models at alexander mcqueen with low ponytail hairstyles

See the whimsical low ponytail look from Alexander McQueen’s PFW show

The ponytail just got given a fashion twist.

Fashion house Alexander McQueen has become renowned for its out-of-this-world runway beauty looks. In the past, models have sported incredible woven braids and an array of show-stopping headdresses. But this week, the brand debuted an ethereal low ponytail style at their Paris Fashion Week autumn/winter 17 show, and it was mesmerising. Surprisingly, it was relatively parred back compared to the theatrics of previous years, but certainly no less impactful. Ready to get the low-down on the look? Well, just keep scrolling!

Alexander McQueen’s whimsical low ponytail look


brunette model at alexander mcqueen pfw show with low ponytail
Lived-in, bedhead hair has never looked so good! Credit:

Alexander McQueen’s creative director Sarah Burton drew heavily on medieval and Cornish pagan influences for the AW17 collection, and the hair at the show was tailored to reflect this. Models were sent out onto the runway with their locks styled into loose, low ponytails. Their hair had been crimped from ear level, giving the illusion of naturally windswept strands, as if the girls had just returned from a brisk, coastal stroll!

Depending on the natural length of the models’ hair, they were given wispy extensions to add an untamed, almost witch-like feel. We recently reported on the emerging red carpet trend for Rapunzel-length, flowing locks, so long-haired looks seem set to become even more prominent in the coming months.

brunette model at alexander mcqueen show with low ponytail tied at chest
The low ponytail style looked just as impressive from the front! Credit:

The hair look was just as captivating from the front as it was from the back, because 2 strands of hair were set loose from the front of the ponytail, and joined across the chest to create another mini pony. We’ve got a feeling that if we tried to recreate this style we’d risk looking a little more bedhead chic than high fashion. However, in comparison to previous fashion seasons, this is definitely one of the Alexander McQueen’s most wearable hairstyles yet!

Editor’s tip: Did you leave your crimper back in the ’90s? Don’t worry: just head over to our step-by-step DIY crimped hair tutorial to find out how to get the same wavy effect with a hairdryer! We recommend scrunching a walnut-sized amount of the Toni&Guy Wave Memorising Balm through the mid-lengths and ends of your hair after styling to help to define your style and prevent frizz.


What do you think of Alexander McQueen’s low ponytail style? For more #PFW news, click to find out how to get the Balmain AW17 cornrow hair look. Oh, and don’t forget to tweet us over at @AllThingsHairUK if you try out any of the styles – we love seeing your takes on the trends!

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