Backstage beauty: Hair trends at New York Fashion Week for fall

Feb 13 2012 by
Categories : Beauty

It’s been a busy few days at NYFW and already some key
hair trends are starting to emerge for fall. One of the most interesting ones is a return to
super straight, flat hair – usually with a dramatic centre parting.  The ’90s are clearly back, but without the grunge and the recession! Oh, no. Wait, scratch that. Well, at the very least, the sleek, pin-straight styles that caused hair straightener sales to fly through the roof are back.

Backstage at Alexander Wang. Image courtesy of Nicole Comeau.

So far, the look has emerged at Prabal Gurung, where Paul Hanlon (working for TIGI) added extensions to create his piecey, slick look (
seriously, look at this hair!), Victoria Beckham, where Guido Palau (for Redken) created a glossy, “uptown, rich girl” style, and at one of my favourite shows — Alexander Wang — Palau (again, using Redken products) added
hair extensions to the models so that hair could have a clean line cut straight across the bottom. It looked like classic Wang to me — modern and minimal with an edge.

Hair gets major teasing backstage at Derek Lam. Image courtesy of Nicole Comeau.

At the opposite end of the scale, hair has also been getting the backcombing treatment too. I heard several editors backstage murmur sighs of approval at Derek Lam, where Orlando Pita (working for Phyto and T3) teased models’ hair into sophisticated but accessible coiffs. Yesterday at Thakoon, I was blown away by the incredible feat of craftsmanship shown by Odile Gilbert (for Kerastase), who worked from a brief of “a modern Audrey Hepburn” and made updos that included faux bangs created from the crown of the head and
a thick, voluminous French roll in the back. The look at both shows was stunning, but spare a thought for the poor models’ hair. My keratin was cringing on their behalf watching the frenzied teasing and back combing going on backstage. Worth it? You tell me.
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