Timeless Runway Hairstyles & How You Can Perfect Them
Every season, the runway offers a stage to showcase new, innovative fashion and beauty trends, which range from chic to shocking. Some outlandish looks will have a fleeting moment on the catwalk, while others will reign on the street style scene for a brief period. But, the best of them will become timeless staples. Every season when I watch the shows, I identify the looks with the most potential to stick. Ahead, the five most enduring hairstyles seen on the spring 2015 runways — and tips for recreating them.
The sleek ponytail is a classic. Simple and chic, the tightly pulled-back pony is a polished version of the playful beauty staple, and anyone can pull it off. Continually revisited and modernized, different iterations of the hairstyle are featured every season without fail. This year, Jason Wu showed a slicked-back pony with Old Hollywood waves: To get this glamorous look, tease the underside and curl big, wide sections. Carolina Herrera opted for a sculptural, origami-esque version. And, the Gucci girl channeled ‘70s glam with a subtle tease.
Ponytails are all about proportion and clean lines. For a sleek style, prep hair with a thickening mousse before straightening it. Once it’s perfectly straight, pull strands into a tight, controlled style. For medium-length hair, feel free to add extensions in order to make it appear longer and thicker. The placement and the part are two key elements: You could place the pony low, medium, or high on your head; and part in the center, side, or go sans part. Each look will offer a different result — high ponies tend to look fierce and free-spirited; low ponies have an elegant, and sometimes edgy, appeal; and the mid-pony leans conservative.
This season, the bigger the braid, the better. From Donna Karan’s rope braid and Suno’s herringbone, to the perfectly distressed tresses at Michael Kors and Mara Hoffman, braids were all over the spring 2015 runways. The trend this season was leaving a surprising amount of hair out for that undone, textured appearance.
To create this messy, chic braid, prep hair with a volumizer and salt spray for thick texture. Pulling out pieces of hair will help create a distressed look, almost hiding the braid completely for the ultimate disheveled glam.
Soft bombshell waves will always be a go-to look, ranging from sexy and voluminous to more tempered. The spring 2015 runways featured plenty of them, like Matthew Williamson’s glamorously blown-out strands, ’70s waves at Jenny Packham, and Brigitte Bardot-bounce at DVF. In each case, the amped-up look was stunning, striking, and totally sumptuous.
To get it, try using curlers instead of an iron. Apply rollers on three sections: one in the front going back and one on each side going down. Remember: The smaller the roller, the tighter the curl. Finish by flipping your head over, shaking your hair out, and spritzing on some hairspray.
Short hair has always been in vogue, but the styles and looks have evolved dramatically over the years. From the coiffed and polished ’50s and ’60s shapes to the jagged edges of the ’90s, the style transitions from classic to cool every season. For spring 2015, Marc Jacobs went for a punky, Joey Ramone-inspired bob. Models wore jet-black, choppy wigs framed by rows of thick bangs. Slightly softer than the typical Marc Jacobs tough-girl style, the messy-chic bob is an enduring, timeless look.
Easy to create, the style looks best on straight or wavy hair with very few layers. For straight styles, use Kérastase Elixir Ultime oil. For an effortless, beachy appearance, opt for V.I.P. Dry Volumizing and Texturizing Spray, also by Kérastase.
The perfectly undone tousle has always been a go-to hairstyle, but it’s having another major moment — with a sleek center part amid the organized chaos of a chic bedhead. Exemplified by Christopher Kane’s simple strands and Alberta Ferretti’s boho tousle, the barely-touched ‘do made its way from New York to Paris this season. Reem Acra opted for the zero-volume approach with a side-parted, wet look in the front leading into an effortless, air-dried back. A texture spray will help you achieve the undone finish.
It can be fun to experiment with different hairstyles, and the good thing about these spring 2015 runway looks is that each one is temporary: You can wear a sleek pony one day and a perfectly undone tousle the next.