It’s that time of year again! We’ve been wearing cut off shorts and throwing our hair up in ponytails all summer long and now with the calendar turning to August, fall is around the corner. With the new season comes promises of leaves turning orange, legs covering up in tights and longer nights snuggling up by the fire. And if you’re a beauty and fashion junkie like myself, it brings a whole new season of trends to explore, hairstyles to try out and runways and fashion spreads to pine over.
I get asked by clients, readers and friends alike each season about what is on the runways and how they can translate these looks into their everyday lives. This season, I’ve been researching and studying my little heart out to know everything I need to know about the fall trends before fall even gets here. I thrive on knowing what’s going on in Europe before Katy Perry or Rihanna have even jumped into a certain style and I love being the first in my city to cop a trend and pull it off boldly. I love studying Vogue and Elle and watching how these trends have already started becoming staples of our summer style and I certainly love giving all of that information to people I love! So this season, I’m taking that passion and using it to answer your questions before you even know what to ask!
This is your full, comprehensive Fall Trend Report for 2014. I’ve profiled the three most popular trends that I’ve seen on runways and in fashion magazines from Europe, Australia and beyond. I’ve broken each one down complete with images and a mood board for inspiration to help you truly understand each concept and be able to style for it yourself. And of course, the whole point of this all is really the hair! In light of that, I’ve spent a lot of time spelling out exactly how each trend incorporates texture, shape and angles of haircuts and styles and I also spotlight what each trend is open to when it comes to color. I think each of us can go from one trend to the next (sometimes even within the same day), but I felt that it was important for you to understand why the hair is the way it is in each category in terms of balance and proportions with the entire look.
Without further adieu, take a look at your new fave styles and learn all about taking them from catwalk to sidewalk in your fab city!
Trend Inspiration: Girly Grunge
Images via: beautylaunchpad.com, glamour.com
Grunge is really just getting started as a major theme in fashion and style, especially here in North America. And the trend this fall is to not only embrace the leather, plaid and bright hair color, but to mix it with some girlish accents for a complete, balanced look. If you look at Katy Perry with her green ombre, she’s paired it with loose waves and a floral, fitted dress for a more modern and feminine take on the trend. And Olivia Palermo, always the chic sophisticate, simply wears a black dress and minimal makeup to match her grunge inspired angled bob. I think you get a great feel for what this trend really looks like from the mood board below. Take a look at the inspirations and the many ways women have rocked the trend this year:
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When it comes to hair, which is what we are obviously all about, there are a few major themes. We’ve seen them on runways in Paris and Milan and on celebrities like Kylie Jenner and Selena Gomez, but there are multitude of ways to make these styles your own. Like Selena Gomez, I tend to love the more “futuristic” side of this girly grunge style and I like to opt for a sleek, straight hairstyle paired with a simple black leather dress. Kylie Jenner (and some ladies I know here in Denver) would go for something more fun and playful, like her blue ombre worn very textured with cut off shorts and an over-sized band tee. The key here is to take the trend, understand it and wear it in a way that suits you and makes you feel comfortable!
The most popular hairstyle for this trend is by far the blunt, mid-length cut. Most women are opting to wear it slightly angled towards the face and in a more straight texture, but I’ve also seen it worn one-length and more bold with waves. However, it is important to note that the focus is on natural texture. Whether your hair is straight, wavy or naturally curly, the key is to embrace that texture and wear it in a mid-length style. With color, pastels and bright pallets are huge. Both are worn best either in a subtle ombre or all over, but should not look grown out or sloppy. The modern update on this trend is that it should look “effortlessly cool”, so a bold color is perfect, but it has to be done tactfully to still be feminine and sophisticated. This is also why balayage or ombre is a natural fit for this trend because it is ultra chic, but very low maintenance, very much like our girly grunge trendsetter!
Trend Inspiration: Modern Minimalist
Images: wardrobelooks.com, yotsblog.wordpress.com, popsugar.com
Modern Minimalist is probably my personal favorite trend. It was huge in the spring and it’s getting even bigger this fall with couture houses like Narciso Rodriguez and Michael Kors proudly sending structured, neutral looks down the runway. I always think of Kim Kardashian rocking this trend because she seems to be the queen of slicked back, wet hair and form fitting minimalist dresses in various creams and beige colors. In the featured images above, Rihanna perfectly displays this trend with a sleek, white dress, a bold red lip and a textured pixie. The pixie was the hottest hairstyle of the 90′s and with this trend (and Rihanna pulling it off flawlessly), it’s only begun coming back this year. I also love the bob photo because the clean lines and angles are exactly what this theme is about. Think of white space in a chic apartment or the angles of a very modern building and how everything looks so concise and open. The whole idea that less is more is the motto of our modern minimalist girl. Take a look at the mood board below to see visually how this theme translates to all of fashion:
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The hair is really the crowning piece for this trend and sets the tone because it is so different from everything else we will see this fall. The name of the game is understated structure and elegant, sleek styles. Everything should be a bit more severe and that’s why you’ll often see these hairstyles paired with a red lip or a form-fitting dress to add femininity. Women who tend to sway towards this trend can go for short, medium or long, but the pixie is definitely the most true minimalist style. And the way women like Rihanna and Jennifer Lawrence are wearing it with natural texture is perfectly chic and modern. And for a true minimalist, it’s also less maintenance! With longer and mid-length styles, a heavy, blunt fringe is the coolest. It can add to a more textured look if you are in the middle of growing out some layers and in any case, it looks just oh-so-couture.
In hairstyles that are long enough, a slicked back wet look is so effortlessly beautiful. This look has been all over the runways and all the celebrities have tried it, so you don’t have to worry about being the first person on this side of the pond to rock it. I tend to like being the first to wear something, but that’s not everyone’s cup of tea! And also with longer styles, a very clean part line is crucial. A deep side part has been more popular on the runways than a middle part (and a lot of us were wearing middle parts with our long waves in recent years), so it can be fun to mix it up a bit. But as long as it’s clean, straight and sleek, you’ll be fine! When it comes to upstyles or formal looks, a classic French chignon reigns supreme. It’s usually very structured and elegantly simple when done correctly and is the perfect complement to a modern minimalist dress. The other huge style is a sleek ponytail either worn parted and low or worn brushed back from the hair line and completely smooth, placed over the crown or higher.
When thinking about hair color in this trend, most anything goes. Pastels, dark browns, platinum blondes, reds… Almost any color can complement the neutral tones of a modern minimalist look. The most important factor with hair color, though is that the colors are muted and not too bold and vibrant. The pastel pink on the mood board above is the perfect example. You can rock a red, but go a bit deeper with it and add some cool tones like a red-violet rather than a bright, bold fire engine red. And of course, a balayage is completely in style across the board for any trend. In this modern minimalist theme, a balayage would look so beautiful worn in a straight, sleek style.
Trend Inspiration: Urban Naturale
Images: ElleCanada.com, HarpersBazaar.com, BlackGirlLongHair.com
The Urban Naturale trend is definitely the most fun and one that I go to when I’m feeling a bit more like a free spirit. It’s kind of the idea that anything goes and bigger is better as long as it’s balanced, modern and still feminine and elegant. I think in the past animal prints and bright, tribal colors and patterns have been seen as completely bohemian and only women like Vanessa Hudgens would wear these overdone styles. No hate on Vanessa, but it’s always been more Coachella than office appropriate which can feel too youthful. But I am soooo loving the way designers are presenting this trend for the fall. It’s very much city meets nature and it’s inspired by cultures all across the world. I’ve seen bedazzled elephants and sari inspired dresses coming from Indian inspiration, bold tribal patterns and lots of earthy, safari inspired colors coming from African inspiration, deep greens and exotic birds coming from Amazonian inspiration and even exaggerated butterflies, trees and natural elements that could be inspired by English or American cultures. Any of these concepts paired with a sleek pair of heels or minimal makeup is the ultimate Urban Naturale look. Check out this mood board to see what else can inspire this look:
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I notice with this trend that even the straight hair has a kind of “straight texture” to borrow a phrase from Kevin Murphy. There is no such thing as sleek and smooth in this trend and it really is all about letting out your inner exotic goddess, which I think we all have a little bit of. Cue “Roar” by Katy Perry on the speakers, right? But seriously, whether it be through just a whole lot of natural curl, some manufactured waves, braids or just straight texture, the bigger the better!
One thing that I really, really love about this trend is the amount of braids incorporated and how creatively they’ve been added to a style. There are also a lot of accessories added in for even more texture, movement and playful accents. I love how the braided faux-hawk in the photos above is a cool, modern braid with a leather accessory built in and ultimately used to tie the braid at the nape. Gone are the days of a braided headband being daring and different and now, it’s all about bolder and bigger. I also love the comeback of box braids, like the style Beyonce is wearing in this photo above. I remember being a young girl who hated her fine, stringy hair and when Clueless came out and Dionne wore those fabulous box braids, I literally prayed at night to wake up with hair like hers… I seriously just love this look! It’s effortless, it’s chic, it’s couture and it can be pulled up into really intricate upstyles for a different look. Remember Bey on her trip to Cuba and that awesome upstyle she wore? Love it!
I also love the way girls like me with fine, straight hair can get into this without braids. Of course, I can incorporate braids and that’s super fun when I have the time, but on a normal day, this trend simply calls for a bedhead look. Check out the model at the top left of the mood board. She’s wearing a classic middle part and it looks like the stylists just bent the hair slightly with a wand and roughed up the hair with some product to get natural texture. I don’t know about you, but I wake up like this most days, so I’m okay with this look being a signature! A little dry shampoo, a little finesse and you’re all set!
In terms of color, anything goes as long as it’s bold and dimensional. In the photo of the model with the large back-brushed curls, you can see that her color is actually a pretty standard medium brown, but it’s got so much depth and richness to it that when it hits the light, the vibrancy just shines. Beyonce’s color is flawless because it’s a generic blonde, but it’s very neutral toned and rich. You can even go to more of a red or purple or bold color choice as long as there is richness to it, tied to a brunette or blonde base. Just remember with this trend, more is always a good thing and the inspirations all come from various cultures and the most natural of elements. You really can’t go wrong as long as you keep that in mind!
I hope you guys have enjoyed this guide to fall 2014 style! I always love knowing what’s coming around the corner when it comes to clothing, makeup, hair and really anything beauty or fashion related. And I always love to share what I know and help you, my readers, clients and friends, stay up to date on all things modern and chic. Please let me know if you have any questions about how to rock any of these themes throughout the next season or just shoot me any feedback you may have! Can’t wait to watch how everything evolves through the spring and give you my next report then!