Runway to real life
Runway to real life
Taking hairstyle inspirations from the catwalks
Posted: 08.07.10


“Think of those famous groupies from the sixties and seventies and you’ll get an idea of what this look is about, says stylist Sam McKnight who created styles in London, Paris and Milan Fashion Weeks this season. But the modern take on this look is a more conservative rock chic rather than rock chick. This straight (but not poker straight) and slightly disheveled style was seen at Balmain and Jaeger. Aim to create subtle texture, so start by loading on a volumising mousse. Then abandon your GHDs and brushes, and use fingers to lift and separate the hair while blow-drying. Those with straight locks should use a tong to add random kinks and if you have naturally curly hair concentrate the heat at the ends. Finish with a spritz of light hairspray, which will allow the hair to move.

Get the look: Paul Mitchell Soft Spray, (£8.50; - it holds hair in place while enhancing shine.



The hottest trend on the catwalks was contrasting finishes in one style. Skull tight sleekness combined with voluminous ends dominated at Versace, Givenchy and Alexander Wang shows. It’s best to reserve this strong look for the evening. Begin by creating soft waves with the help of a tong or heated rollers. Then apply some gel and shine spray to the top of the head, until it is slicked tight to the head. To finish, tease the lengths of the hair a wide-tooth comb and use a brush to pouf it out.

Get the Look: Try Label M Wax Stick (£12.95) to tame strays and Fructis Bamboo Flexihold Hairspray, (£2.24) to keep locks in place all night.



Waves have bounced back onto the beauty scene. Feminine, flowing locks was influential stylist Guido Palau’s brief at Chloe. For an up-to-date look, team waves with a deep side parting for a mermaid-esque feel. A good curl enhancing product and large tongs are your staple tools for creating this look. Wind the hair under section by section in the same direction for a more polished, yet tumbling finish.

Get the Look: Use WAM Size 19 Curling Irons (£120; 020 7836 0818) for creating soft and glam waves and Shu Uemura Art of Hair Liquid Fabric Mineral Texture Spray, (£18; 01273 861870) to refine curls with weightless control.

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