Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is always an inspiring experience. This year’s Spring 2013 show was no different. I felt like I had severe ADD as I ran between shows and venues, surrounded by the most amazing, eclectic styles. Those in the audience provided as much inspiration as the the models strutting down the runway.
Although I loved the feminine, lacy, pastel gowns on the runways at such shows as Charlotte Ronson, Christian Siriano and Jill Stuart, my eye was drawn to the hairstyles. By the end of the weekend, some definite trends became evident. Here are a few of my favorites.
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Whether it was the delicate ballet-inspired hairstyles created by Aveda’s Antoinette Beenders at Christian Siriano or the messy curly bun of a beauty editor watching, the bun was a definite fashion statement. These weren’t chignons – pulled back tight and controlled at the nape. They were buns. Some were carefully pinned up and some were more haphazard. They were worn by old and young alike, those with curls and those with straight locks, men and women.
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For the Charlotte Ronson show, John Reyman wanted models to look like they just got out of bed. While it may be an idealized view of what just getting out of bed looks like, it was a sexy look. The look found its way onto a number of runways — from Rebecca Minkoff to Tess Gibberson — with different interpretations of bedhead.
Braids were in abundance — from delicate braids to big chunky fishtail braids. Even Victoria Beckham was photographed with a side braid. The nice thing was that it seemed to work with a wide spectrum of textures. For those of us with longer wavy, curly and coily hair, braids add a fun option when you want a different look.
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4. Headbands and Turbans
Beautiful Textures winner Kala Garner wore big bold headbands with a bun. At the Prism sunglass show, swimsuit-clad models strutted atop the Standard Hotel wearing wide, bold headbands and turbans pulled down to the hairline. Tanya Taylor paired her summery looks with turbans in springy prints. At many shows, audience members wore thin metallic headbands, their hair pulled back into a bun. There are so many options and they all work with texture.
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At many shows in the past, there seemed to be a one-size-fits-all approach. All models had stick straight center-parted hair or waves, no matter what their natural texture was. One of my favorite moments was when I was backstage at Walter Baker and noticed that while many of the models were getting long, straight blonde extensions, one Type 4 model sported a big luscious afro. Another, who was transitioning, got a sexy textured look. TIGI stylist Nick Irwin said that with such beautiful texture, he wanted to work with it rather turning it into something it wasn’t. This same attitude could be seen at every show, where I saw every possible texture and style.