From Sam McKnight’s ‘old fashioned’ wet look to Dua Lipa’s iconic bob… 2018 was most definitely one for the (hair) books. Check out our top mane-moments to emerge from this year.
RENYA XYDIS X ROMANCE WAS BORN @ MBFWA
Setting our hearts and minds ablaze this MBFWA was none other than Lady Renya Xydis, who curated a string of lavish, glitter-clad hair looks for this year’s anticipated Romance was Born Resort show. (Check out the highlights here).
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NICK IRWIN X RANKIN
Speaking of setting ablaze… long time collaborators Nick Irwin and Rankin teamed up for this epic shoot of fiery proportions. “Rankin and I both feel we have never seen anything like it done before, which is really important to us,” Irwin told The Journal.
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GUIDO PALAU X VALENTINO @ PCW
Proving bigger is (almost) always better, Guido Palau styled this voluminous hair look for Valentino Couture AW18; augmenting silhouettes with artfully applied extensions. “The big hair was inspired by extravagance,” said Palau. “It’s fantasy hair that women dream about.”
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LILY COLLINS @ THE MET GALA
2018’s ‘Heavenly Bodies’ themed Met Gala brought a host of heavenly hair ‘dos, including this intricate number donned by actress Lily Collins. Created by celeb hair stylist Gregory Russell, Lily’s uber-slicked-back, braided up-do was finished with a sky-high, Lady Liberty style crown.
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EMRATA X KERASTASE
With her out-of-this-world beauty and sultry stare, model slash actress Emily Ratajkowski was the perfect choice to front luxury hair brand Kérastase; the pair announcing their acquaintance in January of this year. Making the news that bit sweeter was this shot by powerhouse duo Inez & Vinoodh, showcasing Em in all her goddess glory.
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JULIEN D'YS X COMME DES GARCONS, HOMME PLUS
Never one to shy from drama, French hair artisan Julien D’Ys transformed models into life-size ken dolls for this season’s Comme des Garçons homme show, moulding bespoke, resin hair-pieces and artfully affixing them to models’ heads. Genius.
Image via instagram.com/commedesgarcons
DUFFY X ALEXANDER WANG, PRE-FALL
W is for WANG, don’t you know? And for the celebrated designer’s most recent Pre-Fall offering, AW teamed up with hair genius Duffy to create this unique embossed insignia to accent models’ tresses. This is everything.
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XPRESION CREATIVOS GO TARTAN
Renowned for their x-pressive hair artistry and pixel creations, Spanish trio X-presion Creativos sent the social sphere into a spin, with this detailed tartan rendering shared to their 99k followers. This takes the print blocking trend to a whole new level.
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MEGHAN MARKLE'S ROYAL CHIGNON
Since her whirlwind ascent into royal-dom, Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle has most definitely upped her hair game, sporting one sartorially sound hair look after the other. For her 2018 wedding to Prince Harry, the former Suits star did not disappoint, sweeping her glossy, dark brown waves into this elegant chignon.
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2018 will (among other things) be remembered as the year BELLA GOT BANGS. Taking cues from her 60’s predecessors, the statuesque supermodel-in-training stepped out with this wispy, brow-sweeping fringe, accenting her trademark crystal blue peepers and porcelain features.
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ODILE GILBERT X JEAN-PAUL GAULTIER @ PCW
Cindy Lou Who meets Picassan installation. This look is by no means for the faint of heart… but Odile Gilbert pulls it off with characteristic panache. But of course.
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RENYA XYDIS X LOVE IS IN THE HAIR
‘Learn, live, love colourfully’: the mantra for The Journal’s aptly colourful Issue 2 cover shoot with the phenomenal Renya Xydis and Wella Professionals team. (View the full editorial here.) Undoubtedly one of our favourite covers to date.
‘The New Black’ featured in Issue 2/18 of The Journal // Shot by Tim Ashton
SAM MCKNIGHT X ASHISH @ LFW
To achieve the ultimate wet look for Ashish SS19, Hair Director Sam McKnight took an ‘old fashioned’ route, dousing models’ hair with bucket-loads of water (and glycerin) a mere moments before show time. (Don’t believe us? Check out this BTS snap).
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DUA DOES IT
Since making the chop in April of this year, songstress Dua Lipa has more than made a case for the humble bob, alternating pin straight locks, textured waves and slick-backs, with a wig or two for good measure. Hotter than hell.
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EUGENE SOULEIMAN X MAISON MARGIELA
There’s no doubt when Monsiers Souleiman and Galliano unite – magic ensues. One such instance of exquisite, painterly madness: the pair’s Jan ’18 campaign collab as documented via a series of awe inspiring posts across Eugene’s insta-feed. A stroke of liquid genius.
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