There’s no doubt that New York Fashion Week boasts some of the most innovative and striking beauty looks on its runways. While European cities like Paris and Milan tend to lean towards sleek and chic hair to complement the longstanding legacies of their ateliers, NYFW leans towards progressive young designers who want to show diversity not only in their clothing and model casting but in their idea of beauty as well. This season, Bumble & Bumble impressed unique styling that is sure to be referenced in editorials, red carpets, and daily life.

For the Gypsy Sport show, Hair Lead and Bumble & Bumble’s Global Fashion Director Laurent Philippon combined the show’s jungle inspiration with the focus of diversity and gender neutrality. “With the hair, we’re embracing each model’s individual style and the ‘natural state of being,’ so we turned to plants to symbolize our organic roots. It’s such a beautiful and positive message.”

Using products PrepBb.Curl Pre-Style/Re-Style PrimerSpray de Mode, and Bb.Curl Anti-Humidity Gel Oil, Philippon and his team naturally enhanced models’ textured hair and adhered foliage using bungees and pins. To paint organic lines, shape, and movement on closely-shaved hair, the stylist turned to MAC Cosmetics’ Chromacake.

For Miaou’s SS19 styles, Philippon went with a ’90s vibe – the era of Drew Barrymore, Calvin Klein, Kate Moss. “We wanted crunch – 1990s crunch…. And given the spring season, we weren’t afraid of a wet, almost sweaty look.”

The impressive array of styles included natural curls, chic bobs, beachy waves, bandanas, and headbands. Using  Go Big Treatment, Thickening SprayDoes It AllHairdresser’s Invisible Oil,Spray de Mode, the focus of the style began in the roots and worked its way to the tips with lots of volume and drama.

For Rebecca de Ravenel collection, the designer wanted to push a nostalgic feminity. “I start each collection with a room, I start with a fabric and I look at old interiors that really inspire me. This season, I took the girl outside. She is running through a field – grabbing the tablecloth and putting it around her waist. Think Liv Taylor in Stealing Beauty; natural beauties that are very free-spirited, feminine, and not trying so hard. The happy, free-spirited, feminine girl.”

Hair lead Lucas Wilson wanted to translate the effeminate nature of the collection with a light wave – something simple, soft, and, of course, feminine. Using the Bumble & Bumble Thickening SprayPrepBrilliantine, and Don’t Blow It products, the team worked with an iron to create soft S-waves. Combined with versatile dresses, flower accessories, and wide-brimmed hats, the entire collection was a garden party dream.

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