Designers are marching into fall with head and hair held high. Ponytails have been everywhere this season, but the real eye-catchers are the unapologetically bold ones. Grey Ant moved slightly crimped, frizzy ponytails to the side, provoking eighties flashbacks. At Sass & Bide, hair was put beneath berets and wrapped sky-high up in black ribbons. And Lydia Hearst’s infamously dyed red hair was softly curled and pinned atop her head at ThreeAsFour. Though these styles will keep the hair out of your face, they’re only meant for girls who want all the attention.
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Waistbands Shoot for the Sky
After years of creeping steadily south, the waistband has shot up so high that even your mother’s jeans will be chic this fall. High-waisted pants and denim hit the runways in droves at Bruce, Grey Ant, Erin Fetherston, and Karen Walker. Grey Ant’s wide-legged pair dipped seductively in the back, with just the suggestion of butt cleavage. Fetherston cinched at the waist, with pleating that won’t be flattering for all. Bruce’s deep blue-denim hugged the hips and tummy, making them even less figure-friendly than your skinniest jeans.
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Jennifer Mankins of Bird Has a Thing for High-Waisted Jeans
Throughout the week, buyers from Bergdorf Goodman, Bird, Intermix, and Jeffrey New York will tell us which runway looks they plan to snatch up for fall. Jennifer Mankins, owner of Brooklyn boutique Bird, files her first picks — she’s favoring Grey Ant, Bruce, Karen Walker, and Sue Stemp so far.