The hair styles this season on the runway were elegant, modern and cool; however, some hair trends dropped the elegance and were more of a modern day interpretation of too-cool-for-school attitude. Designers and hairstylists took these looks beyond the norm and turned the hair into works of art.
Two styles that were described as “primal” and “jurassic” were created at Katie Gallagher and Ann Yee. Both these styles had the fohawk look but differed in their finish. At Katie Gallagher, the fohawk was created with a French twist that carried an intricate pattern on the top, finished with a soft halo of frizz. The look at Ann Yee was created by constructing a French braid starting at the nape of the neck and continuing in the middle of the head toward the top, where it was finished with a soft release of the hair in a textured coif.
Both these looks had an intricate design and gave off an effortless vibe. A little more difficult to achieve, these looks could be created with assistance by a second pair of hands. A great tip to keep the style cool: add texture to the loose pieces but keep the rest of the look mostly sleek.
At Donna Karan, Thakoon and Suzanne Rea the styles were classic with a modern, cool twist. A French twist skewed toward one side of the head was created at Donna Karan, which gave an update to the classic look. At Thakoon, Gilbert modernized a classic chignon by sweeping hair over the finished twist and then slightly destroying the sleekness. She also added shorter bangs to the front with the tips of the hair. The mid-height chignon at Suzanna Rae had a “poetic and rock ‘n’ roll” feel, as it was a style finished with some frizzed texture.
All these looks had a modern, updated twist on timeless styles. To get the hair: create the classic style and then remove strands or dishevel the smoothness of the hair. As long as you have a good base, destroying the look should feel and be effortless.
Another great look was at Rag & Bone. To complement the clothes that were filled with layers and different prints, the hair style evoked a cool and lived-in feel; the designers wanted the look to be as if the ladies had been traveling. It was created
with “soft, almost dreadlock-like, chunky pieces.” To create this look start with slightly dirty hair, or, if you can not bear that thought, work in wax products to create the feel of dirty hair. Then, twist a couple of sections and wrap up into a mess. Leave to “set” for a bit and then release to the effect of worn in hair.
The looks of the Fall/Winter Ready-to-Wear 2012 season had a wide variety, but these styles this season were by far some of the best.
– Yiannoula Choros
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