Hair Trends According to NYFW

New York Fashion Week served some memorable hair moments this season. From rainbow braids to creative ponytails to gorgeous waves, another runway season means another outpouring of looks to get us inspired for the next couple of months.

Model from Christian Siriano's runway with her hair in a low ponytail with silver chains woven through.

Christian Siriano: Heavy-Metal Ponytails

Siriano’s Fall 2019 collection had models sporting silver chains woven throughout simple low ponytails. Hairstylist Justine Marjan said, “We did a tiny braid in the center of the head that we attached clip-on braids to, and we just gathered it into a low ponytail. It’s really cool because, from the front, there’s no part, and the hair will just be sleek and slicked-back and clean; from the back, there’s that element of surprise.”

ponytails. One is held with a circular, ornate clip, the other one with a velvet ribbon.

Oscar de la Renta: Lux Accessories

While models with short cuts, braids, and kinky curls came down the runway with their natural textures, hairstylist Odile Gilbert had models with long, straight or wavy textures nip their hair into a tight, low ponytail with a middle part and a soft wave through the ends. Each one was decorated with either a velvet ribbon, a large jewel-encrusted barrette, or bedazzled bobby pins.

Prabal Gurung styled some models with an 80s blowout

Prabal Gurung: 80s Blowout

Gurung’s theme this year was jet-setting nomad, but instead of a millennial boarding a private plane with third-day hair folded underneath a baseball hat, models brought back the retro style blowout. Big and bold hair on the runway felt sexy and more flattering than ever.

From designer Rodarte. One model has her hair up with faux flowers framing her face. The other model has her hair down in waves with flowers throughout

Rodarte: Romantic Curls

Glitter was half of the equation at Rodarte’s fall show. Amazing floral headpieces sat atop bouncy curls—both natural and those created by a curling iron. The perfect mixture of glamazon and nymph.

From Brandon Maxwell, a ballerina-style bun transformed into a knot.

Brandon Maxwell: Supersonic Ballerina Bun

Maxwell’s whimsical, fluffy gowns were juxtaposed with simple, ballerina-style knot buns. Lead stylist Bob Recine slicked the hair back into a low, middle-parted ponytail and then twisted quarter-inch sections of hair in whatever which way they coiled and pinned them into a bun shape.

From designer Anna Sui, two models wearing spiked, cropped wigs-one in purple and one in light blue

Anna Sui: Technicolor Wigs

The Princess of Punk, Anna Sui, built a rainbow universe on her runway this week-sending out models in a zany blend of patterns and fabrics. However, the spiky cropped technicolor wigs stole the show. Pictures of Shirley MacLaine as Irma La Douce covered hairstylist Garren’s mood board backstage. He translated them into wigs in shocking shades of pink, lilac and periwinkle.

Michael Kors styled this model with her natural hair in an afro- a homage to 70s disco.

Michael Kors: 70’s Disco

Several shows paid homage to the glam of the 70’s disco fever, but Michael Kors fully embraced the decadence of disco. The glitzy collection was combined with voluminous hair, either with natural curls or afros, or adding Jerry Hall-style waves on a few models with straight hair. Orlando Pita accomplished this by weaving strands around large hair pins, pressing down on them with a flatiron, letting it set, and then brushing all the hair out.

Two models from Chromat's runway with dreadlocks. One model has flowers hanging from the ends and the other has a recycled plastic water bottle shaped into a flower hanging from the ends. This goes hand in hand with Chromat's theme of sustainability.

Chromat: Shocks of Neon

Staying true to Chromat designer Becca McCharen-Tran’s sustainability theme, lead hairstylist Kien Hoang gave several models cornrows that were sealed with recycled water bottle caps. Other models donned flowers, leaves, barrettes or plastic water bottles shaped into flowers.

From Christian Cowan's runway- one model has her face and arms covered in watches. Model Halina Aden wore a rhinestone hijab.

Christian Cowan: Bling Headgear

Studded and bejeweled hair (and faces) championed the “more is more” mantra. Beads, diamonds and glitter covered everything, from models’ foreheads to their braids. Cowan, who made the biggest case for embellishments, had a model’s entire face and arms covered in watches. Model Halina Aden’s rhinestone hijab has to be my favorite accessory.

Proenza Schouler slicked a model's hair back into a mullet.

Proenza Schouler: Slick Mullets

Lead stylist Fredric Fekkai created a polished “fresh out the shower look” for Porenza Schouler’s runway. Using his One Up, One to Hold, and One to Believe In, he coated the wet strands before pulling the hair back into a mullet.  

Rapper JZL the Empress had her hair in rainbow-colored braids styled into pigtails for Nicole Miller's show

Nicole Miller: Rainbow Braids

While other models came down Miller’s runway sporting their natural texture or preferred style of messy waves, springy curls, or a shaved head, rapper JZL the Empress wore her rainbow-color braids in pigtails and decorated them with beads. “The experience was amazing and her collection was energetically pleasing!! I loved the professional look she chose for me to mix with my playful vibes and colorz!” she wrote on Instagram. Is anyone else getting Lisa Frank vibes?

3.1 Phillip styled a model's hair into crimped curls.

3.1 Phillip Lim: Crimped Waves

This one is for my fellow 90’s babies: stylist Gary Gill blow-dried models’ hair with the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer, then braid the hair from root to end before applying a flat iron to the braid to create the perfect crimped curl. Unlike the horrifying crimped disaster of my youth, this was chic and unexpected.

From Area- one model is a crystal-mesh face mask and the other model has her hair in a ponytail with different colored strands of rhinestones woven through.

Area: Dripping in Crystals

Area-another designer who was in favor of “more is more.” Hairstylist Jawara took the trend to a whole other level with crystal-mesh headpieces and face masks that he placed over hair that had been slicked back into low ponytails with a tiny braid running down the center of the head. He even wove strands of twinkly stones through Bantu knots and rows of tight braids on a few other models. Bling is most definitely in!



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