One of the best parts about the Fashion Weeks- apart from an opportunity for some serious wardrobe planning- is that you get to predict trends for the coming season. Yes, fashion and beauty are all about your own individual personality and sense of style, but it helps to take a look at what other people are loving, doesn’t it? After all, we all need a little bit of inspiration every now and then.
That’s why I love mapping trends from the Fashion Weeks. They give you a sense of old styles that are still as fabulous as ever and new ones that you might not have thought of yourself. Whether you choose to recreate these looks strand-for-strand or you put together your own take on a trend, here are my picks of the best hairstyles from the New York Autumn Winter 2015 Fashion Week.
Models at the Anna Sui Autumn Winter 2015 show had their hair styled naturally. In other words, models sported their own normal hair texture, cut and style- just amped up to look good on the runway. I rather love the boho, beachy waves from this particular look but there were a lot of other great-looking textures to be seen as well.
The best part about going with your regular hair cut/ texture is that you don’t have to learn a whole new style or spend lots of time putting it together. Instead, you can focus on something many hair stylists and fashion lovers fail to pay attention to: healthy, happy hair. Let your natural beauty do the talking just this once, and you’ll be glad you did.
One of the best ways to play up your own hair texture is to let your hair air dry after you wash it. If you must use a towel, simply press sections of your hair between the fabric and don’t rub it together. Use a texture-boosting product like a sea-salt spray and not a texture-altering product.
Good dietary, sleeping and exercise habits go a long way towards guaranteeing naturally fabulous hair but if you’ve got an important event coming up and you want to go the natural route and are worried about limp, straggly or brittle hair here’s what you need to do: use a shampoo and an intensive conditioner to wash your hair, let it air dry, use a sea-salt spray or a similar product and brush out your hair. Then just dab on the tiniest smidgen of a hair serum onto your palms and ever so gently pat your hair to give it a natural, healthy-looking sheen.
I quite liked a couple of the hairdos seen on the Marchesa Autumn Winter 2015 runway. They had a retro flavour but also looked rather satisfactorily contemporary. The curls you can see on this particular model are a lot more defined and piece-y than how most people wear their hair when they curl it, which is why I thought it would make for a fun addition to this post. Most people tend to let their curls cool and set and then either brush them out or run their fingers through them to loosen them up and blend them together. Which is great for when you want a softer, more romantic and more everyday iteration of curly/ wavy hair. However, if you want something a lot more noticeable, this trend is just the thing to try.
You’ll notice how the hair has been parted to one side: creating a deep part and flipping some hair over to one side when you’ve got curls going immediately lends a distinctly vintage aura to the look. These strong, defined curls are a great option if you’re bored of your everyday look or even if you’re headed out someplace and you don’t want to walk the predictable updo route.
You might notice that there’s quite a bit of frizz to be observed at the roots with this particular style. You can leave it like so if you don’t mind. However, if your hair is dry or weak, it might frizz out pretty bad and detract from the look. a fairly easy way of dealing with this is to simply hold your palm open flat under sections of curled hair, gently scrunch it up and make an upward-downward spring-like motion a few times. Repeat all over the head. This will help set the curls and combat frizz.
The models at the Naeem Khan Fall 2015 show had some of the most interesting hairstyles from the Autumn Winter 2015 New York Fashion Week. The hair was parted deep and flipped over and then arranged into a conical French twist-like structure that ran from the front to the back. Now, I understand that this exact hair trend itself might be a little OTT for regular life when you’re not strutting down the runway or posing for the paparazzi ,but it really is eye-catching. And, for those of you at home who’re looking for a more wearable iteration of the trend, you could just use the inspiration to add some Rockabilly 40s-inspired curl accents to your hair. The pin-up look is a timeless trend and you could easily use it to add some extra oomph to your everyday ponytail or open curls.
If you do want to recreate the look at home, first decide the side you’d like to create the twist on. You’re going to have to part your hair over to this side from the other. Since we want the hair to make a smooth transition from one side to the other, and you can’t just pull all of it over to one side, I recommend making a part about four to five inches down and flipping this section over to the other side. This will create two layered sections on the side away from the twist: the one you’re flipping over and merging and the remaining hair towards the nape of your neck. Just gently brush this remaining hair over behind your neck, following the natural contours of your head and comb it in to blend with the rest of your hair. Once this is done, all your hair should be on one side.
You’ll have to start at the tips and start rolling your hair in on itself to create a twist. Once the twist is at the roots (or the height you prefer, ideally around the highest points of your ear) start arranging it in place along your head using bobby pins. You can give the rolled twist more shape and structure as you secure it in place. I recommend criss-crossing the bobby pins in Xs for extra support. Once you’re happy with the look just add some hairspray for hold.
Since this is probably the trickiest of the looks in this post, I do advise perfecting the classic French twist first. It’s much easier to pull together when you’re creating a vertical twist at the back of your head. Once you’ve got the hang of that you’ll find this look a lot easier to style.
Sometimes the best hair trends aren’t so much haircuts and hairstyles as hair accessories. Let’s face it: everyone loves a good hair accessory. It’s the easiest, quickest route to a glamorous look without having to spend ages styling your hair or prepping it with the right product. Even the best of us need a cheat day every now and then. If you’re heading out but you just can’t be bothered to tame, tease and texturise those tresses of yours, take a cue from the Proenza Schouler Autumn Winter 2015 show.
The leather headbands are such a fabulous accessory.
Chic. Glam. Edgy.
You could wear them at a regular height with a ponytail or a chignon for a slightly sassier interpretation of preppy hairstyles. Or you could wear it close to the hairline for a rather bold statement.
All these years in the business and it never fails to surprise how such a simple accessory or styling trick can completely revolutionize one’s entire look!
Victoria Beckham is one of those women who just know fashion. You may or may not agree with her personal fashion choices but you cannot deny, the lady’s got style. The hair trend I’ve picked from the Victoria Beckham Autumn Winter 2015 New York show combines some of my favourite elements: slicked-down crown, straight sleek ponytails and fun accents.
You will obviously need very slick, very glossy hair to work this look. Allow your hair to dry naturally until it’s about 70% dry and then blow-dry it straight. To get it really smooth, use a straightening iron. With a styling product like mousse or a paste and a fine-toothed comb lay your hair down flat and brush it towards the back. Make sure your hair is really slick against your head. Now, as you can clearly see, what makes this hairstyle different from other slicked-back sleek ponytails is the accent at the base of the ponytail.
There are a number of different ways you can go about achieving this. You can secure all your hair into a high ponytail and then lift a section from the ponytail to style around the base. Or you could create two ponytails, one on top of the other, such that the upper ponytail would contain lesser hair and would be used to create the accent around the ‘main’ ponytail. Since I really do believe that fashion is equal parts inspiration and customization, go ahead and create your own accent. You could simply loop the hair around the base or you could create a little bun/ knot on top of the ponytail. You could create a figure 8 structure or even a cylindrical bun pinned flat against your head. Get styling!
One thing that really stood out when I was reviewing the New York Autumn Winter 2015 shows was just how many designers chose to go with the ‘natural-looking hair’ trend. I particularly loved the beachy waves and texture on the model from Anna Sui’s show but there were also a whole lot of other designers who kept the models’ natural hairstyles and textures and just emphasized the same. If you don’t have enough time to put together an intricate hairdo it’s important to know how to optimise your own natural look. And it’s so important to appreciate it. Often, you’ll find that your natural hair texture and volume and a great haircut make for the best style statement of them all.
Learning to boost your hair health and play up your strengths is one of the essential commandments of good hair! I love new, previously unseen hairdos and styles just as much as the next person but I also think this is a great development both on and off the runway.