It is that time of the year again! Fashion Week is on in full swing, and boy is it as good as ever. The New York Fashion Week Spring Summer 2015 was a riot of cuts, colours, textures and fashion and beauty trends. I thought it would be fun to take a look at some of the best hairstyles we saw on the runways this time around. Here is my pick of the best hairstyles and hair trends from the New York Fashion Week Spring Summer 2015. Hope you like them! Badgley Mischka
New York Fashion Week Spring Summer 2015
Every year we see a mix of haircuts, styles, colours and accessories that end up defining trends for months to come. Some are wearable, while others not so much: but they are always fun. The hair colour at the Badgley Mischka SS 2015 was one of the first to catch my eye. It’s an interesting gradient from a regular colour to pastel, almost fey-like shades. We’re talking from brown to ice blue!
Now, I understand this is not a look that most will go for and granted, it isn’t the sort of hair trend that you can sport for very long but it is an interesting mix of a number of colour trends we have seen in the past. We’re combining solid, natural colours with the pastel hair trend; we are working with a gradient and creating a rather unique mishmash of highlights and solids. If you don’t want to get your hair coloured and try this on a semi-permanent basis but still want to have some fun, I suggest using clip-in extensions. You can purchase pastel/ rainbow-coloured extensions or you could get hair extensions in very light shades and then colour them according to your own tastes.
You can never, ever go wrong with a high knot in slick hair. It’s just one of those hairstyles that have a timeless appeal and no matter how many times you see it on the runways or on celebrities or even walking down the street, it is going to catch your eye. High buns and knots are always attractive but there is something just so edgy and exciting about such a classic, traditionally feminine hairstyle in slicked-back, wet-look hair.
Prepping your hair properly is the secret to getting this look right. You need to get the hair on the crown to lay really flat against the head while you secure it into a high ponytail. You can use a few drops of Argan oil or a shine-boosting serum while you comb and press your hair down flat and arrange it into a high ponytail. Once you are happy with the way it looks shape the ponytail into a high bun/ knot around its base. You can make a regular bun or layer it a bit by twisting it in on itself or looping it around the ponytail and then drawing hair in through the loop. Playing with different techniques will help you achieve different looks/ dimensions or you could always stick to a classic high bun. You don’t have to worry about tucking the ends in, let them stick out: the pointy ends add a graphic, architectural structure to the look.
The hairstyles at the Carolina Herrera Spring Summer 2015 also featured a bun accent, but with a twist. In the past two years buns have really made a comeback as a major hair trend, and this new look from the Carolina Herrera show is one I’m hoping people will pick up off the runway too. Instead of a topknot or a ballerina bun or even the twisted/ braided buns we have all come to love, what we have here now is cylindrical bun that lays horizontal on the head. Instead of sitting atop the head or at the nape of the neck, this bun forms a perpendicular line with the head and the unique cylindrical form is really eye-catching. If you love styling your hair into high buns but you are tired of all the usual styles, this is a new one you can try.
Getting this bun right may take some practice. Once you’ve slicked your hair down, secure it into a high ponytail at the point you want to create your bun. Then slowly, starting at the ends, keep rolling your ponytail in on itself creating a nice cylindrical shape as you go. Once you’ve reached the bottom- in this case it’s actually the base/ start of the ponytail- gently hold it to your crown and use some bobby pins to secure the rolled hair in place. You can hide the pins inside the hollow rolled section. Just be sure to use at least two pins from either end (a total of four pins at least) and make an ‘X’ shape to add a really firm hold to the style.
Braids are another hair trend that never really go out of style. This past year we’ve mostly seen braids being used as accents in hair so the look from the Donna Karan Spring Summer 2015 show was a welcome take on the technique. The front and top were kept very simple and clean- you can wear your hair brushed back or parted down the middle, depending on what suits you best. This is a style that works best on long hair because you’re basically going to be braiding your hair down the back. At first glance this style might remind you of the traditional schoolgirl braids but upon closer inspection you can see that there’s something just a little bit different about the braids. This style is what is known as the 3D box braiding technique. It creates stacked loops in the braid. Where normal braids/ plaits lay flat, the 3D box braid will seem to jump out at you, no matter what angle you’re looking at it from! The braiding technique is quite easy, with a little bit of practice.
I love the shaggy, graduated bowl cut that we saw on some of the models at the Marc Jacobs New York Fashion Week Spring Summer 2015 show. The thick, slightly uneven bangs at the front and the angled cut make for a fun, carefree look. While this is admittedly not a hairstyle that a lot of people can sport on a regular basis, I think it’s perfect for students and young people who want a look that is fun and frisky but does not require a lot of maintenance and styling. As with any time you are planning to go in for a drastically different haircut, I advise finding a reputed hairstylist and spending some time discussing the look with them before you take the plunge.
The models’ hair at the Naeem Khan show wasn’t a unique style so much as a glorious example of what happy, healthy hair can look like! The models’ hair was styled into glossy, large waves and the hair was parted slightly off-centre at the front. This is another one of those hairstyles that can work wonders with just about any outfit or for any occasion. I’m personally loving the dark chestnut locks on the models- it is such a great colour for Autumn/ Winter. You can easily achieve this look at home with large curlers or even a big-barrelled curling wand. Once you have your curls in place just remember to run your fingers through them to break them up a little bit. Use a shine-boosting serum to give your hair that extra kick.
The styling for the Vera Wang show is not particularly eye-catching or noticeable at first: you only see lose waves in regular-looking hair. However, when you look closer you can see small, skinny braids in the hair and I really loved the idea. It is like finding a little surprise that you aren’t looking for: so it makes it a quirky, fun addition to an otherwise normal, everyday hairstyle. Braid accents are always a nice way to perk up a simple style and these are so easy to pull off. It should not take you more than a couple of minutes. You can add a single braided accent like the models at the Vera Wang New York Fashion Week Spring Summer 2015 show or you can add multiple braids for a more noticeable style. Skinny braids as accents can work in all kinds of hair, whether you are wearing it wavy and relaxed or poker straight or even in a ponytail.
I hope you enjoyed these looks as much as I enjoyed reviewing them. Write to me and let me know which ones you liked best and which you can’t wait to try come spring!