Published on August 2nd, 2013 | by beauty international


Top 4 Hair Trends from the Autumn Winter 2013 Catwalks

There were plenty of jaw-dropping, Instagram-snapping hair moments at the autumn and winter 2013-14 catwalk shows and presentations: Sophia Webster’s My Little Pony-inspired multi-coloured unicorn hair, Fendi’s fox-fur faux-hawks and Givenchy’s curled, pinned and coloured shower cap-esque heads of roses are just a few that come to mind.

But amidst all the colour, lacquer and gravity-defying feats of spectacle there were some definite trends, as well as everyday, wearable styles, that shone through. Here’s our pick of the top four trends for the upcoming season:

The Cinematic Femme Fatale

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Alfred Hitchcock’s female stars always seem to provide rich fodder for the moodboards of fashion designers, hair stylists and makeup artists. Tippi Hedren’s voluminous chignon provided inspiration for the stylists at Loewe and at Paul Costelloe, where lead stylist Tim Furssendonn created beehive quiffs with messy plaits at the back. At Badgley Mischka too, the sleek yet tousled chignons had more than an air of Tippi - perhaps after she had been attacked in The Birds.

Dolce & Gabbana turned to a slightly different, yet just as glamorous, cinematic inspiration: Sophia Loren with her groomed brows, eyeliner and easy up-dos. The hair stylists created an elegant deconstructed bun, with shiny hair pinned up into half-bun-half-knot styles.


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Fringes were a big hit all over the autumn winter 2013 runways, but many of the styles were created by using wigs, clip-in fringes or manipulating - not cutting - the models’ own hair. At Emilio Pucci full 60s-style fringes were in evidence; hair stylist Luigi Murenu gave slight waves and highlights to his fake fringes to create a natural, carefree feel.

Hair stylist Paul Hanlon created wet, weathered and matted hair for Marni, his extra-low side partings created half-fringes. A similar effect was seen at Rag & Bone; the hair swept over the forehead resulted in a kind of combover, lending a masculine, tomboyish feel.

The choppy, rock ‘n’ roll styles seen at Marc Jacobs were inspired by the grunge girls of the 90s, by Edie Campbell, Joan Jett and Marianne Faithful. The wigs were custom cut and styled for each model, being given punk pixie crops and choppy side fringes.

Slicked Back

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The slicked back styles seen at Gucci, Missoni and Kenneth Cole were an evolution of the dual-textured trend seen on the spring/summer 2013 runways. At Missoni, hair stylist Eugene Souleiman created multi-dimensional hair with a series of ponytails stacked on top of one another - the effect was tight, glossy and slicked back from the front, whilst messy, textured and free from the side and back.

Luigi Murenu for Gucci and Didier Malige for Kenneth Cole both created very straight, sleek and glossy looks. Murenu ironed hair to a pin-straight finish, giving a high-gloss shine, while Maligo straightened hair, created a centre parting and then slicked it back over the top; sleek, graphic hairstyles to bring out strong facial features.

Low Ponytail

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Low ponytails were another popular trend, seen on an array of designers’ catwalks. The look at Chloé was an unusual departure from the quintessential Chloé style, stronger and more masculine than might be expected. Hair was divided into a deep side parting and secured into a low ponytail at the nape of the neck. The overall appearance was immaculate, with no hair out of place: a truly modern and polished style. Guido Palau was the hair stylist of choice at Alexander Wang and Jil Sander: for both designers he created long extension-aided ponytails. At Alexander Wang, simple slicked-back ponytails were meant to remove any trace of personality from the models’ faces; they all had a long, straight copper ponytail attached to their own hair. At Jil Sander too, the result was uniformity. Here, colour-matched extensions were added so that all the models’ ponytails were exactly the same length; the texture was super glossy, almost wet, resulting in a simple and minimal look that contrasted with the matte fabrics used in the collection.

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