New York S/S ’11: Ditch your brush, embrace the frizz and part your hair straight down the middle

New York S/S '11 hair

One of my all-time favourite beauty quotes is from Calvin Klein: “The best thing is to look natural, but it takes makeup to look natural.” A LOT of makeup, I might add.

And you better believe that the same goes for hair. You know that textured, disheveled, slightly frizzy look that’s been popular lately? Well, according to the Powers that Be that dictate the trends at New York Fashion Week, it’s still in style… BIG TIME.

Just be prepared: you’ll probably need to spend a lot of time styling, teasing, and applying products in order to look like you just rolled out of bed.

(Sorry. I didn’t say beauty always made sense.)

Another trend that’s resurfacing in a major way (as it always does every few seasons) is the centre part. Look and learn, ladies…

Here is perhaps my favourite look of all, from Custo Barcelona:

CUSTO BARCELONA SPRING RTW 2011 BEAUTY 004 runway New York S/S 11: Ditch your brush, embrace the frizz and part your hair straight down the middle

It’s definitely got texture, but not so much that you’re going to get asked if you own a hairbrush. There’s some gentle teasing around the crown to get a bit of height, and the rest of the hair is just rocking a hint of natural frizz—as if she air-dried it without putting in any products. Easy peasy.

However, if even that’s too much for you, then the clean, natural hair at Tommy Hilfiger should be up your alley:

TOMMY HILFIGER SPRING RTW 2011 BEAUTY 023 runway New York S/S 11: Ditch your brush, embrace the frizz and part your hair straight down the middle

To me, this looks like a Regular Person Blow-Dry—with no products, nothing. Just swingy, healthy-looking, not-too-perfect hair. We can do this!

Along the same lines: the hair at Charlotte Ronson, which features braids that peek out from the under-layers:

CHARLOTTE RONSON SPRING RTW 2011 BEAUTY 009 runway New York S/S 11: Ditch your brush, embrace the frizz and part your hair straight down the middle

Peter Som featured a more gritty, piecey texture—but unless your hair is naturally wavy, achieving this will be a bit more work:

PETER SOM SPRING 2011 RTW BEAUTY 002 runway New York S/S 11: Ditch your brush, embrace the frizz and part your hair straight down the middle

You know the drill: loose, dropped-out curls with a curling iron, then lots of texturizing products to mess ‘em up and make it look like you were born that way.

Ignoring the ghostly makeup for a second, I REALLY dig the hair at Cushnie et Ochs:

CUSHNIE ET OCHS SPRING RTW 2011 BEAUTY 014 runway New York S/S 11: Ditch your brush, embrace the frizz and part your hair straight down the middle

You can tell this chick has fine, straight hair but MAN does it have texture (see? not an oxymoron). I’m thinkin’ this was achieved by teasing the layers underneath to get some volume, but leaving the top very flat.

Just like I warned against copying Y-3′s lipstick yesterday, I must caution you against replicating this hair:

Y 3 SPRING RTW 2011 BEAUTY 009 runway New York S/S 11: Ditch your brush, embrace the frizz and part your hair straight down the middle

There is such thing as too much texture. That is all.

And last of all… I have good news if you’re the kind of gal who usually just scrapes her hair back into a loose, ratty ponytail or bun. (Oh HAI!) This very look is now—wait for it—stylish.

Check out the messy, flyaway low ponytails out at Doo.Ri—this is pretty much what my hair looks like when I wake up in the morning:

DOO RI SPRING RTW 2011 BEAUTY 015 runway New York S/S 11: Ditch your brush, embrace the frizz and part your hair straight down the middle

Rag & Bone did messy buns. Who knew it was so easy to be on trend?

RAG BONE SPRING 2011 RTW BEAUTY 014 runway New York S/S 11: Ditch your brush, embrace the frizz and part your hair straight down the middle

And if you want to get a little more fancy…relatively speaking, of course… Ohne Titel put a new twist on the ponytail:

OHNE TITEL SPRING 2011 RTW BEAUTY 007 runway New York S/S 11: Ditch your brush, embrace the frizz and part your hair straight down the middle

What do YOU think about these hairstyles?
Would you prefer something a bit more sleek?
Or do you feel happy that it’s now socially acceptable to walk around with bedhead?

10 Comments

Anya
Wednesday, September 15/2010 at 6:35 pm

Yep! This is pretty much my hair every day. Haha, I guess I’ll continue to be hair lazy next season too! Easy.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Thursday, September 16/2010 at 4:52 pm

Me too—love that this is an actual trend, ha!

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Janelle
Thursday, September 16/2010 at 3:27 pm

Yay! That Peter Som hair is exactly how my hair looks when I don’t do anything to it after a shower. oooh I’ll try those hidden braids though–cute.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Thursday, September 16/2010 at 4:53 pm

I’m dying to try the braids too—so pretty!

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Gimped
Thursday, September 30/2010 at 2:09 pm

Back from a week of vacay. Trying to catch up on all my missed posts!!

Question: can you do a centre part with shorter hair??

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Friday, October 1/2010 at 11:20 am

We missed you! :-)

How short is your hair now?

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Gimped
Friday, October 1/2010 at 2:02 pm

Aww … I was missed!! :)

My hair is just about at my chin — maybe an inch to go. But after a week in Cuba it desperately needs some attention, so it might get shorter in the next few weeks. The ends need to be cleaned up, big time.

I still intend to grow it out, it’s just been a struggle with all the damage.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, October 4/2010 at 4:23 pm

How long has it been since you got it cut? Cutting won’t make it grow faster (even if it IS damaged) but a little trim could make it look thicker/healthier.

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Gimped
Monday, October 4/2010 at 5:54 pm

It was last cut on July 22.

It’s hard to grow it out because my hair is such a mess that it needs more than just a trim, you know? People start cutting and cut more than a normal trim would be — I’m assuming to get rid of the dead stuff, but who knows.

Woe …

Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Thursday, October 7/2010 at 7:41 pm

Just sent you some ideas – you could just get it “shaped” without taking off length. Go to Angst, they will know what to do! :-)

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