Key Hairstyle Trends From London Collections: Men AW15

Autumn/Winter 2015 Hairstyle Trends

The recent London Collections: Men autumn/winter 2015 shows were a hotbed for burgeoning hair trends, with the majority of brands shunning exaggerated, overly stylised cuts in favour of more modest, easily achievable styles. Today, we give you an insight into the hairstyles that designers and senior stylists are predicting we’ll be opting for later this year…

1. The Textured Look

Many designers took an unfussy approach to hair this season, choosing to keep plenty of length through the top while styling the hair forward onto the face. Though the basic structure of the cut was similar for several shows – long and fairly loose through the front, and only slighter shorter at the sides and back – designers tweaked the blueprint to coincide with their desired aesthetic. At Christopher Shannon, the brief was 1990s ravers with bowl cuts. Hair oil was used to produce a wet look finish, as though to suggest the models had slightly sweaty hair from dancing all night. Contrastingly, at Matthew Miller and James Long, the hair was blow dried using a sea salt spray to mattify the hair and encourage natural movement. A light hold product was then applied to give the style an effortless, textured finish:

Textured Men's Hair At London Collections: Men AW15

tom ford matthew miller James Long Christopher Shannon
Modern Lookbook Inspiration

If you already have good length through the top, you can either wear it straight forward with a full fringe, taking inspiration direct from the runways, or try a loose side parting, with the hair styled off your face. This often feels more comfortable for men who aren’t used, or don’t like, the sensation of hair on their forehead. As you can see below, if your hair is slightly shorter, or you’re in the early stages of growing it out, this type of cut can still work. Again, style the hair forward roughly using your fingers to achieve natural separation and texture from front to back:

Textured Men's Hairstyles Lookbook

Get The Look

To get the Christopher Shannon raver look, try applying Fudge Hair Gum/Shaper, Korres Styling Gel or American Crew Strong Hold Gel to damp hair, working it through with your fingers to produce a high shine finish with plenty of movement. For something similar to the styles on show at Tom Ford, Matthew Miller and James Long, apply Fudge Sea Salt Spray, d:fi Beach Bum or Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray to damp hair before letting it dry naturally. Finish by working a light hold paste like Fudge Ends, GO24.7 Texture Paste, Kevin Murphy Undressed or L’Oreal Depolish through the roots and ends to achieve that slightly dishevelled yet structured effect:

  • Fudge Hair Gum 150mlFudge Hair Gum 150ml
  • Korres Styling Gel Normal – 50mlKorres Styling Gel Normal - 50ml
  • American Crew Firm Hold Gel 250mlAmerican Crew Firm Hold Gel 250ml
  • Fudge Salt Spray 150mlFudge Salt Spray 150ml
  • D:fi Beach Bum Texturizing Spray 125mlD:fi Beach Bum Texturizing Spray 125ml
  • Bumble And Bumble Surf Spray 50mlBumble And Bumble Surf Spray 50ml
  • Go 24:7 Texture Paste 59mlGo 24:7 Texture Paste 59ml
  • Un.dressed Fiber Paste 100 GUn.dressed Fiber Paste 100 G
  • Loreal Professionnel Tecni Art Depolish 100mlLoreal Professionnel Tecni Art Depolish 100ml
2. The Slick Look

A firm favourite of stylists and trendsetters for the past few seasons, slick hair was the go-to for a host of designers at London Collections: Men. At J.W. Anderson, models wore an extreme slicked back style with a high shine that complemented the designer’s signature androgynous aesthetic, while at Gieves & Hawkes, hair was slicked back tight but given slightly more volume through the use of a wide-toothed comb. Casely-Hayford’s models also sported slicked back styles, but these weren’t as precise. A little flick was sometimes used towards the end of the hair, which perfectly complemented the brand’s signature tailoring with a punk-inspired twist. Elsewhere, at Alexander McQueen, fringes were slicked forward over the forehead and often separated into strands for a more Gothic feel:

Slick and High Shine Hairstyles At London Collections: Men AW15

J.W. Anderson Casely-Hayford Gieves & Hawkes alexander mcqueen
Modern Lookbook Inspiration

High shine hair is on trend for 2015 and can be styled in a number of ways. Remember that runway looks are designed to be dramatic and often need to be toned down slightly for real life. For instance, if you have a corporate job, wet look, scraped back hair is probably not appropriate for the boardroom. But a neat side parting or quiff with a healthy shine to it? Ideal. In the end, the style and amount of shine you opt for should be determined by your individual taste, comfort level and lifestyle:

Men's High Shine, Slick and Wet Look Hairstyles

Get The Look

To achieve a shine effect, start by applying some American Crew Pomade/Grooming Cream, Kevin Murphy Super Goo or Fudge Hair Varnish to either dry or towel dried hair. Next, use a comb to sculpt your desired look, working meticulously through each section of your hair – there shouldn’t be a hair out of place by the end. If you’re after more of a wet look, start by towel drying your hair roughly into the position you want to wear it. Next, apply a styling product like American Crew Superglue, Korres Gel, American Crew Medium/Strong Hold Gel or Fudge Hair Gum to the hair and leave it to set naturally.

  • American Crew Pomade 85gmAmerican Crew Pomade 85gm
  • Kevin Murphy Super Goo 100gKevin Murphy Super Goo 100g
  • Fudge Styling Hair Varnish 70gFudge Styling Hair Varnish 70g
  • American Crew Superglue 100mlAmerican Crew Superglue 100ml
  • Korres Styling Gel Normal – 50mlKorres Styling Gel Normal - 50ml
  • American Crew Classic Medium Hold Spray Gel 250mlAmerican Crew Classic Medium Hold Spray Gel 250ml
  • American Crew Firm Hold Gel 250mlAmerican Crew Firm Hold Gel 250ml
  • Fudge Hair Gum 150mlFudge Hair Gum 150ml
  • Soft Water Pomade Baxter Of CaliforniaSoft Water Pomade Baxter Of California
3. The Quiff

Timeless and classically masculine, the quiff was a firm fixture on London’s autumn/winter 2015 runways. To complement their old-school, generously-cut tailoring, E. Tautz chose a statement quiff with plenty of height at the front and volume throughout. Legendary Savile Row brand Hardy Amies opted for something similar, showing plenty of side-parted quiffs that weren’t quite as dramatic as those seen at E. Tautz. At the other end of the spectrum, Belstaff went for a slightly dishevelled, matte-effect quiff, which made it look like the models had just taken off their motorcycling helmets. Meanwhile, at luxury American label Coach, hair of varying lengths was swept nonchalantly to the side for a similarly effortless feel:

Men's Quiffs On The London Collections: Men Runways

E. Tautz coach Hardy Amies Belstaff
Modern Lookbook Inspiration

The quiff is a classic, sophisticated and low maintenance cut, making it a fail-safe option for men of all ages. This year, we should see a move away from the dramatic, tightly clippered styles that have dominated the industry throughout 2014, with slightly more length left through the back and sides:

Men's Classic Quiff Hairstyles Lookbook

Get The Look

To create this classic yet contemporary style, start by applying a little Tigi Motor Mouth or American Crew Boost Cream to damp hair, before blow drying with a vented brush to create optimal volume. Take care in choosing your styling products as this makes all the difference to the look of your quiff. Arguably the best approach is to sprinkle some texture dust into the root area (try Fudge Elevate Styling Powder) for added support, then comb through a light styling product such as American Crew Texture Lotion to achieve a natural finish. However, if you’re looking for something that will give you more control, without sacrificing volume, try a matte clay or paste like Kevin Murphy Gritty Business, Fudge Matt Hed or Lock, Stock and Barrel Disorder Ultra Matte Clay. Cement your perfectly coiffed style with a super-strong hairspray, like Fudge Skyscraper.

  • Tigi Bedhead Motor Mouth 237mlTigi Bedhead Motor Mouth 237ml
  • American Crew Crew Boost Cream 125mlAmerican Crew Crew Boost Cream 125ml
  • Mi Salon Series Ceramic Vent BrushMi Salon Series Ceramic Vent Brush
  • Fudge Big Hair Elevate Styling Powder 10gFudge Big Hair Elevate Styling Powder 10g
  • American Crew Light Hold Texture Lotion 250mlAmerican Crew Light Hold Texture Lotion 250ml
  • Finish By Kevin.murphy 110mlFinish By Kevin.murphy 110ml
  • Fudge Matte Hed 75gFudge Matte Hed 75g
  • Lock Stock & Barrel Disorder Ultra Matte Clay 100gLock Stock & Barrel Disorder Ultra Matte Clay 100g
  • Fudge Unleaded Skyscraper Spray 70gFudge Unleaded Skyscraper Spray 70g
Final Word

Perhaps the most interesting thing about fashion week is that the same models work across so many different events, each with its own specific aesthetic and hairstyling. It just goes to show how much flexibility we have when styling our hair to seamlessly match our outfit. Will you be trying any of these looks for 2015? Do you have any personal tips or recommended products for creating any of these styles? Be sure to let us know in the comments section below.

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