A/W 11/12 New York: catwalk hair

2 Mar

With elegant buns, pretty plaits, classic ponytails and creative hair colours on display, New York Fashion Week showcased an abundance of inspirational and wearable hairstyles.

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Key Trends

  • Buns and rolls
  • Smooth wraps
  • Half up, half down
  • Pretty plaits
  • It’s a wrap
  • Ponytails
  • Long lengths
  • Textured tresses
  • Wet ‘n’ wild
  • Blunt bangs
  • Colour strips
  • Teased up-dos

  • An assortment of buns graced the New York runways, from elegant topknots and romantic low wraps to textured versions
  • Hair was pulled back tightly and finished with plenty of hairspray to hold down wispy strands and give a smooth finish
  • Carolina Herrera, Donna Karan, Luca Luca and J Mendel all displayed stylish rolls that sat neatly on the head. At Carolina Herrera, hairstylist Orlando Pita folded hair back into polished horizontal buns
  • Preen by Thornton Bregazzi and Narcoiso Rodriguez showcased knotted buns with the ends of the hair left unwrapped
  • Michael Kors opted for an effortlessly simple low bun
  • Similar to buns and rolls, the catwalk also presented a range of delicate wraps and rolls
  • Styles are smooth, slick and glossy, with strands of hair tamed flat. Hairstyles are perfected to the max
  • VPL by Victoria Bartlett showcased an interesting look, with hair split into two at the nape of the neck and wrapped around the sides of the head
  • Philosophy and Ruffian created elegant beehives. At Ruffian, hairstylist Neil Moodie swept models’ hair up into a high beehive, which was inspired by 80s socialite Gloria von Thurn und Taxis
  • At Threeasfour and Alexandre Herchcovitch, hair was pulled to one side to create a big swirl that covered the eyes
  • Hairstylist Peter Gray for Moroccanoil created a glamorous up-do with a strong rope twist on one side and an off-centre, spiral-rolled chignon at the nape of the neck
  • A popular look on the runway was a half-up and half-down hairstyle
  • Contrasting texture is a key characteristic, with dry and wet textures working against each other
  • Hair at the top of the head is combed back and flat, while the ends are left to fall freely, as seen at Derek Lam and Hervé Léger by Max Azria
  • Theyskens’ Theory opted for a modern take on the classic ponytail, with a simple low pony teamed with loose strands of hair at the sides of the face
  • WGSN particularly liked the look seen at Rachel Comey, where half of the head was pinned into curls while the rest was left down and straight
  • WGSN also loved the look at 3.1 Phillip Lim. Half of the hair was pulled up into a bun, while the rest was crimped into soft, rippling waves
  • Plaits remain popular this season, with styles ranging from romantic plaited crowns and braided pigtails to French plaits
  • Erin Fetherston and Nanette Lepore channelled a romantic look. Models at Erin Fetherston wore thick plaits wrapped around the head to form a crown. Gold thread was weaved into the plait, adding a decorative touch to this simple hairstyle. Meanwhile, Nanette Lepore created a side-parted plait wrapped on the side of the head
  • Classic plaits were the order of the day at Halston and Y-3. Halston models displayed a simple plaited pony, while Y-3 showed two French-plaited pigtails
  • Thick mermaid plaits, parted to the side, were key at Band of Outsiders and Mara Hoffman
  • Complementing the ethereal mood at Nanette Lepore, lead hairstylist James Pecis for Moroccanoil created soft, flowing braids to complement the ethereal mood of the collection. Models displayed two styles: a cascade of interwoven French braids that flowed from the sides of the head and expanded to fill the entire back, and wide, loose, asymmetrically patterned braids floating in unstructured, voluminous style from crown to mid-head
  • At Halston, hairstylist Bob Recine and the TIGI creative team produced a classic look with a simple low pony plait
  • Making a strong comeback for autumn/winter 2011/12, ponytails were present at many shows this season, including Calvin Klein, Alexander Wang, Marc Jacobs and Philosophy
  • There were a range of different styles seen on the runway, from sleek and sophisticated to casual, relaxed and boyish
  • Simple ponytails were key at BCBG Max Azria and Theyskens’ Theory where hair was brushed back into a low, groomed pony
  • Hairstylist Guido Paul at Marc Jacobs created a slick high ponytail
  • At Philosophy, hair was brushed back into a low pony, with the top backcombed to create a soft beehive at the back
  • In contrast to these sleek styles, the catwalk was filled with an abundance of messy low versions. Hair appeared to be pulled back with fingers rather than a brush to create a messy, textured finish at the top
  • At Daryl K and Alexander Wang, it was all about dishevelled styling, with the ends of the hair tied up into a knotted low ponytail



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