The Best Hairstyles From Paris Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2016

I’ve to admit: there wasn’t as much styling inspiration to be drawn from the Paris Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2016 as compared to New York and London. In terms of new and daring hairstyles and haircuts, we didn’t see a whole lot on the runways of Paris.

However, a pattern I did detect was that of greater emphasis on hair color as compared to the other fashion weeks. A lot of it was the sort of hair color trends that have ruled the roost over these last few seasons, such as the pastel hair color trend and the rainbow hair color fad. We saw some new takes on old favorites and my picks for this post include marriages between popular hair color trends- the results are subtle, but striking. 

Kenzo & Masha Ma

This is possibly one of my favorite –if not most favorite– hair color trends for 2016 to emerge out of Paris Fashion Week. It’s a new take on the grey hair color craze that swept the world by storm a few months back, but this one uses a blonde base and sage cast to breathe new life into the look. I saw different versions of the idea at both the Kenzo and the Masha Ma shows in Paris, and I like both.

The variant at Kenzo was a subtler take on the trend, so if you want to ease your way into a new look, you may find this version easier to work with, but just as much fun. You see, what makes it so interesting is that reveals itself to you the longer you look at it: at first glance, it’s just blonde hair with gradients. However, when you look closer, you see that there’s a lot of grey, some black and most interestingly, a greenish tinge that ties it all together.

In fact, while the model from Kenzo’s Fall 2016 show sported the hair color trend mostly concentrated in her fringe, I saw a more overall wash on another model from the Masha Ma show in Paris itself. The latter’s hair had a greater amount of a steel grey dye with the blonde base peeking through here and there, and some pale green and violet tips.

I love the effortlessness with which grey, green and blonde play together- it’s not a color combination you’d think of when trying to pair hair dyes together but with visual proof to support the argument, it’s obviously a match made in heaven. Grey wears beautifully in light hair (though you could rock dark roots with it for a stormier effect) and green acts as the perfect transition hue between the two main colors. It’s slightly chillier than what we expect of hair color trends for summer, but it’s too good to miss. I definitely want to see more of this in the fall.

This is possibly one of my favorite –if not most favorite– hair color trends for 2016 to emerge out of Paris Fashion Week. You see, what makes it so interesting is that reveals itself to you the longer you look at it: at first glance, it’s just blonde hair with gradients. However, when you look closer, you see that there’s a lot of grey, some black and most interestingly, a greenish tinge that ties it all together. It’s a new take on the grey hair color craze that swept the world by storm a few months back, but this one uses a blonde base and sage cast to breathe new life into the look.

In fact, while the model from Kenzo’s Fall 2016 show sported the hair color trend mostly concentrated in her fringe, I saw a more overall wash on another model from the Masha Ma show in Paris itself. The latter’s hair had a greater amount of a steel grey dye with the blonde base peeking through here and there, and some pale green and violet tips.

I love the effortlessness with which grey, green and blonde play together- it’s not a color combination you’d think of when trying to pair hair dyes together but with visual proof to support the argument, it’s obviously a match made in heaven. Grey wears beautifully in light hair (though you could rock dark roots with it for a stormier effect) and green acts as the perfect transition hue between the two main colors. It’s slightly chillier than what we expect of hair color trends for summer, but it’s too good to miss. I definitely want to see more of this in the fall.

Masha Ma

Another hair color trend that caught my eye (and there were a lot of those at the Masha Ma Fall 2016 show) was this union between pink and blue hair color. We’ve seen pink hair and we’ve seen blue hair, but as far as I can remember, we haven’t seen the two together lately. At least not in a big enough way for it to constitute a major hair color trend. Sure, we had the colors making an appearance when the pastel hair color trend was big, but this particular take feels fresh and new and just in time for spring. In a sense, it’s akin to an ode to the two Pantone colors for 2016, rose quartz (pale pink) and serenity (powdery blue) even though the aqua and the salmon pink showcased here are a bit brighter and punchier. The colors sit beautifully in the light base, which leans towards a very subtle rose gold itself. While the effect is most certainly enhanced by the model’s super short hair here, you can wear it just as beautifully in longer lengths. You can go with highlights if you’re ready to commit to color for the summer, or stick to ombré gradients or colored tips for a more subdued effect. 

Moncler Gamme Rouge

Every time you think all the braids possible have been discovered, popularized and immortalized on YouTube, something new comes along and proves you wrong. Now, this hairstyle from the Moncler Gamme Rouge runway at Paris Fashion Week 2016 may not be the most wearable braided hairdo, but it is interesting and it’s great inspiration for how you can always find something new to do with hair. When I first saw the look, I admit I was a little concerned that it would look a little too ‘horn-like’ but that doesn’t have to be a bad thing, right? I mean, it’s quirky and bold and the braids are beautiful. If you’re into very structural hairstyles or you’re just looking to top off a costume, here’s a great idea.

As for the braids themselves, they’re your regular three-strand braids, plaited together using the basic braiding technique. What’s different here is that the braids are almost at the hairline, positioned to move backwards. Here’s how you can pull this look off at home:

Begin in freshly washed and blow-dried hair. Create a middle part and divide your hair into two sections. Working on one side, gather all the hair up top, as close to the hairline as possible. When you’re brushing the base to gather hair at the front, smoothen the crown down and make sure you don’t have any rumpled bits or loose hair hanging out. You’ll have to pay attention to how you brush: back to front for the hair the back, upwards to the front for the hair at the sides and so on, following the natural contours of the head. Once you’re sure that the base is okay, secure this section into a high ponytail with its base right behind the hairline, next to the middle part.

Then, holding the ponytail up in your hand, begin creating a regular three-strand braid. You’ll want to braid in the forward direction, moving from the base down towards the ends- it’ll be fairly easy since the ponytail should hang in front of your face at this point. Secure the ends with a transparent elastic hair tie.

Now, carefully arrange the braid along your hairline, moving from the front down along the sides of your head. Keep adding bobby pins to secure the braid onto your head. When you reach the end, tuck the loose ends into/under the braided section and pin in place. You might want to slightly fluff up the base of the ponytail at the top to create a larger font at the top.

Repeat this entire process on the other side, with the remaining section of loose hair.

The braids might not be symmetrical but that’s okay, it just adds more charm to the look.

It’s a strange and somewhat severe look, but it’s also a lot of fun and great for when you’re in the mood to experiment.

Shiatzy Chen

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I feel like no Fashion Week review or trend-mapping exercise is ever truly complete without the customary piece on hair accessories. When I originally saw the models’ hair for the Shiatzy Chen Fall 2016 Paris show from backstage previews, I did notice the buns on their own too. The hair was styled into coiled topknots with straight loose ends poking out on one side, sitting spikily atop the crown. However, when I saw the finished looks, the buns had been topped off with some beautiful hair accessories and while there is nothing revolutionary about using hair accessories, it’s just the manner in which it was done that got me thinking- this could be a great hair trend if you’re looking for ways to dress up messy topknots and even ballerina buns without spending a whole lot of time on styling.

I absolutely love how the slightly tousled texture, the spiky ends and the little buns are offset by those large, Victorian-esque hair accessories. You could use bejeweled hair clips, rhinestone-encrusted hair slides and combs or even vintage brooches to pull off this particular hair trend. The larger central stones surrounded by tinier stones, engraving or detailed cutwork lend these accessories a distinctly old-timey look.

The best part about this look is that anyone can style it on their own: it’s just about finding the right hair accessory to compliment your outfit and simply snapping it into place. Sometimes the best hair trends aren’t impossible ideas but simply ideas that we could have come up with ourselves, but just hadn’t- yet.

Stella McCartney

I absolutely love, love, love this hair color seen on this model from the Stella McCartney Paris 2016 Fashion Week runway. If you’re on the lookout for a hot new hair color trend for 2016, look no further: orange! Orange is all the rage these days and it’s making its way into everything: fashion, clothes, jewelry, makeup, automobiles, home décor- you name it. For a bright, cheery color, it’s surprising that it’s taken this hue so long to catch on. But catching on it is. Dare I say, orange is the new black?

If you’re hesitant about going bold with a splash of bright, true orange you can take your cue from the model at the Stella McCartney Fall 2016 show. This hair color is a paler variant of the original color, sheered out in a way that allows hints of the blonde base to peek through. With darker roots and a more concentrated dye at the tips, this is a great hair color trend for both summer and fall. It’s an almost pumpkin-like shade and you can see glints of pink and gold and even red in there. It’s fiery without being a true red and yet there’s enough color there for it to really get you noticed. Love!

So, as you can see, there’s a lot of hair color inspiration to take from the Paris Fall 2016 Fashion Week shows. It’s been an exciting couple of weeks and wrapping up coverage on Fashion Week always makes me a bit nostalgic because it marks the end of the industry’s biggest style season. However, we’ve got the Met Gala to look forward to in a few and then the next round of Fashion Weeks in fall, for next spring/summer. Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2016 may have drawn to a close but there’s so much great hairstyling to look forward to and perfect. Let me know which of these styles from the last few weeks you’re trying and which you liked best.