet brings us later this month.

The Best Global Mens Hair Trends From Men’s Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2017-2018

Men’s Fashion Week Fall 2017-2018 is properly behind us, and it’s been an exciting experience. We’ve seen so many inspiring new men’s grooming and hair trends come out of each of the four cities that I thought it would be fun to do an overall recap; a crème de la crème take on Men’s Fashion Week, if you will.

Diesel Black Gold, Milan

Voluminous men’s hairstyles are a major look this year. For the most part, men’s hair trends tend to be about discretion, gravitas and workplace-appropriate choices. But this year, we’re seeing a boom in terms of volume and textural adventurousness. Lots of curls, graininess, height and body- just like this hairstyle from the Diesel Black Gold Men’s Fall 2017 showcase in New York.

KTZ, London

In sharp contrast to the previous hair trend we’ve got this buzz cut from the KTZ Fall 2017 show in London. Super-short/ close-cropped haircuts make for some unusual style statements because they’re so powerful in their minimalism. Less really is more with this old favorite. To dress up the buzz for 2017, ask your stylist to combine the classic cut with a fade detail as you move down the sides. It adds tonality and shadows, while still keeping the look pretty simple.

Nick Graham, New York

Still one of my top picks from the New York Men’s Fall 2017 Fashion Week. Mid-length men’s haircuts are great for striking a balance between being taken seriously and having fun with your look. Styling can make all the difference: a quasi-combover transforms this hippie haircut into the suave gentleman’s trend of choice.

YoshioKubo/ MotoGuo/ Consistence, Milan

The YoshioKubo/MotoGuo/Consistence Fall 2017 showcase in Milan was one of my favorites because of the diversity in styling: a fact that’s highlighted with two spots in this list, featuring two polar opposite men’s hair trends. Here, we’ve got the ultra-traditional, classic side-swept and combed-back haircut. If your personal style is rooted in the ‘strong, silent’ aesthetic, make an impact with this look. The wet-look hair adds a hint of drama, and it’s also a great men’s hairstyle that celebrate the widow’s peak instead of trying to disguise it.

YoshioKubo/ MotoGuo/ Consistence 2, Milan

Bold bangs and fringes as accents are making a splash in men’s hair trends in 2017. Clean lines, comb-overs and swept-back classic haircuts are now sharing space with quirky, architectural hairlines. Take this L-shaped, downward-facing swoop from the YoshioKubo/ MotoGuo/ Consistence show in Milan, for instance. It’s arresting, and strange in all the right ways. Time for the lads to shake things up a bit.

That’s it for the Men’s Autumn Winter 2017-2018 Fashion Week folks. Hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as I have. There’s enough inspiration here to keep you busy and stylish well into the year. 

2017’s Latest Hair Color Trends

Ready for the latest scoop on the hottest hair colors for 2017? Here goes.

1. Sunset Blonde

If rose gold hair was 2016’s universal favorite, the sunset blonde hair color trend is its newer, warmer, more sophisticated version. We’re talking honeyed gold tresses with the softest cast of warm, sunny orange. The color is similar to the strawberry blonde hair trend, but with an apricot tint instead of that reddish-pink hue.

2. Grungy Platinum

Irrefutable proof that the Nineties are back and here to stay? The sexy platinum hair color trend gets a bit of a grunge makeover with the return of the bleached blonde base paired with dark roots. We recently saw the look on Jessica Brown Findlay at the 2017 BAFTAs. Dark roots in pale hair aren’t just a statement: they allow for a more natural transition between the skin and the platinum/ blonde hair color, they’re a great anchor for tying in your brow color and of course, they guarantee that lived-in sexy, smoldering vibe that is Nineties Rocker-Chic.

3. Bronzed Rose

What do you get when you blend blonde, rose gold and brunette tones? The prettiest gilded bronze in town. Ask your stylist to add a wash of rose gold tint over a brunette-and-blonde ombré. If you've got a monotone base going, I do advise getting an ombré done first: it’s just so much more dimensional and vibrant than a monotone base. Pick warm buttery blondes and brunettes, to be followed with the rose gold wash. The end result is a glistening bronze that works beautifully on all skin tones and all year round.  

4. Mulled Mahogany

Another 2017 hair color trend coming hot off the BAFTA block is the dark, delicious chestnut-and-cranberries hair color we saw on Thandie Newton. If the other lighter hair colors in this list aren’t your thing, this mulled mahogany is flying the flag for brunettes this year. It’s a statement hair color that definitely checks the ‘natural glam trend’ box as well.

5. Smoky Sage

We’ve talked about how hair color trends in 2017 are going to mostly fall under the natural category: blends that will emphasize and uplift, while looking as ‘real’ as possible. But if you do want something more more, the smoky sage trend is one of my favorites. Think of it as a blend of grey and green: a cool, silvery minty hue. Ask your colorist for darker, more natural roots to tie the look together. It’s a surprisingly wearable look if you balance out both the green and the grey. And if you want to play around with the concept even further, take a cue out of Dascha Polanco’s book and ask for charcoal roots and ends along with, concentrated pigment placement at specific places. This creates a starker, more differentiated color palette while still keeping true to the trend.

Hair color trends in 2017 are sexier, stronger and more sophisticated than we’ve seen in a long time and there really is something for everyone.

Hair Trends From New York Men’s Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2017-2018

Today we’re taking a look at the final installment of the Men’s Autumn Winter 2017-2018 Fashion Week: New York. Men’s hair trends for Fall 2017 are shaping up to be a right riot of textures, volume and some interesting angles and cuts. Here’s what New York had to add to that mix.

Billy Reid

One of the biggest hair trends for women in 2017 is the straight and sleek texture trend. Conversely, men’s hair is getting bigger and bolder. More volume, more curl and more movement. Take the Billy Reid Fall 2017 show for example: the models’ hair was styled into these medium-length, tousled shaggy cuts. There’s a young Bruce Springsteen quality to it that I really enjoy.

Boss

I’ve talked about how the orange hair color trend is going to be a big one in 2017, judging by the Spring Summer 2017 Fashion Weeks from last year. I liked it then and I like it now- pops of citrus, carrot, amber and auburn: what’s not to love?

The thing color trends is that they, by and large, tend to exclude the male audience. There’s this universal idea that if you’re pursuing a traditional career, extreme fashion and style choices are to be frowned upon, especially if you’re a man. I can see how carrot-colored hair might not work in the office, but it is nonetheless nice to see a major brand engage with its male audience in a new and fun way. The orange hair color trend may not make for a realistic style choice for many men, but if you’re game, it is definitely a unique idea. Try spray-on hair color or temporary dyes to take this look for a spin. It could be a fun way to grab eyeballs at a festival or on a beach.

Nick Graham

We’ve seen a lot of longer lengths on male models on runways and in catalogues of late, marking a definite shift in men’s trends towards more stylized looks and an increased appreciation for flair and flexibility. This particular iteration of the men’s long hair trend retains a certain formal air to it: by parting the front section to one side and brushing the other away from the face you evoke the classic comb-over while still experimenting with length. The trick to making men’s long hairstyles look good is to have thick, lush and healthy hair.

Ovadia & Sons

For a more laidback, youthful men’s long haircut, draw inspiration from the Ovadia & Sons Fall 2017 New York show: shoulder-length, free-flowing bedhead hair is 2017’s boho hair trend for the boys. You want to emphasize texture and volume without compromising on the softness and natural-form of the hair, and the best way to do so is to apply some mousse after showering and scrunching your hair with your fingers to dry it out. Air-drying works just fine but if you can be convinced to use a diffuser, nothing like it!   

Raf Simons

Want to stick/ switch to shorter hair but have fun with it still? Raf Simons’ incredibly successful Fall 2017 show in New York was a powerhouse of men’s trends and style inspiration, and this short haircut with its spiky fringe caught my eye. Men’s fringes are catching on in a big way this year and if you want to experiment with the trend without it looking fussy or too quirky, this is the way to go. It’s noticeable enough to constitute a trend but short enough that you’ll forget all about it and settle into it in no time.

So that’s it for the Men’s Autumn Winter 2017-2018 Fashion Weeks. I’ll be recapping some of the overall winners soon, so be sure to check back for the same. Men’s hair and grooming trends are going to be front and center of the global style debate this year and we’ll be discussing them all right here.