Blue Tit, the award-winning London-based salon group, has predicted the top colour and styling trends of Autumn/Winter 2016.
HIGHLY ACCESSORISED This is less about the hair and more about the accessorising, but it’s such a huge trend for A/W16 that it deserves a mention. Throughout Fashion Week, models sported up-do’s and down-do’s peppered with statement accessories. At Sophia Webster the dishevelled do’s were full of height and accessorised with gothic dried flowers: an homage to Edward Scissorhands and Tim Burton’s gothic brides. Alexander McQueen showcased similarly unkempt up-do’s, pinned in place with Gothic-looking vintage jewel-encrusted brooches. Models at Ryan Lo and Libertine sported quirky clips featuring flowers, bows, plastic cats and butterflies, reminiscent of our favourite childhood hair clips, while at the opposite end of the spectrum, Gareth Pugh chose to accessorise his high-shine chignons with controversial Hannibal Lecter style masks.
MY LITTLE PONY A simple, neat ponytail, preferably worn low at the nape of the neck, with a deep side parting, is a strong look for the new season. As seen at J JS Lee, Roksanda and Fashion East, the modern pony is taking over from the braids and top-knots that we have seen dominate the catwalk and streets for so long now. It’s an easy-to-create, chic style for winter.
WHITE HOT The white chalked roots sported at Fenty X Puma were a standout look for me: easy, fun and brilliant this style was apparently dreamt up by Rihanna. At Felder and Felder, white hair colour was of the more permanent kind: models sported all-over platinum blonde hair, worn straight and glass-shiny to enhance the colour. At Anna K, Barbie-white blonde hair was worn in uber-glossy plastic-looking pigtails – very doll-like and quirky – while the white-blonde styles sported at Saint Laurent’s A/W16 show were, like the clothes, reminiscent of Madonna circa 1984. For a softer take on the white trend, take inspiration from Sibling, where models sported pretty apricot-tinged shades of white.
BLACK MAGIC In stark contrast to the ivory trend, ebony locks are also having a moment this winter. At Noon by Noor, naturally mousey brunette models with pale skin wore their hair several shades darker than their natural tone. At Alexander Wang, models sported a similar look, showcasing dark chocolate tones that contrasted with their naturally fair eyebrows and pale skin. Going for a darker and more extreme take on the look, PPQ and Balmain veered in to gothic territory, with inky shades of matte black. If you’re going for a more gothic shade, use the Davines Alchemic Silver range at home, to neutralise any warmth within natural and coloured black hair, so the colour stays intense and the hair is kept nourished and glossy.
Hair: HARRIET MULDOON
HEAD COLOURIST AND TECHNICAL EDUCATOR for BLUE TIT