This Is by Far the Biggest Hair Trend at NYFW

Updated 02/13/18

Traditional catwalks are so passé during fashion month—instead, designers push boundaries with unexpected venues (high school pools! The streets of Brooklyn!) or if you're Alexander Wang, a corporate office. Lit by fluorescent bulbs and decked out in gray, cubicle-style textiles, the fall/winter 2018 Wang runway drew inspiration from '80s power women. But perhaps one of the most unifying elements of the theme was the banana clip placed in the models' hair.

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As soon as images surfaced of the slicked back 'do and accompanying claw clips, social media was abuzz with captions musing that Wang "brought the '90s back" (millennials fondly recall days of hair securely fastened with this accessory). And, as it turns out,  '90s glam was the reverberant hair theme at New York Fashion Week.

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Remember these babies? Stretch combs were all the rage in the '90s, and an accurate representation of "beauty equals pain" (remember how sore your scalp would be at the end of the day?). At Prabal Gurung F/W 18, '90s nostalgia was even further cemented with a paired messy bun. 

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Tresemmé NYFW Stylist, Holli Smith created "faux fringe" at Jason Wu by pinching the hair at the crown and clipping the front pieces in place, waiting to release until just before the models walked. The sharp part and slightly bent hair feel very '90s grunge-adjacent.

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Moving along to Libertine, hair was worked with a triple-barrel weaver (say that five times fast) for an elevated '90s crimp.

As with most trends, they're informed by history and recycled and reinvented several times over. "I love the way that something is reintroduced into fashion and we look at it again in a different way," stylist Guido Palau tells Elle. "That's been happening for a while now—things that were considered not cool or a bit off can be rejigged again." With scrunchies having a moment last season and a strong '90s resurgence so far this week, we're on our toes for the next accessory debut (hair bobbles, anyone?).

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