Braided hair was all over the runway at Marc by Marc Jacobs and Etro. Etro models donned more intricate braided styles, such as fishtail braids and partial up-do’s with braids, while Marc by Marc Jacobs models sported simple two-braid looks. Whether you are looking to dress yourself up or down, you can achieve either with the braid. Try a fishtail off to the side, accessorizing with a headband, or go ultra sleek and pull wet hair back into a tight pony, securing with elastic and braiding the ponytail.
Bland schoolgirl ponytails were nowhere to be seen on the runways of Chanel and Fendi. Instead, this hairstyle, reminiscent of playground days, was modernized and accessorized, appealing to a more mature crowd. Fendi got fancy with us, crisscrossing sections of hair before pulling it back. This type of look can be achieved even off the runway and would be perfect for a Friday, taking you effortlessly from boardroom meetings to sunset cocktails. On the other hand, Chanel kept things simple but added their own twist; the Chanel stylists opted to add in large pieces of torn fabric that complimented the clothing. Get the same look by purchasing a half yard of fabric of your choice and either rough cutting or tearing the fabric, layering it into your pony.
It looks like designers such as Cavalli, Diane Von Furstenberg and Jean Paul Gaultier looked to the ballet for inspiration for their fall 2014 runways. Orlando Pita, who created the hairstyles for the Diane Von Furstenberg runway was overheard saying that he was looking for a more undone version of the ballet bun. You can get the same look by prepping hair with a texturizing product like Spray a Porter by Kerastase and then pulling hair into a high pony. Twist hair from the base of your pony to the ends and then wrap the twisted strands around the base of your ponytail, securing with a bobby pin. Allow loose ends to flip here or there; it adds to the “undone” feel of the style.
Go vintage like models on the catwalks of Versace and Nina Ricci. Versace hair stylists worked a modern twist on the retro look by flat-ironing hair stick straight before adding volume via tons of teasing. Nina Ricci runway models went for more of an elegant retro flair, wearing styles that were pulled up a la a modern Jackie-O. Get your own retro look by taking time to tease your hair. Use a product meant for volume like Big Sexy Hair What a Tease Backcomb in a Bottle. Spray on, tease away, and then use a soft bristled brush to smooth over just the top layer of hair, leaving a lifted base underneath. Add a pair of oversized cat-eyed sunglasses to complete the look.
Published in the Fall 2014 issue of Runway.