London F/W ’11: Can we talk about hair? Because there are 3 cool trends that you will both want and be able to copy at home (hooray!)

London Fashion Week Fall 2011 Burberry Prorsum hair and makeup

You can always count on the Brits, during London Fashion Week, to bring the crazy. Nestled in between the low-key Burberry Prorsums and Aquascutums and Pringle of Scotlands and Mulberrys (ies?) are designers like Meadham Kirchhoff, Louise Grey and Vivienne Westwood. And THEY send models down the runway with, respectively, two-toned ringlets, polka dots all over their faces, or—even worse—complexions entirely clad in gold leaf.

This is why, last season, the only London show I blogged about was Twenty8Twelve. (That poppy lipstick colour, by the way, remains to this day one of my all-time favourite looks.)

But for this season’s LFW coverage, I want to talk about hair, not makeup. Because I’ve noticed a few things, first in New York, and now across the pond, that are screaming “DING! DING! DING! WE HAVE A HAIR TREND.”

Also? I have good news. No mad hair skillz required.

COOL TREND #1: THE LOW PONYTAIL

This is from Burberry Prorsum:

LFW F11 Burberry Prorsum 2 London F/W 11: Can we talk about hair? Because there are 3 cool trends that you will both want and be able to copy at home (hooray!)

I don’t know about you, but my hair kind of looks like this already when I wake up in the morning. Surprisingly, the messy texture was the goal (they actually used prodz to get it this way—can you believe?). This is a quote from the hair artist, Neil Moodie for Bumble and Bumble: “It should only take two minutes to do so she can spend the rest of her time getting dressed!”

Right.

Here’s the look from the front:

LFW F11 Burberry Prorsum 3 London F/W 11: Can we talk about hair? Because there are 3 cool trends that you will both want and be able to copy at home (hooray!)

Okay, maybe I’m digging this low pony thing a bit more now—although some of us would probably wear it a little neater, like the version at Christopher Kane:

LFW F11 Christopher Kane 1 London F/W 11: Can we talk about hair? Because there are 3 cool trends that you will both want and be able to copy at home (hooray!)

Or with a headband like at Jonathan Saunders:

LFW F11 Jonathan Saunders 1 London F/W 11: Can we talk about hair? Because there are 3 cool trends that you will both want and be able to copy at home (hooray!)

Lest you think this is just a London thing, back in New York, Diane von Furstenberg (whose red lippery we also raved about last week) showcased a looser but still sleek version:

NYFW FW11 Diane von Furstenberg 5 London F/W 11: Can we talk about hair? Because there are 3 cool trends that you will both want and be able to copy at home (hooray!)

And low ponies also made an appearance at NYFW at Vera Wang (home of the Serious Eyeshadow, which you guys almost unanimously hated):

NYFW F11 Vera Wang 4 London F/W 11: Can we talk about hair? Because there are 3 cool trends that you will both want and be able to copy at home (hooray!)

These ones were pulled out for some extra volume above the elastics (clear ones, by the way—if you don’t own, you really should invest).

So, you know, it’s a flexible look—you can play around with it. Just know that high, cheerleader-style ponies are Not Happening right now, ‘kay?

COOL TREND #2: BRAIDS

Okay, so the braid thing’s been kicking around for a while now, but it’s still with us—specifically the fishtail braid. Here it is at Erdem:

LFW F11 Erdem 1 London F/W 11: Can we talk about hair? Because there are 3 cool trends that you will both want and be able to copy at home (hooray!)

This was a Charles Worthington creation that got some extra help from hair extensions and dry shampoo. And—stay with me here—it was all over New York, too, at Band of Outsiders:

NYFW F11 Band of Outsiders 1 London F/W 11: Can we talk about hair? Because there are 3 cool trends that you will both want and be able to copy at home (hooray!)

And at Y-3:

NYFW F11 Y 3 1 London F/W 11: Can we talk about hair? Because there are 3 cool trends that you will both want and be able to copy at home (hooray!)

Now, I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, “Michelle! You said ‘no mad hair skillz required.’”

Yes, I did say that. And since I’ve never been able to master even a French braid (and I call myself a beauty editor—ha!), there’s no way I expect myself, or you, to do a fishtail. (There is a neat slideshow here, however, if you’re a keener.)

Instead, I see no reason not to substitute the easy peasy REGULAR kind of braid. Because—hooray!—those are in style too. Like at Halston:

NYFW F11 Halston 1 London F/W 11: Can we talk about hair? Because there are 3 cool trends that you will both want and be able to copy at home (hooray!)

See? You get a look that’s similar enough, but you just saved yourself two hours.

Oh, and if you feel like wrapping it around your head (a la Rachel Roy),

NYFW F11 Rachel Roy 1 London F/W 11: Can we talk about hair? Because there are 3 cool trends that you will both want and be able to copy at home (hooray!)

or braiding the under-layers (seen at Charlotte Ronson),

NYFW F11 Charlotte Ronson 1 London F/W 11: Can we talk about hair? Because there are 3 cool trends that you will both want and be able to copy at home (hooray!)

those braid looks are on-trend too!

COOL TREND #3: CENTRE PARTS

If you’re a side-parter, this is an easy one to implement for an instant beauty change. It’s also nice to see it a bit sleeker than the texturey version I first told you about during the S/S ’11 shows. For example, I heart the Temperley London look:

LFW F11 Temperley London 1 London F/W 11: Can we talk about hair? Because there are 3 cool trends that you will both want and be able to copy at home (hooray!)

And not just because I love the red lips. (We’re going to talk more about red lips soon, I promise, because there have been so very many good ones and I need to give them their own post.)

Which reminds me, I didn’t show you Ralph Lauren yet (from New York), which, like Temperley London, features red lips AND a side part:

NYFW F11 Ralph Lauren 1 London F/W 11: Can we talk about hair? Because there are 3 cool trends that you will both want and be able to copy at home (hooray!)

The gorgessity is almost too much to take, isn’t it?

Things got a bit more voluminous at Emilio de la Morena:

LFW F11 Emilio de la Morena 1 London F/W 11: Can we talk about hair? Because there are 3 cool trends that you will both want and be able to copy at home (hooray!)

And then full-blown glamorous at Roksanda Ilincic, who you may recall went with a similar disco-inspired theme for F/W ’10.

LFW F11 Roksanda Ilincic 1 London F/W 11: Can we talk about hair? Because there are 3 cool trends that you will both want and be able to copy at home (hooray!)

Did you notice the brushed-out waves? I’ve been talking about them since the fall, and they’re still a big deal. Glossy brown lips optional.

So that’s London, folks! Tell me:

What do you think of these hair trends?
Do you think you might copy one—or all—of them at home?
If you do try a DIY job, I would feel irresponsible if I also did not warn you with these images of what NOT to do. (See, I told you London was kinda crazy…)

The wrong kind of low pony:

LFW F11 Issa 1 London F/W 11: Can we talk about hair? Because there are 3 cool trends that you will both want and be able to copy at home (hooray!)

The wrong kind of braids:

LFW F11 PPQ 1 London F/W 11: Can we talk about hair? Because there are 3 cool trends that you will both want and be able to copy at home (hooray!)

And the wrong kind of centre part (among other things):

LFW F11 Topshop Unique 1 London F/W 11: Can we talk about hair? Because there are 3 cool trends that you will both want and be able to copy at home (hooray!)

5 Comments

Jenncharina
Thursday, February 24/2011 at 11:15 am

Can round faces pull of a centre part?

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Thursday, February 24/2011 at 5:12 pm

I think side parts are best for round faces actually. Was just having this discussion with Gimped in this thread: http://beautyeditor.ca/2011/01/27/the-importance-of-finding-your-life-cut-plus-other-random-bits-of-hair-wisdom-from-my-mane-man-bill-angst/ Not sure how long your hair is but I linked to some examples I liked for Gimped’s short-ish hair.

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Lauren
Thursday, February 24/2011 at 4:54 pm

We can ALWAYS talk about hair :)
2 things I’m in love with – low ponytails with volume and glamour waves
1 thing I’m not: fishtail braid (it creeps me out)

I’m super excited to try some of these.
xoxo
Lauren from ChickAdvisor

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Thursday, February 24/2011 at 5:15 pm

Oh really? I guess I can see your point – the Erdem version sort of looks like it could be part of a basket-weaving class. But I quite like the looser Y-3 one.
Check out today’s post because there’s a shot of Demi Moore rocking the fishtail: http://beautyeditor.ca/2011/02/24/so-jennifer-aniston-got-a-lob-ginnifer-goodwin-got-an-undercut-and-claire-danes-discovered-that-some-fashion-week-trends-dont-work-on-civilians/ Would love to know your thoughts!

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fleur_fleurie
Friday, February 25/2011 at 1:45 pm

Sorry, but low ponytail sucks :( It looks .. I don`t know how to put it right – but it looks completely wrong! especially when looking at the girl from the side. At plain face it does not yet strike me as smthing sinister, but the first pic with a side view.. yuk :(

Braids (unfortunately) look good only when fish-boned.

Waiting for the post about red lips! And general thank you for blogging interestingly.

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