New York Fashion Week’s Autumn Winter ’18 iteration has just passed, leaving a trail of what we assume is just strewn shoes and lingering hairspray in its wake, but the hero looks live on in inspiring images and how-to’s.
We focused, as always, on the inspiring hair, which ranged from the bold to the commercial, ensuring you have a multitude of creative touch point for both the salon and the set. There were more looks to count over NYFW, but we’ve somehow narrowed it down to ten of our favourites. Which looks do you love?
1. ghd and Wella Professionals X Jeremy Scott
One of the more colourful hair looks of the week came from creative maestro Eugene Souleiman (who else?). “The aim today is to get the hair to look as glossy and sharp as possible, almost fake looking,” Eugene said of the look. “There’s a strong synthetic feeling running through Jeremy’s collection and we are taking that and very much running with it. This colour spectrum is normally associated with loose, undone styles, but this look is sharp, geometric and almost space-age. It is in some ways a homage to Vidal Sassoon and his cuts.”
2. Oribe X The Blonds
Crystalised costumes and extraordinary, Avant Garde hair created a group of models described as a “power alien army”. The collection was inspired by muse, model, designer and art collector Daphne Guinness, with eccentric fashion looks and certifiably big hair from Hair Director Kien Hoang.
3. Moroccanoil X Veronica Beard
Supporting the Denim & Diamonds collection, inspired by 1980s Dallas (think socialites and cowboys in one setting), the hair look complemented a collection of rhinestone sparkles, plaid shirts, high-waisted skinny flares and cowboy boots. “Embracing each woman’s natural texture – straight, wavy or curly – I wanted the hair to reflect the wearability of the clothes in this collection and to celebrate the uniqueness of every woman’s hair texture,” said Kevin Hughes, Moroccanoil Artistic Director.
4. ghd and Wella Professionals X Dion Lee
Low-slung ponytails and loose hair were the two looks chosen to represent the Dion Lee girl, with deep side parts and textural variations creating the unique detail Eugene Souleiman is known for. “There’s an easiness to this collection, but also a toughness,” he said. “Today’s Dion Lee woman is creative, intelligent and fast living. She moves and acts with haste and I wanted to reflect all of this by crafting hair that is simultaneously sharp, cool and wearable. At first glance this hair is simple, but in reality, it’s very nuanced. The deep side part lends sharpness, the wisps a soft rawness.”
5. Oribe X Adam Selman
Hair Director James Pecis’ look was described as a ‘rock ‘n’ roll roadie dream’, with matted down front swoops and rough waves created from the dissolution of braids. This hair look dually complemented and intentionally clashed with the many patterns, textures and bright hues in the collection – a rebellious and edgy take on runway hair.
6. ghd and Wella Professionals X Preen
Eugene Souleiman created Preen girl hair entirely focused on texture, working with each model’s natural hair look to enhance the end product (otherwise known as words to live by in the salon). “The texture of the hair is grungy and uncombed with natural movement,” Eugene said. “We want it to have a feeling of haste and speed, like it’s been done quickly – not too controlled or glamourous. It’s broken, but in a very beautiful way. There are subtle nuances and touches that make it work and make it feel a bit more unusual.” Glitter in the hair added a whimsical final touch.
7. Redken X Alexander Wang
Redken and Hair Director Guido Palau made headlines this season by bringing back your favourite 80s hair accessory for the Alexander Wang – the claw/banana clip. Creating a look that translated models into more chic business women, the look utilised unique, monogrammed Alexander Wang clips to bring them officially back into fashion.
8. Aveda X PRISCAvera
Led by the brand’s Global Creative Director Antoinette Beenders, Aveda created a feminine look for PRISCAvera, inspired by the fabrics in the collection. A corset braid applied to a variety of textured looks defined the aesthetic.
9. Oribe X Chromat
The hair look by Kien Hoang complemented a collection centred on sportswear and utility, where models were strapped in by bungee cords. As such, bungee cords made their way into the hair in two very active, playful styles.
10. Aveda X Yajun
Pushed back hair at its extreme was the look for Yajun, as created by Aveda and lead artist Jon Reyman. With volumised roots and the hair set with clips to achieve a piecey look, the hair was finished with natural, twisting waves. Wearable, salon-relevant and seriously cool – this look ticks all the boxes.
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