It's that time again: Runway Season. With various fashion weeks fast approaching, designers are showcasing their creativity with their spring and summer collections. They are also showcasing that creativity in their models' hair. This year, the overwhelming theme on the runway is a blast back to childhood with low ponytails, basic braids, blunt angles, tomboy buns, and a lot of accessories.
Low Ponytails: In recent years, the high pony has been all the rage from the red carpet to the runway. This transition back to the basic nape-of-the-neck ponytails were seen in some of the biggest names in high fashion's shows.
Many models on the cat walk for Dior got to experience a different take on the hairstyle. Designers combined a 1990s-esque choker with a ribbon to help accessorize a basic ponytail, turning it from pretty drab to pretty fab.
Most of Marni's models got to double up on the low pony. The pigtail style was seen a lot in the chairs backstage. By leaving the 'tails unaccessorized, designers were able to pull attention to the bold jewels and eyewear that decorated their models.
Braids: Thanks to movies like The Hunger Games, braids have been increasing in popularity over the last 5 years. The designers at this year's fashion shows took note of that and called for various braid styles in their spring/summer ready to wear lookbooks.
There was not a braidless head at Valentino this year. That being said, stylists showed just how versatile a braid is by incorporating different styles of braiding on almost each and every model. The braids also paired well with the overall vibe of the collection - very high fashion tribal.
Designers at Céline took it back to basics with several traditional, three-strand plaits that let them highlight exactly what they wanted people to see: the collection. These simple braids surely didn't draw any attention to themselves, but they were still a feminine statement that complemented the collection beautifully.
Angular cuts: Not every runway focused on keeping models' hair tied back. Some collections let the hair flow, but only with sharp angles. Bangs, bobs, and blunt chops, OH MY.
If you walked back stage at Vera Wang this year, you would have noticed one prevailing hair trend amongst most of the models: choppy bangs. This trend is one that had lost its popularity in recent years, but it finally got the revival it deserved thanks to stylists for designers like Vera Wang.
Gucci is known for being one of the most over-the-top collections to grace the runway with ready to wear in recent years, and S/S '16 was no different. Designers coupled their funky designs with hairstyles that hadn't been seen since the '90s. Models like Peyton Knight represented the brand with some serious throwback tresses that complemented the accessories that were designed for the collection.
Buns: In an attempt to pay homage to the tomboy phase that almost every young lady went through, sloppy buns littered runways for many different collections. Unlike recent years, these "easy up-dos" fell from their usual place high a-top the models' heads and found a new resting place right at shoulder level.
Stylists at Balenciaga seemed to have it easy this year. They replecated the same boyish bun for almost each and every model that walked for the brand. These rather simple styles are different from most buns because they don't hide the overall length of the models' locks.
Rag and Bone raised the bar, in that they raised the bun. The twists that many models bore are an easy way to look tres chic, without taking all day to style.
Hair accessories: Another trend that hadn't been seen for many years is the use of gaudy hair accessories. Basic headbands are no more and have been replaced with ornate jewels and glittery bling.
This example from the runway of Saint Laurent all but speaks for itself. As stated, gaudy hair accessories and ornate jewels were all the rage this year and designers for the brand took note.
As is common for Givenchy, the designers coupled pretty with punk. The accessories that decorated their models' faces were supported by the thick, metallic headbands that they all wore. Goodbye, thin, boring bands. Hello, 90s-esque bulky bands!
Yes, it's safe to say that some of the hair trends for the runway can be a little wild and crazy when combined with the collections themselves. However, the overall theme has calmed down significantly over past years. From the chunkiness of jeweled accessories to the simplicity of basic ponytails, spring and summer are promising some back-to-basics styles that will transition well from poolside to nightlife.
Here are some of these trends brought to life thanks to the fabulous stylists at Rumors
Sharp Angles by Vicky
Blunt Bangs by Gerald
Personalized Ponytail by Gerald
Braided Beauty by Kristen
Basic Bun by Holly
Which style are you brave enough to try? Which designer took their creativity a little too far? Let us know in the comments below!