Yet another fashion month has come and gone, and, although we may need to wait a few more months before we can don the brightly colored creations designers unveiled on the Spring/Summer 2020 runways, there’s no need to put the catwalk’s hottest hairstyles on hold. Check out four trends to put on your radar.
The Trend: Flower Power
Spotted at: Prabal Gurung, Alice & Olivia
Runway: Ethereal headpieces added enchanted whimsy to models’ locks on the catwalk. At Alice & Olivia, A-list stylist Justine Marjan and her team accented models’ boho waves and tiny braids with delicate lavender stems. At Prabal Gurung, blooms adopted a bolder approach: Models sported oversized flower bouquets atop their heads, essentially putting every Coachella floral crown to shame.
Reality: Unfortunately, donning fresh flowers in your hair on an everyday basis just isn’t practical for most women. If you’re still yearning to channel your inner flower child, simply throw on a delicate floral headband or a flower barrette or hair clip.
The Trend: Slick Braids
Spotted at: Self Portrait, Christian Siriano, Ulla Johnson
Runway: It’s officially time to put messy braids on standby—-sleek plaits reigned supreme on the runway this season. The year’s top contenders? Glossy, mile-long horsetail braids at Self Portrait, prim and proper plaits at Ulla Johnson and snatched “Gigi braids” at Christian Siriano.
Reality: Welcome to what may be the easiest trend to recreate, whether you want to look chic at the office or sexy for a night out. The key to the style? Clean, slicked-down edges and glossy, mirror-like shine.
The Trend: Wrap It Up
Spotted at: Jonathan Cohen, Rag & Bone, Kate Spade
Runway: Braids also made headway at Jonathan Cohen, but the haute handiwork wasn’t the main focus. Rather, the colorful headscarves woven throughout each summery plait commanded the most attention. Similarly, headscarves served as the perfect finishing touch at both Kate Spade and Rag & Bone.
Reality: To mimic the chic braided look a la Jonathan Cohen, create a low ponytail and secure it with a hair elastic, then tie a scarf in a knot around the base of the ponytail. Create a standard three-strand braid, using the fabric as part of the braid itself, then secure the hair and the fabric using a clear hair elastic. Gently pull the braid apart to add thickness and finish with hairspray.
The Trend: ‘80s Baby
Spotted at: Jeremy Scott, Tory Burch, Tom Ford, Maryam Nassir Zadeh
Runway: Perhaps call it the “Stranger Things” effect, but a return to the ‘80s is on the rise. At Jeremy Scott, top models debuted brightly colored, “Jem And The Hologram”-inspired wigs, while the comb clip-adorned waves at Tory Burch paid ladylike homage to Princess Di. Similarly, crimped, punk rock crops reigned supreme at Tom Ford while large ruffled scrunchies had a moment at Maryam Nassir Zadeh.
Reality: Though we don’t suggest donning a pastel wig or a sky-high mullet to the office, you can lend a nod to the decade in subtle ways. Pump up a ponytail with a little backcombing, try creating “modern crimps” in your hair using a flat iron or brush your bangs back and secure them with a comb clip or embellished barrette.