Mary Katrantzou Makes the Case for Spunky Clip-In Streaks

For Mary Katrantzou’s Fall 2019 collection at London Fashion Week yesterday, the designer sectioned her rainbow-bright lineup into four distinct themes, all centered around nature: earth, air, fire, and water. Her multicolored plumage-adorned dresses were airy indeed, while some neutral-toned dresses, heavy on the embellishment, were decidedly more earthy. For the beauty direction, Katrantzou mimicked these seasonal inspirations: For the hair, she worked with stylist Anthony Turner and colorist Josh Wood to create textured, hand-painted hair pieces—all clipped onto the models’ natural tresses—that tied into the colorful fabrics of the clothes.

Taking cues from the neon clip-ins that were so favored during the ’90s and early aughts, Wood created dimensional, ombré hair pieces—he called it “patterned hair”—that were custom-matched to each girl’s natural hues. Most of the styles were kept sideswept with an easy, air-dried quality. Some were soft and ethereal, like the pastel pink and orange extensions worked into one model’s light brown mane; others went bolder, like the chunky, bright purple pieces clipped onto fiery red hair. The faux highlights all had an environmentally minded feel that kept it cohesive, though, with colors ranging from mossy greens to sunny yellows.

A cheeky finishing accent to the show, the playful locks ultimately made the case for a return to spunky clip-ins from the not-so-distant past. It deserves a moment again—clearly. What was once tacky is now a chic, and unabashedly fun, way to switch up your style. So for the next party or night out, just clip in your favorite color and go. Anyone who questions the choice? Just assure them: It’s runway-approved.