The 8 Hottest New Fall Hair Ideas
Where we saw it: Michael Kors, Gianfranco Ferre, Yves Saint Laurent
The done-but-undone low knot at Michael Kors was about "sporty American royalty couples," said hairstylist Orlando Pita. "Maybe Clark Gable and Carole Lombard or JFK Jr. and Carolyn Bessette." First, he blew the hair out straight. Then, using a rattail comb, he created a side part and, working from the bottom up, teased all the hair, going section by section in the back and along the sides for roughed-up texture. Next, he raked all the hair down low at the nape of the neck and secured it with an elastic, then tied a knot with the tail, leaving the ends hanging out.
Where we saw it: Chanel, Jason Wu, Dior
While everyone was focused on the sequined eyebrows (handmade by Lesage, Chanel's embroiderer; it took nearly three hours to complete each one), we couldn't take our eyes off hairstylist Sam McKnight's long, stick-straight ponytails, which extended nearly to the models' rear ends and added a nice vertical contrast to the sharply horizontal brows. Making them look all the more chic? Instead of an elastic, each ponytail was wrapped with a section of hair.
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Where we saw it: Dolce and Gabbana
Madonna was the inspiration for the gorgeously accessorized buns at this show. Not the Material Girl—the actual Madonna. "There was a woman before Madonna [the singer]," explained hairstylist Guido. "The clothes are inspired by that religious iconography." The stylist pulled the hair over the ears and gathered it into a semi-tight ponytail. Then he applied Redken All Soft Argan-6 oil to add shine before pinning the ponytail in a flat knot. He finished the updo by adding an embellished headband or barrette (some with pearls, rhinestones, or ornate flowers) that complemented the model's clothing.
Where we saw it: Gucci
"It's darkly romantic," said hairstylist Luigi Murenu of the sophisticated but simple half-up style. He prepped models' hair with volumizing spray and made a middle part before using a one-inch curling iron to add waves. He then took two-inch sections from both sides of the part, twirled them away from the face, and secured them in the back of the head with a black crystal-studded clip.
Where we saw it: Versace
"Donatella wanted the girls to look supercool, supermodern, but still represent that Versace rocker kind of girl," said Guido. To get that tough-girl vibe (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo was a reference), he sprayed Redken Wool Shake 08 Gel-Slush Texturizer on damp hair and rough-dried it with his fingers. Then fake bangs were clipped in and cut straight across so they hit the middle of the forehead. ("Fake bangs are a great thing. You can have your hairdresser cut them to suit your face shape," Guido said.)
Where we saw it: Prada, Jean Paul Gaultier
Guido clipped in colored extensions (in platinum blonde, red, or black) to create what Miuccia Prada called a "virtual princess" look. First, he used Redken Thickening Lotion 06 Body Builder and blow-dried the hair away from the face, then added Redken Hardwear 16 Super Strong Styling Gel in the front so it stayed back. After clipping in the extensions, he used a heat protectant and ironed the hair totally straight, leaving the ends free. To get the dip-dyed effect, "I just went with what would be the most impactful next to the girl's own hair color," Guido said.
Where we saw it: Rachel Zoe
For Zoe's rock-and-roll girl-inspired show, there could be no more appropriate look than this unfussy but sexy single-braid look, which added a rich-hippie vibe underneath Zoe's floppy hats and faux-fur toppers. And it couldn't have been easier to create: After each model's hair was roughly blown dry and brushed semi-straight, hairstylist Odile Gilbert added a one-inch braid down the right side of the head, finishing it off with a liberal shot of hair spray.
Where we saw it: Calvin Klein
The models at this show looked as though their locks had been shellacked with, well, actual shellac. Fortunately, however, the mirrorlike effect was achieved with gel—lots and lots and lots of gel. Hairstylist Guido applied it by the palmful to each model's hair, made a deep side part, then gathered the ends into a low ponytail. A generous spritz of shine serum added a highly reflective finish.