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.
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.”
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: 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.
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.
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.
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: 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.
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.
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: 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.
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 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.
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!