At one point in time, the beauty at New York Fashion Week was pretty standard: slicked-back ponytails, barely-there makeup, and a bit of Vaseline used to highlight models’ cheekbones. Uniformity was prized above all else, meaning black models often had their natural hair straightened or lengthened with extensions.
Thankfully, over the last few seasons, designers have stepped away from the idea that every model must look the same. More and more, the people walking the catwalk are wearing their natural hair, meaning more twist-outs, cornrows, and glorious Afros at New York Fashion Week.
Off the runway, attendees also wore their strands in protective styles and wash-and-gos, proving that natural hair is the best fashion accessory. From multi-coloured box braids to bubble ponytails and beaded accessories, we rounded up some of our favourite natural hair moments at New York Fashion Week, ahead.
The natural hairstyles were the crowning glory of Pyer Moss’ gorgeous fashion presentation. For instance, this centre-parted cornrow look with extra-large gold accents was the perfect complement to the bold prints and bright colours coming down the runway. Photo: Fernanda Calfat/Getty Images. The sleek straight-backs at Longchamp were the perfect mix of simple and sophisticated.Refinery 29This twist-out and neon blue lipstick combo was one of our favourite looks from Chromat.Refinery 29Summer might be on its way out, but this sunny wash-and-go makes a strong case for going brighter with your hair colour this season. Refinery 29High on our list of Chromat faves were these bubble ponytails done by lead stylist Justine Marjan. Refinery 29When it’s time to get box braids, waist-length is the longest we’d usually go. But after seeing these knee-grazing braids, we’d fully consider spending a few extra hours at the salon.Refinery 29If you’ve been debating a big chop, screenshot this tapered cut from …read more