There was something in the air at this season's New York Fashion Week, and not just the gray clouds blanketing the skyline and dense humidity forcing showgoers and editors like myself to wear our hair back. This season, we saw more diversity, more vivid pops of color, more risks—more, more, more. As senior editor Hallie Gould notes, "Maximalism is back, and we couldn't be more onboard."
As intrinsically fresh as dewy skin and barely-styled hair are, what's even more refreshing is a shift from "naked" beauty into a world of whirling neon color, audacious graphic lines, and boundary-pushing hairstyles that require a bit more effort. Though perhaps more time consuming, "more is more" beauty celebrates personality. We've shared the beautifully extreme makeup looks we saw backstage, and below, we're focusing on the hair looks that left us breathless…
The obvious overarching trend at NYFW S/S 19 was "half-wet hair," a term coined by Tresemmé global stylist Justine Marjan. At Hellessy, models' natural wavy texture was enhanced with either a GHD curling iron and sugar water, or prepped with Botanique Nourish + Replenish Hydration Mask Sachet before being wrapped around a pencil or makeup brush.
Hairstylist Guido Palau wanted to emulate a coming together of both the uptown and downtown girl by creating "natural edge with a little softness," he told editors backstage at Tory Burch S/S 19. He used Redken Full Frame 07 All-Over Volumizing Mousse to slick the front of the hair back while leaving the rest dry and natural.
Similarly, models at Badgley Mischka S/S 19 wore half-slicked strands with a headband, giving off modern yet '60s-influenced vibes.
Over at Calvin Klein S/S 19, Palau mirrored the Jaws theme of the collection with dripping-wet hair; it was like the models just emerged from a dip in the ocean.
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Mansur Gavriel F/W 19 was dripping with delicate daisies secured with lash glue all along the backside of each models' hair. "Everything looks natural and effortless, but it's extremely calculated; we study every single girl down to each individual strand of hair," explains Bumble and Bumble's global fashion director, Laurent Philippon.
Rodarte brought the romance with small buds and oversize rose blooms intertwined throughout soft, loose cascading waves or within a model's natural hair.
While dying one's hair for a singular quick trot down the runway sounds a bit… committal, to say the least, Redken global color creative director Josh Woods was set on creating a "color revolution" at Marc Jacobs S/S 19. In fact, so many models were willing to dye (and even chop) their hair that the team had more volunteers than it needed. The overall look was bright and monochrome, with the hair color matching the exaggerated eye shadow.
The Savage x Fenty F/W 18 show almost perfectly mirrored Jacobs's electric glamour, with some models receiving a similar neon monochrome moment, though with the addition of iridescent watercolor draping.
Marjan created low knotted ponytails for Alice + Olivia S/S 19, with some models receiving a highlighter green–dyed hidden crown clip-in to emulate the "wonderland" theme.
Messy chignons placed right near the hairline were also spotted on the runways this season. At Anna Sui S/S 19, this was deemed a "rockabilly half-up" look. R+Co co-founder Garren chose not to brush or comb the hair, only backcombing the half ponytail to encourage matted texture before forming the bun.
Models at Area S/S 19 wore a similar style—a sky-high ponytail looped at the top and straightened throughout the long lengths.
Up next: 8 stunning fashion week manicures.