From the sleek and chic to the outrageous and untamed, the A/W 19 NYFW runways showcased an array of fresh styles for every mood. The good news: Most looks can be easily translated from the catwalk to the cubicle—and everywhere in between. Check out the top runway styles that we predict will be major trends in the year ahead.
The Look: Brazen Braids
Cool cornrows, intricate Dutch and playful pigtail braids looked equal parts modern and playful on the runways. But it wasn’t just the edgy braiding techniques that commanded attention—many looks featured tiny but bold details that stole the show. Case in point: The rainbow shades and colorful beads spotted at Nicole Miller and the hair ties crafted from plastic water bottle caps at Chromat. Though we don’t recommend using recyclables on your locks, you can mimic the look with colorful hair elastics.
The Look: Rainbow Bright
From pink to green to coral, electric shades illuminated the runway. Neon eyeshadow popped on models’ lids at Carolina Herrera and Chromat, while bright lime green tips served as the surprising counterpart to models’ crystallized headwear at Christian Cowan. For a wearable take on the trend, opt for a bold lip or a colored eyeliner.
The Look: (Low) Pony Express
It’s officially time to say goodbye to the Ariana Grande-inspired ponytails of seasons past—this year, it’s all about the low ponytail. At Cushnie, sleek ponytails played a lead role, while voluminous styles stole the spotlight at Badgley Mischka. Our favorite? The chic, brushed-back ponytails at Dion Lee, which offered major “workday-to-happy hour” vibes.
The Look: Bling Ring
Crystals, rhinestones and chains flashed up and down the runways—and we’re definitely not complaining! At Christian Siriano, models sported low ponytails with silver chain accents, blinged-out tips and colorful facial gems, while crystalized headwear reigned supreme at Area and Christian Cowan. Try your hand at the look with a rhinestone headband or embellished barrettes.
The Look: All Tied Up
Oscar de la Renta
Tiny hair accessories made a major impact on the runway, ranging from romantic satin ribbons at Oscar de la Renta to patterned scarves at Veronica Beard to cutesy printed bows seen at Anna Sui. The delicate details added a flirty, feminine touch to the otherwise simplistic styles—giving women everywhere the green light to borrow their daughter’s ribbons and bows!
The Look: ’70s texture
Funky fros and crimped texture delivered a dose of retro flair to the catwalk. At Michael Kors and Christian Cowan, mega volume played a key role, while the textured strands at Phillip Lim read more modern and tamed. Eager to mimic the must-have wave pattern? Break out that old-school crimping iron, or, create two French braids and leave them in overnight. Take the braids out and brush your hair in the morning for Studio 54-esque texture sans heat.
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