Paris is the city where mediocrity has no place. There are no averages, only extremes: in art, in love and of course, in fashion. It comes as no surprise then that it was at the Paris Men’s Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2017-2018 that we saw an increased emphasis on dramatic, romantic men’s hairstyles. While the Men’s Fashion Week trends from London and Milan were more about smart-casual men’s hairstyles and an attempt at revisiting classic men’s haircuts, Paris proved to be more flamboyant and sensitive.
If you’ve ever fancied growing your hair out –and just about every man has, at least once in his life– now’s the time to do it. Relaxed shoulder-length hair is going to be a solid men’s hair trend for Summer 2017. Wear the crown parted down the middle and slicked down till the ears, leaving the rest wavy. The vibe is very soulful, very Hozier.
In sharp contrast to the previous hairstyle, we have the wet-look, combed-back hairstyle best associated with the silver screen Sicilian Mafioso-type. The models from the Haider Ackermann Men’s Autumn Winter 2017-2018 runway are proof that a sharp hairstyle and a sharp outfit really do maketh the man. If you’re looking for a hairstyle that is a powerful statement without being too fussy, this is it. The hairstyle is best paired with a clean-shaven face. It’s slick, sexy and sophisticated and if we were to define ‘men’s glamour’ in 2017, this look would be it.
Men’s cropped hairstyles, short haircuts and buzz cuts are also making a comeback this year. This look works on minimalism and a laidback charm. It’s about low-key, understated fashion where you’re comfortable without compromising on style. If the plain men’s short haircuts seem boring to you, take a cue from the Icosae Men’s Autumn Winter 2017-2018 show and ask your stylist to add a taper fade detail.
One of my favorite 2017 men’s hair trends is the return of curly hairstyles and natural textures. Messy, curly mops are the ultimate cool guy hairstyle. There’s a devil-may-care feel about this particular look because it’s dismissive about all kinds of rules about curly/ natural hair not making for appropriate men’s formal hairstyles. The curly haired mop is fun, happy, confident and approachable. To add a touch of high fashion, wear the haircut like the models from the Louis Vuitton Men’s Autumn Winter 2017-2018 fashion show: with maximum volume at the top, slightly shorter sides and longish-ends that stop at the back of the neck.
Men’s hair trends in 2017 are embracing two ends of the style spectrum: on the one hand, we’re looking at classical revivalism and on the other, celebrating hairstyles with flair. The haircuts from the Rynshu Men’s Autumn Winter 2017-2018 show in Paris fall into the latter category. These tousled, side-parted chin-length bobs are a really unique men’s hair trend and a good one at that. Ask your stylist to cut your hair in two levels, one at the chin and the other around the nape of the neck for maximum drama. If you’re uncomfortable with a layered cut, you can always use a side part to create different angles and heights to play around with the look. If you’ve naturally straight hair and aren’t averse to a spot of styling, curling the ends brings that preppy-poet mood that’s dominating men’s hair trends right now.
Next up, we’ll take a look at the men’s hair trends New York Men’s Autumn Winter 2017-2018 Fashion Week.