THE humble ponytail was the hairstyle of the season at the autumn/winter 2011-12 shows, with everyone from Marc Jacobs to Christopher Kane and Gucci pulling hair high up on the catwalk. Strict, clean, simple, natural – all words used to describe the easy style most of us pull our hair into every day. But when matched with a French maid’s outfit at Louis Vuitton, a sleek jacket at Todd Lynn, or a Sixties aesthetic at Burberry, a ponytail can become sexually charged, futuristic or a little bit rock ‘n’ roll with a few minimal styling tweaks.
Ponytails by Marc Jacobs
Key tips for Ponytails?
Wear your pony low and loose if you’re going for a mussed-up texture – as seen at Alexander Wang and Burberry.
Avoid the My Little Pony Club-equestrian look by wearing a high ponytail in the centre of the head and no higher than the brow line, unless you’re working it with an S&M twist like the girls at Louis Vuitton and Marc Jacobs. No exposed hairbands – wrap a piece of hair or a discreet strip of material around it to keep it covered. Play with textures and trimmings – see the Gucci models whose sleek ‘tails were crimped and then adorned with feathers for a glam-boho Seventies feel.
Ponytails Hair Trends Calvin Klein
Loose and low at Alexander Wang
Natural texture at Burberry
A poker-straight pony hair at Costume National
Swimming-pool hair at Christopher Kane
Slick, swimming-pool hair mirrors Christopher Kane’s “liquid” collection.
Textured low ponytail at Celine
A textured low ponytail adds a wearable feel to sleek clothing at Celine.
Ponytails Hair at House of Holland
Bouncy, girlish ponytails show off pearl earrings and embellishments at House of Holland.
Ponytails Hair Trend at Dries Van Noten
Functional hairbands are given a chic gold covering at Dries Van Noten.
Seventies crimping at Gucci
Seventies crimping and adorned with feathers at Gucci
Ponytails Trend at Louis Vuitton
Ponytails were strict, clean and efficient – just like a French maid – at Louis Vuitton.