New York Fashion Week backstages are beautiful, organized chaos, but nonetheless, still chaos. Amidst the clouds of hairspray, blinding camera flashes, and hordes of media clamoring in cramped spaces to capture a model’s best smize, there is one omnipresent thing that personifies zen: The boxes, bags, and bundles of fake hair.
While attention-grabbing wigs like the ones that walked Jeremy Scott and Anna Sui, bask in the spotlight, extensions and hair pieces are the true heroes of the backstage beauty circuit. A true workhorse of backstage beauty, they can go from being soft, still, and inconspicuous, to being camouflaged on the runway with nary a mention in subsequent style tutorials, all while compliant to heat-styling and ready to serve. Here, a behind-the-scenes look at the humble wefts of hair that helped make NYFW fall 2019 happen.