Trend-setting looks from the runway aren’t all about the gowns. There were some great hairstyles spotted at this past season’s bridal fashion week in New York City that would make a great wedding look as well. “This year, bridal hair is all about the pony,” says Stacey Catalogna, stylist and marketing director from DePasquale the Spa in Morris Plains, whose team created the looks for the Malan Breton and the Isabelle Armstrong runway shows. “A tight, low-set pony with hair wrapped around the band is a classic for 2015, with hair sleek and shiny in this elegant pulled-back look.”
Catalogna says that screen legend Audrey Hepburn’s iconic ponytail perfectly illustrates the style, with a high, soft pony with a little bit of curl and a high bang. Today’s bride can add that perfect bang look with a mini bang extension added to the front needing to lop off her own hair into a short bang.
Ponytails can also be “pumped up in volume,” says Catalogna, if that sleek, tight, pulled-back pony isn’t your favorite look. A looser, volumed pony (like the ones shown at the Jenny Packham show) can work best to show off your facial features, which is why a trial hairstyle is so important. Your stylist can try out different pony pull-back styles until you find “The One.”
A shiny, pulled-back ponytail shows off your glam earrings and facial features, and Catalogna says that your makeup artist can help perfect that look with contouring—like how they soften runway models’ angular faces. A sleek pony will also allow details of your wedding gown to shine, without drawing the eye away from your bodice and shoulder-strap details. Like Audrey Hepburn’s look, your beautiful eyes will shine and your gown will stand out in its full, stunning beauty.
Don’t forget to accessorize the ponies with well-chosen jeweled accents, like diamond headbands worn at Oscar de la Renta’s runway shows. Or a blingy brooch fastened at the pony band, as seen at Angel Sanchez’s runway show. Ponytails don’t have to be simple; if it suits your style, add a touch of sparkle or metallics to your pony gathering spot.
• Old Hollywood curls. Think Jean Harlow for the styled wavy look that suits both short hair and up-dos. Badgley Mischka and Ines DiSanto sent this down the runways.
• The Ballerina Bun. Monique L’Huillier and Oscar de la Renta included this classic bridal hairstyle, worn higher on the head than the chignon, again fashioned from smooth, shiny hair and looking delicate and elegant.
• Braids. Braids are still popular, worn straight down the back or to the side. They’ve gotten a whimsical touch on the runways this year, with designers adding sparkly beads and pearls in the braids. Last year’s braids were looser and messier, but this season’s are sleeker, more polished and pretty.
What happened to the loose and flowing curly hair look? Has this soft and romantic style been booted from the top trends list? “No, they’re still popular bridal hair looks,” says Catalogna. “They just weren’t used on the bridal fashion runways very much, since the pony and up-dos show off the gowns’ detailing so well.” So, if you’ve been dreaming about loose, flowing, curly hair for your wedding look, you can have your dream style, as you wish. Or follow the designers’ lead, and pull back that hair to show off your face, gown and jewels.