Bette Midler famously said, “When it's three o'clock in New York, it's still 1938 in London”. Anyone who has been lucky enough to have spent time in both cities will at once know this to be true. Where New York is almost futuristic and every minute calls out to tomorrow, walking past iconic London spots will make you feel like you’ve fallen back in time. However, there’s nothing old-timey about the fashion in London: it is as fresh, edgy and innovative as fashion gets. I’ve really enjoyed the collections and styling at the London Autumn Winter 2015 Fashion Week. It’s been a blast, and as always I’ve shortlisted my pick of the best looks and trends from the London 2015 Autumn Winter Fashion Week for my readers to try out.
Playing around with colour is always fun, and if you’re looking for a new take on the trend, you might find some inspiration from this particular show. The models had sections of hair dyed in all sorts of pastel hues and bright sunny colours. We’ve seen similar takes on the colour trend before, but what made this iteration noteworthy is the surprising mash up between the base colour and the highlights/ pops of colour.
We’re all so used to seeing pastels in light hair and jewel tones in dark hair that this particular trend is an absolute delight. Even though coloured streaks as of themselves are supposed to be a daring fashion trend, you can’t deny that there are all these unsaid ‘rules’ of sorts about even the more adventurous fads; but with this colour trend from the Ashish show at the London 2015 Fashion Week we’re celebrating one of my favourite fashion mottos: follow or break the rules at your own pace.
So, whether you’ve got light hair or dark hair or the fashion magazines say a pop of pastel is an absolute no-no in your overall colour, just follow your heart and let your head reflect the same!
Ponytails make for some of the best hairstyles for a range of reasons: they’re casual yet cute, they’re easy to put together, they wear well over long hours and they’re a happy medium between unstyled hair and formal hairdos. If you’re looking for some new ponytail ideas, this photo from the Bora Aksu show at the London 2015 Autumn Winter Fashion Week should give you some great ideas.
The deep side part, the hair sweeping over the forehead and the low ponytail are all classics, but the way these elements have been tweaked and balanced together in this particular look is what makes the look unique. The side ponytail is usually worn rather low on the head, below the ear so it’s nice to see all the height. You’ve probably also noticed the lack of a visible hair tie: so, it might not be your conventional ponytail but it’s a great trend isn’t it?
To achieve the look at home, begin by creating a deep side part. If you have bangs, sweep them over the forehead; if you don’t you can create the illusion of bangs by combing some hair forward and to the side. The next step is to brush all your hair back over from one side and bring it over the shoulder. You can always use long clamp/ banana clips to create the ponytail-like structure or just a regular hair tie (only securing your hair higher than usual on the side). For a more authentic take on the trend, hold all your hair at the height you’d like and very gently backcomb it from the back to give it some stiffness and support. Begin by teasing the hair in layers from the back to the front, and only two inches or so at the roots. You just want to create the “base” for the side ponytail. Smooth down the front carefully, without disturbing the volume or the stiffness. Add a stronghold hairspray. You can then slip in bobby pins at the back to keep the ‘ponytail’ in place on your head. You can also use a hair comb and slide that into place vertically behind your ear to secure the style.
If you’re not sure about the style staying in place but you don’t want the hair tie to show up either, you could just sweep the bangs over it to cover it. Or you can take a section of hair out of the tie and let it fall over the tie to hide it.
If you’re keen on going red, this particular blazing shade of copper is enough to make everyone stop in their tracks, but that’s not the trend that caught my eye at the Burberry Prorsum Autumn Winter 2015 show: it’s the quiff.
Quiffs were traditionally a rather masculine take on hair styling but they’re such an absolutely delicious hair statement that I’m glad to see them become more mainstream and popular in the last couple of years. A quiff is a fantastic accent to all kinds of hairstyles: you can wear it with your hair open in a whole lot of textures or you could wear it with a ponytail or even to counterbalance a topknot.
The quiff from the Burberry Prorsum show is styled to one side and used to offset a side part, and it’s got a bit of a wave-like feel to it. If you’ve got bangs you can even turn them in on themselves so that the tips lay them against your crown to create a pouf and a slight curl that swoops in on itself. Leave a few tendrils loose to soften the look if you’re worried about it being too strong a statement for you.
Everyone knows I love volume, so it probably comes as no surprise that the big bouffant accents at the Erdem show caught my eye. The side-swept bangs and the sleek low ponytail are perfectly accentuated by the fabulous volume at the crown. You can go beehive-big or just style the crown into a nice, medium-sized bump. It’s a great way to dress up a ponytail and you can have the entire look ready in a matter of minutes. Since it does involve some teasing, I recommend using a great hairspray to keep the volume in place. If you’re not a fan of backcombing your hair or you don’t have the time you can use one of those styling bump-it tools to create some instant volume! Just pin it into place using bobby pins and cover it with your own hair and it’ll be as natural-looking as a teased bouffant.
The hairstyle from the Holly Fulton Autumn Winter 2015 show combines an interesting mix of individual trends: short bangs, loose feminine waves, and a bouffant for some volume at the crown. The great thing about this hairdo is that it’s super intriguing but easily achievable at home if you’ve got a little bit of experience with teasing your hair and styling it. You can pick and choose between the various individual elements that make up the trend for an overall look that’s both feminine and formal but also a little mod and unusual thanks to the interplay of the bangs and the messy volume.
If you’re looking for a change in hairstyle, I really recommend the short bangs. We’ve seen a lot of long layers and side-swept bangs in recent times but short fringes are making a comeback. They’re chic and rather versatile: you could style the rest of your hair for an old-world, ladylike effect and the bangs would look dainty or you could rock some punk ‘do for a sassier style statement.
We’ve seen some fabulous faux bobs in recent times: Emma Stone’s hairdo from the 2015 Academy Awards comes to mind. The look from the Jasper Conran show makes for a rather dainty hair trend. Something about the ends curled inwards, the soft waves in the hair and the wispy locks framing the face the makes for quintessential ‘English Rose’ vibe. If cutting your hair into a short bob calls for way more courage than you have at the moment, the faux bob is your friend. This is a lovely vintage-y hairstyle that would be perfect with day dresses, bridesmaid dresses and really, any outfit or occasion when you want something formal but also charming.
Sass & Bide
I picked the hair look from the Sass & Bide Autumn Winter 2015 London show because I think, just like chignons and volume, straight layered haircuts never really go out of style. The choppy layers and the strong fringe immediately create a bold, rocker chick impression. Those of you who enjoy your style statements a little cheeky will absolutely love this trend. It’s a sleeker, straighter version of the wavier lobs that we’ve seen in fashion shows and off the runways in the past year.
If you do get your hair cut to this trend you can wear it both straight and sleek or voluminous and wavy: and just that little switch in texture will leave you with two completely different looking hairstyles. In fact, you could even keep the roots voluminous and straighten the ends, or do the opposite. The sheer number of possibilities with the shag haircut is a stylist’s dream. So, this particular hair trend really gets my vote.
The London 2015 Autumn Winter show threw up some really neat trends to try out in the coming year. Let me know which one you’ll be sporting!