The beauty of the Paris collections is that they're an amalgamation of all of the hair and makeup looks that came before. It seems that this is where looks get more creative. Makeup artists have a bit more fun, hairstylists get to play, and the runways turn into a chic celebration of the trends that we'll be wearing in the months to come. Because it's the last hurrah of fashion month, things get exciting. And yet, the Paris Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2019 hair trends are also decidedly wearable.
All five of the trends spotted backstage and on the runway can be defined by one idea: subtle twists on the looks you already are wearing. Sure, you wear cornrows, and may swear to never switch your style up. But at Off-White, lead haristylist Jawara conjured up a new and excited version of your typical protective style. And at Givenchy, lead hairstylist Guido Palau showed off the easiest way to add new interest to your typical 'do — toss it into a deep side part instead.
And while none of these looks necessarily harken the cool-girl, devil-may-care attitude of Parisians (the glittering barrettes at Paco Rabanne are decidedly more NYC than Paris), they do still have a bit of French sensibility. They offer high impact without having to do anything drastic. They're lazy girl updates, little tweaks you can make to your style that won't set you back a half hour. And if there's one thing a French woman hates, it's effort for effort's sake.
Find these hair ideas for the fall just ahead. You may find yourself wanting to test drive them before the weather gets cold again.
Seen at: Chanel, Paco Rabanne, Thom Browne
Get the look: Headbands and scrunchies have already had their moment in the sun. In Paris, barrettes of all shapes and sizes adorned the heads of many of the models. Paco Rabanne sent models down the runway with glittering pins stuck into their strands. “I don’t think they actually are hair accessories,” hairstylist Paul Hanlon told Vogue. “They came from the clothes and Julien liked the idea of them being in the hair.” A DIY hair accessory is always a win, and these gorgeous baubles may have you scavenging through your grandmother's brooch collection.
Backstage at Thom Browne, the look was less baubles and more boyish. "I wanted to do something that made the women feel not just beautiful, but almost handsome," lead hairstylist Eugene Souleiman tells TZR. "Instead of a gentleman, we’re doing a gentlewoman." But these gentlewoman had their more masculine hair topped with a darling little accessory — namely, a little bow barrette in a color scheme that was reminiscent of the French flag. It was a fun twist on what could be a twee accessory.
Seen at: Off-White, Paco Rabanne
Get the look: Classic cornrows got a gorgeous twist on the runways of Paris, with hairstylists creating looks that those with natural hair can pull off easily. At Off-White, lead hairstylist Jawara gave models criss-crossing braids, inspired by basketball player Allen Iverson. He parted the hair diagonally before creating asymmetrical tracks that he tucked under at the nape of the neck.
At Paco Rabanne, lead hairstylist Paul Hanlon opted for a twist on braids and cornrows. Two braids extended diagonally down the sides of the head, with two parallel rows taking up the center part. All four came together in an elegant bun at the nape of the neck. According to Hanlon, the look was meant to mimic '40s-style victory rolls — but it's truly a modern take on typical plaits.
Deep Side Parts
Seen at: Givenchy, Dries Van Noten, Loewe
Get the look: If the Paris runways are any indication, retro center parts are out. Sweeping side parts are taking over, as evidenced by the runways of Givenchy, Dries Van Noten, and Loewe. At Givenchy, lead hairstylist Guido Palau says that the look can majorly transform an updo. "It sweeps the hair over and changes the base of it," he says. "And instead of [the typical] side part, gives you another [fresh] base which is really nice." In order to get some texture around the part, Palau spritzed in Redken Triple Dry Texture Finishing Spray.
Dries Van Noten and Loewe also displayed side parts, with a little bit of muss involved. At Dries, lead hairstylist Sam McKnight curled the hair with a large curling iron before misting it with the Modern Hairspray Multi-Tasking Styling Mist from his own line.
Seen at: Thom Browne, Mugler, Marques Almeida, Olivier Theyskens
Get the look: While muss was a must for side-parted styles, there were also some more serious, slicked-back styles spotted on the Paris runways. At Thom Browne, the boyish styles were elevated, thanks to a slick, yet moveable, quiff. "The inspiration came from Thom, and he said that women are the new men," lead hairstylist Eugene Souleiman tells The Zoe Report. "For me, men really don’t wear their hair like this anymore. They have a very different way of wearing their hair." To get the pushed-back style, he worked Wella Texture Touch into the strands, working it up and off the hair to provide a "satin shine."
Mugler, Marques Almeida, and Olivier Theyskens also showed off gelled-back hair, but with more of a wet look, proving that hair products are far from being over. So pull out that gel and work your fingers through your hair. It's the opposite of Parisian chic, but you'll love it all the same.