NYFW: HAIR HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE FW20 RUNWAYS (PART ONE)

For those of the sartorial persuasion, the arrival of February can only signal one thing: Fashion Month. Kicking off with our friends in the big apple, this season’s Fall/Winter offering was every bit the week-long fashion soiree… as models, stylists and members of the it-crowd brought their signature magnetism to the streets of NYC. Backstage, our hairdressing heavyweights were on hand to sprinkle ample lashings of stardust, ensuring each show’s representatives were suitably runway ready. Here’s our favourite hair moments to have emerged thus far.

JASON WU X ODILE GILBERT

Your favourite school girl staple gets an uber-sleek millenial upgrade. For this season’s Jason Wu show, hair artisan Odile Gilbert swept models’ hair into snatched ponytails before knotting grouped hair into tight plaits. Hair was neatly side parted before which a front section was twisted into a subtle pompadour.

PROENZA SCHOULER X GUIDO PALAU

“We were inspired by strong, sexy, tough women of the 90s,” said Hair Director for Proenza Schouler, Guido Palau. “I wanted it to look like the models had just gotten out of the shower and combed their hair back almost effortlessly, but of course at a show, we can’t have the models walking around with wet hair on the clothes… so this recreates that feeling.”

AREA X JAWARA

After setting the glam stakes sky high last season, dream duo Jawara and Area collaborated once again to create yet another eye catching hair look. This time, Jawara opted to keep hair smooth and straight… with a noticeable difference. Hair was middle parted and wrapped around models’ necks, and either left au natural (like so) or ornamented with crystals.

BROCK COLLECTION X JAMES PECIS

For this season’s Brock Collection show, Hair Director James Pecis kept things pared back, creating a simple and sleek chignon that was cinched towards the base of models’ heads. To complete the look, models’ heads (and faces) were elegantly wrapped in sheer organza, artfully adorned with motifs from the collections’ garments.

BADGLEY MISCHKA X PETER GRAY

The humble top knot once again proves it’s eternal relevance. This time, making an appearance at this season’s Badgley Mischka show. Hair was tightly slicked into high ponytails (notice a trend here?) before which Hair Director Peter Gray twisted grouped hair into knots – leaving the end sections flayed.

CHRISTOPHER JOHN ROGERS X NAEEMAH LAFOND

At Christopher John Rogers, Hair Director Naeemah Lafond made all our high hair dreams manifest, creating this textured look across the show’s model cast.

CHRISTIAN SIRIANO X JUSTINE MARJAN

Sporty Spice meets My Little Pony. Hair Director Justine Marjan curated this striking look for Christian Siriano, pulling models’ hair into smooth, cascading ponytails. The kicker? Strands of brightly hued extensions were incorporated into each ponytail for added appeal.

DION LEE X EUGENE SOULEIMAN

Eugene strikes yet again. The look for Dion Lee? Smoothed down hair with (you guessed it) a twist. Hair was first middle parted before which front sections were tightly micro braided all the way down to models’ ears. Loose hair was next either pinned into low ponytails or left natural.

ANNA SUI X GARREN

Gothic vamp with a rockabilly twist. Brainchild of Anna Sui and R+Co founder Garren, this look channeled 1940s glam, with a highly textured pompadour that craned across models’ foreheads.

TORY BURCH X GUIDO PALAU

Soft texture, with a subtle difference. “The hair at Tory Burch was little 70s and a little Victorian,” shared Hair Director Guido Palau. “To create the twist, I center-parted the hair and a pulled a small section on either side back that I’ve secured with an elastic. Then, I flip the secured sections over to create the twist, and then used an iron just to create a little bit of a bend in the lengths.”