One of the quickest and easiest ways to enliven a tired wardrobe is with a dramatic hairstyle change. Use this guide for a little hair inspiration, straight from the autumn and winter catwalks to the high street.
Major trends from the autumn/winter 2012 shows
Whether glossy or mussed, loose waves were all the rage on the runways of Pucci, Rodarte, Versace and Anna Sui. To bring that classic old Hollywood glamour to one’s personal style, use large rollers or a wide-barrel curling wand; gently brush through the hair and secure with hairspray for a uniform wave that will hold all day.
For those with naturally curly or waved hair, simply spritz with spray gel and allow to air dry. A stylist specialising in London hair extensions can help add length for even more romantic waves.
Designers like Marc Jacobs, Elie Saab, Fendi and McQueen embraced the braid this season, with plenty of variations. Halo braids across the top of the head took the place of traditional bands, while cornrows and random multi-braid styles kept things edgy. To elevate the simple braid at home, don’t be afraid to experiment. Tight or loose, in pigtails or singles, straight down the back or pulled to the side – the versatility of the braid is endless.
Deep side partings
The middle parting has dominated the catwalks for a few seasons now, but deep side partings were all the rage at Pucci, Celine, Ferragamo and Jil Sander. To get this sophisticated style at home, part your hair to one side and smooth with gel for a glossy finish. Sweep hair into a low-slung ponytail or bun and accent with a bright lip or daring eye makeup to set off the look.
Bold, choppy fringe ruled the runways this season, from Marni to Versace to Giorgio Armani. The look is bold and confident, drawing attention to the eyes whether the fringe is left a bit dishevelled or smoothed with a large round brush and spray gel.
Shades of tangerine and auburn were seen in spades at many of the autumn and winter shows, including Viktor & Rolf, Dior, Versace, Bottega Veneta and Armani. Ginger is not for the faint-hearted, so professional intervention is recommended. A trained colourist can help match one’s complexion to the right red for a to-die-for look.
From classic accessories like hairnets and head scarves to iconic styles like the bouffant and the beehive, everything old was new again on the runways of Jean Paul Gaultier, Anna Sui, Derek Lam, Jason Wu, Dior, Chanel and Rodarte.
To add vintage volume to any style, tease hair and then backcomb for extra lift. Be generous with hairspray to finish the look.
Tidy ballerina buns walked the runways at Chanel and YSL, while designers like Louis Vuitton and Phillip Lim embraced a softer look. For a slick bun, smooth hair back and wrap the hair around the base of a ponytail, pinning the ends securely. To get a softer, more romantic look let your hair dry naturally and wrap around the base of a ponytail, pinning random ends.