For fall/winter 2011-2012, catwalks were filled with an array of beautiful hairstyles. From natural and effortlessly gorgeous to wet and sleek, there is a style for everyone, regardless your hair type and length. Embrace easy fall styling with free-flowing natural locks, ponytails, braids and messy buns. If you want to reinvent your hair and have fun this season, recreate the latest trends, fresh from the runways.
Nearly everywhere! Chloé, Anna Sui, D&G, Moschino Cheap & Chic, Blumarine and Versace were some of the designers that have chosen to draw the line in the center. This type of parting is extremely flattering as it elongates the face, making it look thinner. Besides, glossy, shiny and smooth locks are back again. For a hot new retro chic look as seen at Nina Ricci simply create a half-up hairstyle and backcomb the hair at the crown of the head. In order to add a masculine touch, try the rock candy tupé spotted at Max Mara.
How cute and versatile is a ponytail? This simple and quick to achieve hairstyle is also utterly feminine and elegant. Besides, it is unbelievably practical, it can be worn day or night and it is the best choice if you don’t want to look like you have tried too hard and spent hours getting ready. Philosophy and Prada brought us the relaxed and easy to do yourself pony, secured low at the nape of the neck.
On the other hand, at Max Azria and Gucci the models sported super sexy, smooth and elegant ponytails. The secret to get this look is to take a lock of hair from the flowing section of the pony and wrap it around its base. Sophisticated and polished were the ponytails seen at Valentino and Lela Rose that work amazing for evening events. At Lela Rose, the red-carpet worthy hairstyle had something of the old Hollywood glamour with those soft waves.
A bun is the ultimate go-to style for a quick hair fix. If you want to feel ladylike, this is the perfect ‘do for you. From loose, romantic buns (Dolce & Gabbana) and messy knots to chic chignons (Rochas) and glamorous twists, the fall/winter 2011-2012 season seems to be all about updos. For a Chanel knot, start by parting your hair to the side and make a loose pony. Next, roll up and pin in place below the ear.
Old Hollywood was also spotted in the Badgley Mischka collection. In fact, the 1940s and 1950s, as well as classic films such as ‘All About Eve’ and ‘The Women’ were the designer’s main sources of inspiration. Therefore, hairstyles followed the same note of classiness and drama, a deep side parting with hair twisted on both sides combined together at the back in a simple bun.
At Luca Luca and Carolina Herrera buns were sexy and refined. Absolutely adorable are the sophisticated looks that have a dressed and polished aspect. First, it was the circular bun with French pins placed into the sides at Luca Luca. Then, it was the chic horizontal bun at Herrera with a sleek, low part and hair swept across the side of the face and folded back.
Braided hairstyles are making a strong comeback for fall/winter 2011-2012. One of the best things about braids is their amazing versatility and the possibility to tailor them in order to suit any occasion. Be creative and try different, innovative styles. Whether you opt for the simple braid as seen at Lanvin or Cacharel or for playful braided pigtails as spotted at Y3 or twin braids at Kenzo, it’s time to start to learn plaiting for a clever, unique look.
Another fave style that already became a must is the famous side braid (Band of Outsiders). The key of this pretty style is to leave it slightly looser. Also, milkmaid braids have a major return in a stylish and rather elegant way, interwoven with colorful strips of ribbon (Rachel Roy).
Short hairstyles will always look fresh and youthful yet amazingly sexy and feminine. Moreover, a flattering short crop is great and creates impact. Also, remember that a stylish shortie has a lot of attitude and it is the right choice for busy girls due to its speedy styling time. For fall/winter 2011-2012, short hair looks natural (Balmain, Cacharel) or rather messy (Anna Sui, Isabel Marant).
However, the best thing about short hair is that it can also be uber-cool and glam (Oscar de la Renta, Hermes). Get the slicked down look by simply making a side parting, grab some gel or wax, rub between your hands and run through your hair. The result? A style that takes playfulness and elegance to a whole new level.
Photos courtesy of elle.com, style.com