on trend

Fashion Week SS18: The Prettiest Hairstyles On The Runway

October 4th 2017

From New York to Paris, London to Milan, FAB has examined all the hairstyles done by the greatest stylists, including Guido Palau, Paul Hanlon, Sam McKnight and Delphine Courteille, for the Spring/Summer 2018 Ready-to-Wear collection. Low ponytails, the wet effect, or long and flowered: check out the top hairstyles seen on the runway.

Low ponytail by Sam McKnight for Burberry – London

When they weren’t marching down the runway with a cap on their heads, the models sported a rather relaxed low ponytail with a subtle middle parting.

Feathers as head accessories by Anthony Turner for Erdem – London

Anthony Turner, who also styles for Prabal Gurung in New York, tied a black ribbon around the base of low ponytails, embellished on some girls with a delicate feather, for Erdem in a 1940s style that could not be more elegant.

Milinery by Noel Stewart for ERDEM. Thank you @noelstewart #ERDEM #SS18 #LFW

A post shared by ERDEM (@erdem) on

Disheveled wet effect by Eugene Souleiman for Preen by Thornton Bregazzi – London

For this collection, Eugene Souleiman was inspired by pilgrims who traveled in the Victorian era. In order to contrast with the light, airy creations of artistic director Thornton Bregazzi, the London stylist opted for heavy, raw hairstyles. “I wanted the hair to look as if the models had just stepped off a boat in a new land, unwashed and exposed to the elements for weeks, with split ends and scraggly hair because they’ve been in the sun, the wind, the snow… but with the impression of the cloth bonnets these pilgrims wore.”

Back stage beauty by @eugenesouleiman @thevalgarland @maccosmetics @wellahair

A post shared by Preen By Thornton Bregazzi (@preenbythorntonbregazzi) on

Long and pulled back on top of the head by Guido Palau for Dior – Paris

Maria Grazia Chiuri chose to showcase her collection at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, which is currently hosting a lavish exhibition celebrating the house’s 70th anniversary. Guido Palau took the long hair framing the girls’ faces and pulled it back on top of their heads, some fastened with a brooch. “It’s a very feminine and slightly simplistic look, but it’s sophisticated,” explains the famous stylist. Guido Palau has styled celebrities such as George Michael, Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington and Cindy Crawford, among others.

Wet effect by Anthony Turner for Prabal Gurung – New York

Hair pulled back and 100 per cent wet effect. Dry, wavy, long hair slicked back and disheveled at the bottom is the work of British stylist Anthony Turner, inspired by amabie: the “mermaids of the 1920s Japanese coasts, unparalleled divers who held their breath to collect algae, shells, oysters and pearls at the bottom of coastal waters. We arranged their hair as if the women had just come out of the pool or the ocean and ran a comb through it,” states Turner.

Prabal Gurung SS18 New York Fashion Week
Credit: Prabal Gurung
– SS18 New York Fashion Week september 2017

Fuchsia by Josh Wood for Alexander Wang – New York

Supermodel Stella Lucia lit up Alexander Wang’s runway by marching forward with fuchsia-colored hair. London-colorist Josh Wood turned her platinum blonde hair into rose quartz, which required eight hours of work. For this creation, Josh was inspired by the iconic pink hair donned by Kate Moss in the 1990s.

Credit: Redken – Alexander Wang SS18

XXL braid by Tina Outen for Philipp Plein – New York

The models on German-born Philipp Plein’s runway paraded up and down with endless flowered plaits, marching with their braids in hand. Stylist Tina Outen chose an African weave for the top of their heads and an XXL twist on the long braids that went down practically to their feet.

@stellamaxwell #philippplein #goodgonebad #ss18

A post shared by PHILIPP PLEIN (@philipppleininternational) on

Sexy ponytail by Guido Palau for Alberta Ferretti – Milan

For Alberta Ferretti, the ponytails were wet and sexy. They were shortened and turned back on themselves so that they weren’t too long or too thick. “You can’t have wet, dripping hair on the clothes so we give a wet look to the hair once it dries. Just before the girls walk the show, I add a spritz for a high shine finish,” explains the stylist. He completes the style by relaxing the hair around the ears to get a wet, romantic look.

"The simplicity of a bright, luminescent attitude." #AlbertaFerretti #SS18 #MFW #behindthescenes

A post shared by Alberta Ferretti (@albertaferretti) on

Tomboy cut by Paul Hanlon for Moschino – Milan

For this collection, artistic director Jeremy Scott was inspired by the animated children’s cartoon “My Little Pony” mixed with rock accessories. Paul Hanlon was inspired to style his models after 1990s supermodel Christy Turlington’s pioneering hairstyle: the tomboyish pixie cut. The English stylist gave his models different-colored wigs – but they all showed the nape of the neck and had highlights in front. He explained that this hairstyle made them “women, not girls”.

A post shared by Moschino (@moschino) on

Middle parting by Guido Palau for Loewe – Paris

187,000 followers again chose stylist Guido Palau to be in charge of the hairstyles for Loewe’s models: simple and elegant to leave room for the creations in artistic director Jonathan Anderson’s collection. He opted for simplicity by styling their hair in a subtle middle parting and a ponytail for those not wearing it short.

See the full collection on loewe.com #LOEWESS18 #PFW

A post shared by LOEWE (@loewe) on

Ponytail and rhinestones by Sam McKnight for Dries Van Noten – Paris

How do you enhance a simple ponytail? According to this experienced stylist, by dressing it up with a band of rhinestones arranged on a middle parting. Going even further, most of the supermodels also sported the crystals around their eyes or on their lips. Chic and sparkling.

Long, flowered hair by Delphine Courteille for Alexis Mabille – Paris

The winds of romance were blowing at Alexis Mabille, particularly thanks to Parisian stylist and L’Oréal ambassador Delphine Courteille. It was all long, loose hair, styled with a middle parting and adorned with clusters of flowers fastened near the ears and elegantly flowing downward.


Braids by the hundreds by Sam McKnight for Vivienne Westwood – Paris

Vivienne Westwood and her husband Andreas Kronthaler, current artistic director, swung the Grand Palais with their British madness. Sam McKnight had to trim the girls’ braids hair, which was different for each of them. Each head required more than two hours of work. Then long strands were wet and placed on their faces as if their hair had been swept away by wind and rain.

Scroll through the key looks from the Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood SS18 show #AKSS18

A post shared by Vivienne Westwood (@viviennewestwood) on