The Low Bun is Officially Back at New York Fashion Week S/S ’23 – The Zoe Report
There are certain hairstyle trends that emerge that, at face value, seem super easy to pull off, but once you get into your own bathroom to do your ‘do, you realize how difficult they can be to get right. For the longest time, the low bun seemed to fall into this category. It’s a style that appears easy, breezy, and minimal, but can feel a little intimidating if you’re not one used to slicking your strands down and back. (Plus, it can easily fall into Founding Fathers territory for a few of us unfortunate souls.) But the low bun is back on the New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2023 runway, and luckily, it appears to be a lot more accessible this season.
This isn’t the first time a low bun has been spotted at NYFW. The style reined supreme for Spring/Summer 2021, with designers like Alice + Olivia, Sandy Liang, and Tom Ford sending polished iterations of the look down the runway. That season, however, things were a lot more adorned. Bejeweled hair pins and flouncy bows accented these low-maintenance styles, which helped give them a little extra oomph.
And while the accessories seem to be taking a back seat this season, the buns of NYFW S/S ‘23 seem to be a little less stuffy. This isn’t your typical one-size-fits-all low bun. In fact, backstage, hairstylists seem to be approaching the style in a choose-your-own adventure type of way, making it much more accessible. Christian Siriano, PatBo, and Alice + Olivia have all shown their versions of this style. And while they may differ in terms of inspiration and technique, there are a few through lines to this trend: Lots of gel, structural accents, and high shine.
It’s only about halfway through New York Fashion Week S/S ‘23, so expect to see this trend continue to crop up. But if you’re ready to jump on your low buns ASAP, keep scrolling for a little inspiration from the best looks of the week so far.
Courtesy of TRESemme.
It comes as no surprise that the beauty look at Christian Siriano was inspired by Old Hollywood. The designer held his Spring/Summer ‘23 show at NYFW at Elizabeth Taylor’s old apartment, infusing the evening with some silver screen glamour. The hair, however, called to mind another starlet of the time.
“The style is a modern take on the iconic Audrey Hepburn bun–confident and sleek, with a little edge,” said lead stylist Lacy Redway. She first created a deep side part and swept the hair into a low bun with the help of TRESemmé’s Tres Two Extra Hold Gel. Redway then used a comb to create that vintage-inspired separation across the forehead, giving the look a little more texture and dimension.
For extra hold, Redway then applied TRESemmé Tres Two Extra Hold Volumizing Mousse to the style and dried it with a blow dryer, giving the hair high shine and volume. She finished with a generous mist of hairspray to set the whole look, ensuring there were zero flyaways as the models made their way down the runway.
Courtesy of Maria Del Russo.
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