Just like that, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia (MBFWA) is done and dusted for another year. We’ve lusted over the runway looks and marvelled at the street style, but the biggest take-home has to be the hair.
Below, the six best hair looks from MBFWA – chosen because they took our breath away, and because they translate effortlessly (and easily) from runway to real life.
1/ Bianca Spender
The beauty look at Bianca Spender tapped into fashion’s current obsession with the ‘70s, but with a freshness that’s suitably now. Creative director Michelle McQuillan for Goldwell created a cool Bianca Jagger vibe, with soft, brushed-out curls and next-day texture. "The hair is almost like the model has done it herself, a woman who knows what works for her. She's going somewhere in an effortless way. Done but undone, polished with a twist," she explained.
As the official hair partner for the show, Goldwell hair products were used exclusively to get the look. “We used Goldwell Dualsenses Ultra Volume Bodifying Spray at the roots to ends, then blow-dry to set the base,” explained Goldwell lead stylist Shane Henning backstage before the show. “Then we tonged the hair, adding the Goldwell Kerasilk Style Texturizing Finish Spray all over, brushing it through and messing it up a bit – we don’t want it too look too glamorous, just sort of polished – like she’s styled it herself.”
2/ Emilia Wickstead
Held at the iconic Wylie’s Baths in Coogee, the Emilia Wickstead show featured models that looked like they’d just emerged from the surf. The wet-look hair was combed simply back off the face with no visible part, occasionally styled with scarves. Get the look by applying a dry oil from roots to ends on medium to thick hair; finer hair types should stick to a lighter shine spray instead. Beauty note: models wore La Roche-Posay's new cosmetics collection for sun-kissed, natural colour.
3/ Hansel & Gretel
The Hansel & Gretel show boasted three looks: a fine plait in the under layer, a roped ponytail and our favourite, a slightly grungy curl. Get the look by blow-drying styling cream into hair then tonging in different directions, combing out and spritzing lightly with hairspray for hold.
Inspired by founder Camilla Franks’ travels to Japan, the Camilla hair featured paper origami-style ties around ponytail tucks and pinned-back sections, adding hints of colour to what was otherwise a beautifully natural look. Led by creative director Alan White for Goldwell, movement and texture were key to mastering the effortless, windswept wave. "We worked with the traveller theme and Japan's rich history of Samurai, Geisha, Harajuku girls and even Bruce Lee to create hair that pays homage to Japan while making it modern and wearable," said White.
“The trick is not to do a proper curl – it’s half on, half off with the tong,” explains Goldwell lead stylist Ida Tirimacco. “Take a section of hair, curl a bit, then leave a bit straight, then curl below.” She used Goldwell Kerasilk Style Bodyifying Volume Mousse for volume, then applied Goldwell Dualsenses Rich Repair 6 Effects Serum to the ends to smooth. “You want the hair to be soft and shiny, but with lots of movement,” she adds. To condition the hair prior to styling, use Goldwell Dualsenses Color Extra Rich 60 Sec Treatment.
Predictably whimsical, the Macgraw show hair was all about romantic curls, swept loosely to each side of a centre part. Again, a curling wand is your best friend – start at ear-level to keep the pinned-back bits smooth and straight.
6/ Anna Quan
Love the contrasting stitching on your Anna Quan white shirt? This season, the Sydney-based designer has echoed her style signature in the models’ hair. Low fishtail braids were threaded with silver for an eye-catching, luxe look – think of it as an ultra-modern take on the hair ribbon.