Get out the curling irons — hair is looking pretty again.
Last fashion season, hairstyles were all about a wet look, but that direction appears to have softened, as designers at the fall shows opt for romantic braids, flowing waves and hair accessories made of lush fabrics like velvet and fur.
At Alice + Olivia on Tuesday, Justine Marjan for TRESemmé — a Jen Atkin protégé — created four ethereal looks, including a messy take on milkmaid braids and a twisted half-up style.
“Braids are back and they are not going anywhere,” said Marjan, who noted she has seen a number of romantic styles this season.
One common iteration on braids has been the undone variety — at Erin Fetherston, Joseph DiMaggio for Davines created tiny loose braids behind each ear, spraying them with the brand’s texturizing spray for hold but leaving them purposefully unsecured at the ends for a casual feel. At Ulla Johnson, Holli Smith for Bumble and bumble created a braided ponytail, also with undone ends and wisps pulled out at the front.
Hair accessories have made an elegant return to the runway after last season’s arts-and-crafts styles. At Tory Burch, Guido Palau fashioned thick velvet ribbon onto low ponytails, and Joseph Altuzarra created headbands made of fur, velvet and various leather skins — some of them adorned with pearls.
Other designers have gone the loose and flowing route. At Calvin Klein, Palau sent girls down the runway with loose, natural hair. And Mara Hoffman opted for soft waves. At Victoria Beckham, models wore air-dried waves.