Helping to define each designer’s creative vision, hair-styles provided the ultimate chance to ensure a styled-to-perfection look from head-to-toe. With the arrival of sunnier weather promising to play host to weddings, outdoor parties, and those all-important essential tropical holidays, Spring / Summer 2013 hair inspiration has (fortunately for us) adopted an extremely wearable, easy-to-achieve, bohemian feel.
Romantically disheveled up-do’s, flowing waves, and the classic straightforward yet elegant ponytail were awash at the catwalks, with each hairstyle a clear representation of the designer’s signature style, proving how much your hair-style really can improve your overall look.
Its hard to imagine a hair-style that would better epitomise Ralph Lauren’s crisp, clean-cut signature look than a neat, sleek, sophisticated bun. Fastened low at the nape of the neck, this look does not allow for any pesky fly-away strands. So be sure if opting for this designer, lady-like look to flatten those pesky loose fly-aways with hairspray or a light serum for a sleek, polished finish.
But for those in search of a less high-maintenance style, steal that relaxed, ‘careless’ look so popular on the runways this season, and make like the Bottega Veneta models with their gorgeously disheveled chignons. For this look to be achieved it is essential you tease strands of your luscious locks loose to allow a face-framing effect thus creating the essential less ‘done’ impression. Meanwhile, ensure you complete this alluringly mussed up, bed-hair with dewy skin and succulent lips for the ultimate fresh-but-fabulous look.
The ‘undone low-bun’ is similarly all about chic, undone elegance, all about embracing your natural inner-beauty. An exposed neck amplifies sex appeal, so ensure to hold it securely with invisible pins just above the nape of the neck and spritz with a natural-looking hairspray to hold in place all day, giving off the epitome of low-maintenance beauty whilst no-one need ever know you are secretly styled to perfection!
Make like the gorgeous Versace models and part hair in the middle or just off-centre to give any look a youthful, relaxed feel. But be sure again to pull out any wispy hair in order to frame the face, and pinch those roots for fullness and body to allow for extra volume. This season’s disheveled hair means not only good news for those extra-long summer lie-ins, but for the health of your hair – as minimum product and styling is essential here, so embrace your hair’s inner texture to even further propel this look and do not be afraid to mimic how you would style your hair when on holiday. By thinking of beach-hair, you will effortlessly achieve this look, especially with the lack of humidity and sun to dry up your locks! Hairspray or serum will vanish any frizz, so to maintain this look throughout the day simply slip a miniature travel size of hairspray into your bag!
Make like Dolce & Gabbana and add a beautiful printed headscarf to an easy-to achieve beehive or chignon for those special occasions. This creates a high-impact look, with minimal effort and styling.
Whilst nothing says low-maintenance beauty like a low ponytail, this season, make it super-low-slung and pulled off the face. For style inspiration look no further than Christian Dior’s edgy, volumised catwalk look complete with wet-look finish to the roots, easily achievable with a light serum, and pull that hair off the face for an elegant, polished look. However, in stark contrast to the polished roots, to fully recreate this look, the mane must be full of volume and texture, preferably achieved through blow-drying rather than the harsh, damaging effects of straightening irons.
In a further nod to embracing your hair’s natural beauty, take inspiration from Emilio Pucci’s gorgeous Spring / Summer 2013 catwalk look and use health-infusing products rather than styling aids to allow the hair’s natural beauty, fullness and texture to shine through and make a defying statement. Complimenting this health-infusing perfection, the sweeping side-parting is back, meaning instant glamour is guaranteed with even the most laid-back of styles. To ensure your hair is in healthy, luxurious condition for this look simply avoid over-heating with damaging hair styling and try to incorporate moisturising, health- infusing hair-care products into your routine, avoiding products that will dry your hair and leave you with unsightly frizz and split-ends.
Chloe’s extremely low-maintenance, straightforward and speedy looped ponytail simply exuded beauty when coupled with the addition of a slightly grown-out, side-parted fringe. The simple side-parting amplifies any look, and can be seen throughout the retro looks rocking the catwalks. Indeed, Louis Vuitton featured Guido Palau’s mini beehives in a successful, artistic attempt to recreate the Sixties retro-look, which promises to be a massive trend this season, to be reflected in both hair-styles and fashion choices. But what completed the Louis Vuitton’s retro look was not only the pretty bow accessory, but of course that all-important sweeping side-fringe.
But this season’s sweeping side-fringe has been revolutionised, revamped from the neat, clean-cut style as has been seen before in previous seasons. This season be sure to adopt a more grown-out side-fringe, longer, messier and with a heavier side-parting, to create that all important unkempt, yet fabulous finish for a more interesting look.
In a nod to the coming season we wave goodbye to Winter’s boring super-straight locks and say hello to Spring / Summer’s carefree curls and natural waves for a sunny spring finish. Grecian plaits are always a sumptuous addition to a set of flowing waves as it compliments them effortlessly. Whether you add a simple side-parted boho-braid to adorn your flowing locks, use pretty skinny plaits to decorate a casual ponytail as seen at Marchesa, or go all out with the all-over plaited mane, the braid will always provide a fabulous go-to, signature look, which promises to remain forever as an on-trend look for Spring / Summer.
When sporting bohemian braids, be sure to have fun with accessories, adding cute hair-clips for the day, or show-stopping, elegant pieces for a braided up-do at night. The right amount of sparkle can instantly transform this look for a full on Hollywood glamour feel.
For this season’s eye-catching waves simply add a small amount of product through your hair and add curls at random using a curling tong or wand. Lightly comb or run your fingers through your locks and backcomb random strands to create an unpolished, natural look. Spritz with volumising hair-spray and you have yourself super-sexy bed-head waves. For a night-time fabulous look, a bright colour-pop pout will accentuate this attention-grabbing look. For some serious style inspiration copy the Giles Spring / Summer look and add some seriously hot-pink lips to your unkempt curls for maximum effect.
Even better news? Roots are having a serious moment. We learnt at Dries Van Noten Spring / Summer 2013 that roots can be sexy – just wear with attitude to complete that relaxed, laid-back look and wear in a middle or slightly off-centre parting.
This season it is easy to stay band on trend in the hair-style stakes, just be sure to embrace your hair’s natural beauty and texture – kinks, waves, and all.
by Kathryn McGowan
Pictured Giles Spring Summer look with hot pink lips.
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