If there was one major hair trend on the 2014 summer runway, it wasn’t beehives or pixie cuts. Rather, it was synthetic hair. We’re not talking princess-y wigs and hairpieces, though. We’re talking outrageous, bold, and ultra-fun ones. For the spring/summer 2014 shows, models strutted the catwalk in choppy layers and unexpected prints (yes, prints!) that were dyed onto synthetic hair fibers. These hair trends prove it’s all about making a statement this summer, and that there’s no better season to do so.
Thought bowl cuts were uncool? If so, you might want to reconsider. This season, the Marc Jacobs show featured ultra-straight, choppy plays on the bowl cut. These above-the-chin shags consist of razor-sharp layers along the face and matching bangs. The creator of the wigs, British hair stylist Guido Palau, wanted to bring back the bowl cut in a chic way. According to Vogue, he wanted the wigs to have an “LA surfer” vibe while making it look like the models cut their hair themselves. At the looks of it, Palau accomplished his mission, no?
But bowl cuts don’t end there. The Fendi catwalk also featured bowl-cut wigs. For this show, each model wore identical wigs — and, as a result, they looked like each other’s clones. Created by hairstylist Sam McKnight, these wigs were inspired by a combination of Canadian model Linda Evangelista’s hairstyle in the ’80s, the Beatles’ famous bowl cuts, and Japanese hairstyles. The end goal with the wigs was to make them look exaggerated and synthetic-looking instead of natural.
Sam Knight also created wigs for the Chanel runway, which consisted of shoulder-length bobs that were full-fringed and outwardly angled. Models strutted the catwalk in brown, black, and ultra-blond versions of this wig. When creating this style, Knight drew inspiration from Darth Vadar (we’re not kidding) and 1970s flipped-out hairdos. Ultimately, he wanted the wigs to capture the vibe of downtown New York.
We’re familiar with zebra prints on pajamas, underwear, and tee-shirts, but on hair? Ah, there’s a first for everything, isn’t there? For Rodarte’s summer 2014 catwalk, models wore hairpieces with black zebra patterns printed onto ice blond fibers. Created by French hairstylist Odile Gilbert, this hairpiece takes Rodarte’s repertoire of innovative runway hair to the next level. The hairpieces were clipped onto to the nape of each model’s neck to create a peekaboo effect beneath their side ponytails.