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The catwalks are where trends are made: the styles and fashions high street beauty and fashion brands adapt. And once again, we look to home soil for the latest styles at the recent London Fashion Week. But it's not just the clothes that we notice, hair and makeup trends are just as important, and an essential place for inspiration if you're looking for a new style. With that in mind here's the 6 cuts that really made us stand up and take notice. Who know's, one of these styles could be the perfect look to take you into the winter in style.
Buzzcuts and crops were the ultimate cool-kid cut, with JW Anderson and Paul Smith models taking to the catwalk with ultra short cuts. Paired with a matte nude lip and light copper shadow on the eyes gave an overall low maintenance, casual feel. If you are lucky enough to have an oval face shape, chances are a shorter cut will suit you, along with those with square face shapes. Shorter styles look fantastic worn with large statement earrings and a high necked winter knit. This can work to elongate your neck, to give you an elegant model like stature.
Dig out the crimping iron and start blowdrying your hair into a deep side part with hair piled to one side. The 80's are back, with a grunge twist. Lips were worn with a deep burgundy, and finished with a slick of Vaseline - the look stylists called 'pretty punk'. Topshop Unique stylist Duffy used a 10mm tong to achieve flawless waves or blowdried models' hair in a high ponytail to achieve root lift. This is best suited to ladies with longer hair, but if you're feeling really brave you can try this style with a shorter bob --it's the perfect style to grow out a fringe.
The braid trend is consistently seen on the catwalk in one guise or another, stylists have taken the French plait, or humble three strand and reworked it to create different takes on the trend season after season. The plait is sticking around for SS17, and this time it's taking a dishevelled approach. Best suited to long hair at one length, it is a great way to achieve an undone and effortless look. For inspiration look towards Emilia Wickstead's models, who carried off the look in an opulent fashion. Another way to channel the trend is piling braids on top of each other, pinning, and finishing with a simple black ribbon. This style was seen on the Erdem catwalk, and is the perfect transitional style from windy winter weather.
Sharp short fringes
Fringes on the Fashion East SS17 and Mary Karantzou catwalk were worn short and sharp. Best suited to square face shapes, if you go micro make sure you take the time to factor in a new styling routine. Shorter fringes and hairstyles may seem carefree and easy but often mean more styling. Avoid this type of fringe if you have any hair growth patterns such as cowlick. The short sharp fringe looks fantastic when paired with candy coloured longer hair, or you could brave the Fashion East model look with a contrasting fringe to the lengths. These brightly coloured pairings give a 'fruit salad style', that again gives a nod to the grunge era, and can be personalised to work well with skin tone.
Heavily layered mid length styles spotted on the House of Holland catwalk were the handiwork of Cos Sakkas. Working with teasing combs and adding sea salt spray helped to achieve these naturally voluminous looks. To really ramp up the grunge element, heavy black eyeliner worn around the whole eye and a dewy skin finish will finish this popular style. The key to this look is to wear the hair with natural texture, blow drying roughly with a texturising spray and avoiding brushing, using your fingers to style instead. This style is very versatile and works well with thick or thin hair, and is great for those with natural curls. The layers will help add volume but also balance to your style.
The easiest way to update your style without reaching for the scissors! Bold accessories were used on the Ashish catwalk, with models adorned with bollywood style jewellery. If you want to dress up your evening look keep things simple with your outfit with black or grey colours, the pop of colour can come from your hair accessories. Look for brooch like clusters on bands that are so easy to wear. A popular hairstyle on the London Fashion Week catwalk, was adding interest to the simple ponytail with a sparkling band, or even some gold thread woven through in sections.
The high impact of the catwalk styles seen are often pared down to be more wearable on the high street, but the ideas we take that will see us through to summer 2017 are easily adaptable to all face shapes and hair types. Take certain elements from each trend and work out what suits you and your lifestyle. The London Fashion Week catwalks are always fun, so take inspiration and find a new style for SS17. Looking for more hair-spiration? Browse through our blog.