Runway to Reality: S/S19 trends made wearable

Some of the looks on the runway are stunning, but a bit… out there. With the help of Revlon Professional’s catwalk king, John Vial, we break down two high fashion looks for the high street

How many times do you see undeniably beautiful hair work paraded down the catwalk and think ‘I love it… but I could never wear that’. From the glitter-saturated strands at Giambatista Valli and feather caps at Dries Van Noten, to exquisite sculptured shapes at the likes of Dior and Antonio Marras, there were plenty of bold hair looks for S/S19 to catch our eyes.

Turning it into something wearable? Now that’s another challenge.

We turned to John Vial, co-founder of London’s Salon Sloane and Revlon Professional global influencer. John’s experience runs the full creative spectrum – from weird and wonderful runway designs, through to celebrity event styling and everyday looks at the salon. We tasked him with breaking down two of his key looks for S/S19, to deconstruct the unwearable into the wearable. Here’s what he came up with…

Mary Katrantzou S/S19

Runway: The key themes at Mary Katrantzou S/S19 show were contrast, texture and shine, both in the hair and the clothes.  Following this dual texture brief we created two ponytails at the back of the head – think Little House on the Prairie at the back, soft Mohican at the front.  We also kept a soft, fluid texture almost ethereal around the hairline, while the sides were nailed down hard for a glass-like finish.

Reality: For a more everyday version of this look, try a sleek ponytail with softer, flyaway pieces around the hairline to frame the face and make the look less severe.

KEY PRODUCTS: Revlon Professional Style Masters Modular Hairspray, Revlon Professional Orofluido Styling Volume Mousse.

Louise Gray S/S19

Runway: It was all about freedom. Louise Gray believes in adding a bit of fantasy, colour and fun to her collections which are bold, bright and imaginative. At the show, heads were shaved and coloured using abstract shapes to create clean, angular shapes on the hair.

Reality: For a more wearable version, ask your colourist to add a panel of colour a couple of shades lighter than your natural shade under your hairline.  It will add contrast and either make strong haircuts appear even sharper and more defined, or add depth for a more textured haircut.

KEY PRODUCTS: Revlon Professional Colorsmetique Satinescent in metallic shades, Revlon Professional Nutri Color Creme.