25 Haute Hairstyles That Rocked The Runway

Now that the frenzy of Fashion Week has finally faded, we’ve had the chance to sit down and look at all the hair amazingness that happened. And we’ve got to say, we’re impressed. There were so many gorgeous styles to choose from that we had a hard time narrowing down our favorites.
In the end though, there were a few clear winners. Ahead, the 25 styles we’re dying to cop for ourselves. From nifty braids to some really rad crimping action, check out the coiffs that got us all fired up.
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This Karen Walker 'do makes us long for the days when we had brow-grazing bangs — and marching band practice.

Photographed by Maia Harms
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A cross between a sidewinding Katniss braid and a swirly snail braid, this tight plait (at Honor) is a woven work of art.

Photographed by Ryan Koopmans
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Models at William Okpo were given super-textured tresses that looked organic and natural. We're glad to see this type of style slowly (so very, very slowly) making its way into the fashion world.

Photographed by Janelle Jones
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The soft, side-parted styles at DKNY were equal parts mod and schoolgirl chic — a look we've always secretly been obsessed with. It's so effortless and yet still impactful.

Photographed by Amelia Alpaugh
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At Monique Lhuillier, hair was divided into two contrasting textures, with slick and shiny roots merging into bended waves throughout the length of hair.

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Clover Canyon's take on the ponytail gave the impression of a faux-hawk, but one that was still feminine and pretty, thanks to a soft fullness through the top.

Photographed by Amelia Alpaugh
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We know it's time to transition out of beachy waves, but we're just not ready to let go. Fortunately, thanks to Rachel Zoe, we don't have to — her sophisticated take on summer's go-to hairstyle featured a smooth finish and volumized ends, which gave the look a polished, but still carefree vibe.

Photographed by Amelia Alpaugh
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It was Renaissance Fair meets exercise in digital dexterity at Marchesa, where models had headpieces crafted of plaits encasing their noggins. We love the complexity of the look and how the braids function as an accessory.

Photographed by Nina Westervelt
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We thought we'd never see the day when Oscar de la Renta marched models with Crayola streaks in their hair down the runway, and yet, here they are. The juxtaposition between ODLR's ladylike gowns, the whipped bouffants, and the Techinicolor highlights made our brains spin — in a good way. We like it when Oscar embraces his inner teenager and we kinda hope this is the start of some really awesome new experimentation for the fashion icon.

Photo: MCV Photo
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There's nothing like adding a delicate bloom to your tresses to take them from messy to romantic. At Badgley Mischka, models rocked the fairy-tale princess look with undone tresses accented by single flowers. Usually having a garden in your hair would make us think of Coachella, but this look comes off more graceful and sweet than music festival.

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We're always looking for new ways to wear a ponytail, so we were loving this option from Michael Kors, which used a wide barrette to hold strands back smoothly against the head — it creates a glossy sheet of hair that's way classier than your usual gym pony.

Photographed by Janelle Jones
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The crimped manes at Chris Benz reminded us of cotton candy — fluffy, airy, and totally delicious. Have we mentioned how excited we are that crimped hair is back? Because we are — really, really excited.

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Working with Kèrastase, stylist Odile Gilbert created this fat and fun braid at Jason Wu, which she described as looking like a chicken with its tail tucked under. We don't see it, but we still love the look.

Photographed by Nina Westervelt
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Frankly, we don't feel enough designers utilize headbands. Thankfully, Erin Fetherston heard our cries and outfitted all of her models with these snazzy zippered options, which accentuated their softly curled, sideswept styles perfectly.

Photographed by Sara Haile
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Yes, we know you guys have probably seen this look like a billion times in our Fashion Week coverage, but we can't help ourselves — it's just so cool. We respect Wella Professionals color ambassador Aura for taking the notion of colored streaks and making it feel fresh and modern. Also, we want this for our hair NOW.

Photographed by Maia Harms
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At Thakoon, the idea of duality showed up again with the sleek roots and wavy hair combo, but this time it was accompanied by bobby pins functioning as a giant barrette. We love the creative use of pins and are definitely snagging this look for ourselves.

Photo: MCV Photo
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A holdover from last season, wet texture was also big this season, with stylists focusing the majority of the texture at the hairline and roots. The piece-y, slicked-back pony at Reed Krakoff is a prime example of this trend done to perfection — a.k.a. in a way that might actually inspire us to try it out at home.

Photographed by Maia Harms
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Continuing on with the punky, fierce vibe of the season, models at Rodarte got a faux-undercut courtesy of Kèrastase and Gilbert, who combed models' hair completely to the opposite side of their head and shellacked it down to create the shaved-head effect.

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We can't say we stand completely behind Mary-Kate and Ashley's hair choices — sometimes they look phenomenal and sometimes they look like panhandlers (sorry, ladies). Fortunately for us, backstage at The Row they opted to give models the former, with chic, slightly messy chignons that looked like the ultimate cool-girl hair accessory. We love this as a wedding hairstyle for a rad bride — it would look so amazing with a birdcage veil.

Photo: MCV Photo
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Marc Jacobs went the turban route at his Marc by Marc Jacobs show, and we couldn't be happier — the bright, punchy prints really play up models' glowing skin and gorgeously defined eyes, making for an unexpectedly awesome beauty moment.

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Bi-color braids at Kimberly Ovitz gave us pause, mostly because of the Daphne Guinness effect, but also partly for the cool, pulled-apart knot towards the tip, which adds some extra interest to an otherwise typical plait.

Photographed by Lia Schryver
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Wispy hair was another recurring runway theme, but too many of those styles ended up looking more caught-in-a-wind-tunnel rather than chic. The exception was Vera Wang, where Fekkai stylist Paul Hanlon created "hair turbans" (yeah! more turbans!) by roughing up hair and then folding it over top to create a fabric effect. Swoon.

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Granny chic got a whole new meaning at Theyskens' Theory, where models floated down the runway with icy-colored locks.

Photographed by Gunnar Larson
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We're digging the architectural, sculptural look of the hair at Suno, which was parted on the side and then swept back into a modern version of victory rolls. The shiny texture and crispness of the coiff keeps it from being too retro or costume-y.

Photo: MCV Photo
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Okay, so if you ignore the Harlequin doll makeup, we kind of like this kooky spin on bi-color hair at Anna Sui. Once again, that punk influence was apparent, with bright hair pieces being put over the models' heads, but then allowing their natural hair to peak through in ponytails at the back. It's definitely a new way to do color, which up until this point we've only seen either all over the head, in streaks, or on the ends.

Photo: MCV Photo
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