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Hair Ideas at NYFW Over the Years and Into the Future

Helen Oppenheim | August 13, 2014 | 11:40 AM


All images in collage (above) by Helen Oppenheim.

Collage Top Row: Orlando Pita, Orlo Salon @ Carolina Herrera and Vera Wang (second from left) all using Moroccanoil.

Second Row: Jon Reyman Aveda for AAU (left) and Argentine Designers (second left) … Next four by Edward Tricomi, Warren-Tricomi Salons @ Douglas Hannant shows using L'Oréal Professionel 

Third Row: Esther Langham using Moroccanoil for Nanette Lepore … Nick Irwin, TIGI for Mara Hoffman … Next three: Peter Gray for Betsey Johnson using Redken and @ Peter Gray for Badgley Mischka using Moroccanoil.

Bottom Row: Antonio Corral Calero, Moroccanoil @ Rachel Zoe … Next four by Peter Gray using Moroccanoil @ Badgley Mischka.

Many moan the hair at NY Fashion Week shows isn't very interesting and when one looks at the front views photographed on the runways, for the fashions, and published in magazines, papers, online that is true. Most fashion designers, especially in America, aren't into hair enough and have the idea that great hair can take away from their fashions, even if the problem is, in my view, solved by one hairstyle worn by every model in the show. 

Add to the mix, too many Lead Hairdressers do too many shows so it isn't easy to come up with new looks for all the shows – and persuade all the fashion designers, with the passion needed, to let them do something special.  Some fight for their ideas, some win, most do not, but it is never easy. 

So the result is there is either another  b-o-r-i-n-g ponytail, or a nothing hairstyle we have all seen over and over through the years on the runways which even major magazines give space to, even though not newsworthy.  And the wonderful opportunity of new interesting hair to set a few trends to replace the hairstyles we have all seen for years, and even decades, now prevails season after season.  Fashions change.   But not the hair as much as it could and should.  Please take note Lead Hairdressers.  A detail can make all the difference.

To the rescue, there is often back view action, sometimes interesting.   All these photos and many more plus full credits for makeup, fashions, accessories (and many hair tutorials) can be found on the NY Fashion Week Menu at

I hope you will view this blog with an open mind, sometimes read between the lines, and take the time to be inspired by the vast amount of information on my website, which is an archive full of ideas – both the photos and the text under the photos.  It could take a while!  There are over 3,000 photos archived. But I do highlight what is on the website, and a few other hot ideas on my blog which is also worth a look, from beginning to end.  Click:


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