This Was the Biggest Hair Trend of NYFW
It’s a bit knotty.
The spring 2016 New York Fashion Week saw some braids (Mara Hoffman); a lot of natural texture (Alexander Wang); a bit of sleek, smooth hair (Hugo Boss); and a few great ponytails. But the mane look that really took over the season was something refreshingly new and different: knots.
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And no, we don’t mean topknots, aka buns. We mean literally tying the hair in knots. It’s cool and chic without trying too hard. Hairstylist James Pecis was behind many of them — from Creatures of the Wind to Ryan Roche. We caught up with him about the trend backstage at J. Mendel, where he was leading the team for Beauty.com using PHYTO.
“I’ve done a lot of tying the hair. I braid so much and I got bored of braiding, so we’re trying to do a looser, easier version of that,” said Pecis. Other shows like Lela Rose, Nicholas K and Edun also featured versions of hair tying. “Especially for New York you want that ease for everything, and what’s easier than like, ‘I just do not give a fuck, I’m going to tie my hair in a knot,’ you know?”
Actress Kiernan Shipka recently attended an event in L.A. with a cool braided and knotted mohawk-style ‘do by hairstylist Kylee Heath, further cementing the knot as a trend. At Rachel Antonoff, styles included braids but also easy knots, which are accomplished by simply sectioning the hair in two and tying it as many times as desired. It couldn’t be easier technique-wise, but there are some tricks to mastering the look.
“It’s all about product, because your hair will not stay [without it],” said Pecis. “PHYTO Matte Texturizing Paste ($24) will help keep [hair] from sliding out; you definitely need product on clean hair. Or dirty hair and dry shampoo works." Secure with pins as well. And have fun with it — knot smaller sections, larger sections, and just once for a really casual, carefree look or many times for something more elaborate and "done."
Added Pecis, “A knot is a little more sporadic and out of control [than a braid]. If you keep tying knots on the same side it creates an amazing pattern, almost like a friendship bracelet; if you keep alternating, it looks more organic. Play with it sometime.”