New York Fashion Week hit the runways for Spring Summer 17, and while we couldn’t be front row, with the power of google, Snapchat, Instagram and email, we have sort of felt like we were backstage. Adorning the most anticipated fashion pieces of the year were a multitude of inspiring hair looks – enticing in their editorial edge, salon-relevance, boundary-warping creativity or just plain mastery over the enigmatic aesthetic of ‘runway chic’.
While there were more styles than we could possibly ever list, here were 7 shows that caught our eye.
1. Jeremy Scott
Ah, Eugene Souleiman, what would we do without you and your dependable feature looks at fashion weeks? Eugene’s creations are often the most spoken about of the season, and this year was no different when he took the reins for Jeremy Scott. The 80s-centric show (requisite blue eye shadow included) incorporated a ‘camp and fabulous’ (Eugene’s words, not ours) 60s hair look, particularly a retro Vidal Sassoon cut, with multi-hued wigs and the EIMI Perfect Setting tool creating the look. These uniquely shaped looks were worn alongside bright colours, vivid prints and big accessories – in case you didn’t realise, Jeremy Scott hates subtlety.
“It’s always a fun one to do, it’s never serious,” Eugene shared. “People can be a little too serious, but Jeremy puts the character and the freak back into fashion. He addresses pop culture in a very witty way.”
“I went with the 80s mood of the collection, and added a bit of 60s inspiration,” he added about the look. “Haircuts in the 80s were geometric and crazy, but I wanted to create something more beautiful than that. My reference was an old photo I’ve got of a Vidal Sassoon haircut, that’s like a beret. We took that look even further, and cut the hair on the bias, short above the eyebrow, and then longer as it travels around the head.”
2. Gypsy Sport
The hair for Gypsy Sport probably won’t be making its way into salons any time soon ((unless your clients are insanely audacious) but it’s just plain cool to see. The gender-bending show took androgyny to an entirely new dimension, putting boys in bright makeup, sending shaved female heads down the runway, creating different exaggerated hair shapes, playing with colourful accents and conjuring the image of fire in hair. See?
It was all braids, texture, colour and shape at Gypsy sport – where the optimal word had to be diversity. Really, the unique looks have to be seen to be believed.
3. A Détacher
NYFW maestros Oribe, who styled more shows than should be possible in the normal length of a week, created some ultra-cool braids to complement the very trendy A Détacher fashion line. Oribe Educator and lead stylist Kien Hoang created ‘ear-to-ear plaits’ with a fuzzy texture, as if the model was naturally running late, but still managed to look great (if only).
4. Hood By Air
If we had to use one word to describe the Hood By Air show it would probably be… gel, just gel. This was a wet look unlike you’ve ever seen, with an overdose of gel (did we mention that?) and skin made particularly dewy. Models walked the runway variously on their phones (which feels realistic), alongside dogs, with their faces sometimes covered, arms constricted, shoes facing both ways and in increasingly outlandish outfits. Only in New York.
5. Victoria Beckham
This show was notable for simple creating every client’s dream sleek look – so who else would be behind it but ghd and Redken? The three sophisticated brands joined forces once again, with international session stylist Guido Palau using a primer and heat protector to put condition at the forefront of the look. The ghd air and platinum styler were instrumental in creating the covetable style.
“Studying a collection with a designer like Victoria and deciding how to style the hair is an intuitive and instinctive process,” Guido shared. “This time a glossy, sleek and luxurious look felt right. We wanted something totally minimal and modern.”
6. Michael Costello
For designer to the stars Michael Costello (he’s often behind the fashion choices of Lady Gaga and Beyoncé, so take note) Oribe was back with another enticing look (we told you they were everywhere!). Kien Hoang created two botanically-based looks, a wavy, more natural look and a lose chignon, both adorned by over-sized flower crowns (a spring favourite). Well done to Aussie stylist Josh Salib of RAW Anthony Nader, who took part backstage!
7. Monique Lhullier
Moroccanoil have become quite accustomed to creating beautiful hair for fashion weeks worldwide and this season their simple but perfect ponytail for Monique Lhullier stood out as a highlight.
“No brushes required, this girly, top-of-the-ear ponytail has the right amount of punky texture to perfectly contrast the mature and serious design of Monique’s spring/summer collection,” said Hair Director Bob Recine.
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