We went behind the scenes with Redken and CND at Toronto Fashion Week (TFW) S/S 2019 and got the lowdown on the hair and nail looks and trends featured during the hattrick of shows on September 4 to 6.
TFW Hair Trends for S/S 2019:
For the inside scoop on all things hair, we spoke with Jorge Joao, lead hairstylist for Redken.
According to Joao, the first day of fashion week kicked off with fresh and feminine bohemian and bridal-inspired looks. “On day one, we saw a combination of bohemian and festival hair. The looks were mix and matched and featured braids, tousles and undone ponytails.”
Get the Bohemian Look:
- Spray Pillow-Proof Primer Spray onto wet hair and layer with Full Frame 07, starting from the root.
- Blow-dry hair with a paddle brush to create texture and volume.
- Spray Iron Shape 11 on each strand of hair as you set with 1 1/4 inch curling iron.
- Spray Fashion Waves 07 Sea-Salt Spray onto the curls and then lightly brush them out.
- Grab various hair pieces to create 3 strand braids in different places.
- Place your choice of flowers throughout the hair.
- Finish your look with Triple Take 32 .
- TIP: Using eyelash glue will help keep the flowers in place on your locks!
Clean and “Wet” Looks
The “wet” trend was seen on day one in the Narces’ show and continued throughout other TFW shows on day two. “For Sid Neigum’s show, we worked with slick, condensed, clean hair tucked behind the ear and covered it with product, giving it an iridescent and holographic feel,” says Joao.
Get the “Wet” Look:
- Spray Pillow-Proof Primer Spray onto wet hair and layer with Guts 10 from roots to end.
- Using a wide toothed comb, comb hair back roughly, without over sleeking, keeping a natural texture.
- Spray Triple Take 32 Hairspray for extreme hold.
- Finish with Shine Flash 02 for high shine.
- TIP: Use generous amounts of GUTS 10 which will keep your wet look in place for an extended period of time.
Medieval Rock & Roll
Seen throughout David Kollar’s men’s collection, Joao described the hair looks as “edgy”, which were created by working with the models’ natural hair textures. “The looks were done and put together, but with an edge. They were slicked back and clean with a bit of a pompadour.”
Traditional—with an “Old School” Twist
Deriving from an unique inspiration source, a trend seen on day two was described by Joao as an “Italian grandmother theme”, which featured low buns with side or centre parts, tied loosely at the nape of the neck. Along with low buns, we also saw many ponytails. “A ponytail can be at once elegant, young and fun – don’t take yourself so seriously!” said Joao.
Get the Runway Ponytail Look:
- Spray Pillow-Proof Primer Spray and apply Full Frame 07, starting from the root.
- Blast dry the hair away from the face, using your fingers.
- Using Fashion Works 12 for control, brush and gather the hair at the crown of the head to create a high ponytail.
- Take a strand of hair from the ponytail and wrap around the base of the ponytail to hide the elastic
- Gently pull out little pieces of hair along the hairline to soften the look.
- Finish by using Windblow 05 to frothen and add volume to ponytail.
- TIP: When hiding the elastic, take the small strand of hair, saturating it with Tripe Take 32. Then, wrap around the elastic to hide it, use a blow dryer to heat the product and set it.
“For Alex S. Yu’s show, we did a lot of unconventional looks, which included putting stripes on hair using product,” says Joao. “Another interesting use of accessories was for Daniel Gregory Natale’s show, where we created traditional chignon buns with banana clips to place on the hair.”
TFW Nail Trends:
For the lowdown on nails, we chatted with CND’s brand manager, Danielle Causarano and education manager, Jennifer Mather.
#ICYMI: CND teamed up with Toronto-based salon Her Majesty’s Pleasure to create five looks for TFW that gave us some major #nailinspo!
Floral Meets Nude
The nude nail trend was featured in multiple shows on the runway this year, with a special touch. “Everything is a little bit of “retro unboxed” this year. Everyone has gone with the usual nudes or pastels, but have all added different qualities to those colours,” says Mather. “For Narces’ show, Her Majesty’s Pleasure used dried flowers.”
“For Victoria Hayes’ show, there was a contrast of colour, which included coral, crimson, pale blues, greens and yellows all working together. She had a very unique “vintage-Miami” feel,” says Mather.
Pièce de Résistance
3D-inspired nails were a big hit at TFW this year. Mather says, “Hayley Elsaesser’s show featured animated nails; from plaids to fried eggs to a whole bunch of different three-dimensional things on the nails. Everything took a bit of depth or reflection this year.”
Design and Textures
Combining finishes was an ongoing nail trend this season. Causarano explained the versatility of this trend and why it’s here to stay. “With nail art, there’s so much flexibility. We’ve just started to explore all the things we can do with multiple textures and finding new ways to play with them.”
Photos: George Pimentel Photography