Runway in real life: side swept hair


Runway in Real Life: Side Swept Hair

Fashion blogger Emma Gleason on catwalk-style side swept hair – with pictures to die for!

For the past few years, most of us ladies have been (quite literally) attached to silky straight locks for both day to day and evenings out.

My ghd certainly hasn’t been out of sight since I bought it. I must admit as much as admire a lot of runway and editorial hair, it takes something special to entice me to break out of my faithful old trifecta of hair options – straight, bunned and “natural waves” (aka no blow dry or brush).


However I am seriously crushing on the plethora of deep side-parted waved ‘dos  that have swept runways, editorials and red carpets lately. They manage to combine ladylike glamour and badass appeal at the same time. The deep side part also conveys a charmingly boyish quality.

For nighttime the look is mind blowing when executed with slick waves, but day-to-day I like the tousled version. I like to refer to this in particular as “The Flip” – like you have casually tossed most of your mane to one side.

This is one of the hair trends that kicked off with a celebrity – namely Alice Dellal who reigns supreme with a partly shaved version. That and her penchant for leather, zips and exposed midriffs are clearly evident in Proenza Schouler’s Spring 09 collection (more on that later). Mary Kate Olsen has also sported both everyday and high glamour versions of the do. And Kate Bosworth rocked a killer Old Hollywood version at this year's Costume Institute Gala.

On the overseas runways, I think the look was best done by the Proenza Schouler boys – who paired theirs with bright orange/red lips and deliciously weird glasses. It added the perfect feminine element to their leather and zip filled Spring '09 collection.


This look was all over the recent Rosemount Australian Fashion Week. It had a soft incarnation at Arnsdorf, but what I really went mad for was the amped up style at Ellery.  It took the '80s Beauty Pageant-inspired collection to another level entirely.


I’m crushing on this look so much at the moment that even though I recently had most my mane chopped off at Stephen Marr, I’m going to work it anyway – channelling the equally cropped Kim Noorda in the Proenza Schouler show.  And I have a feeling that as the mercury rises and layers are shed this killer look will be the perfect finishing touch – adding glamour to tees and sharpness to delicate lace. But that’s not to say we shouldn’t try this ASAP! I know I’m going to.

For more “musings and ramblings on all things sartorial and aesthetic” check out Emma's blog Rag Pony – “daily updates of the collections, editorials, muses and clothes that inspire me.”


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