The best backstage hairstyles from MFW

Serving up the biggest hair trends direct from the Milan shows.

Before we turn our attention to Paris and the final shows of spring/summer 2019, we’re taking a look back over the past week in Milan.

From the Fendi top knot you’ve seen all over Instagram to oversized satin headbands at Prada, Milan might just be the most exciting runway we’ve seen so far! Read on to find out why.

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Milan Fashion Week SS19: Two models at Prada, one with a short dark pixie cut and one with a blonde pixie, both wearing oversized satin headbands and short micro bangs
Sixties Twiggy gone glam. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Baby bangs & headbands at Prada

Headbands just got the Prada treatment, where models donned pumped-up satin versions covered with bows, studs and crystals.

Micro fringes were cut in, while spidery lashes and nude lips gave a sixties, doll-like beauty.

More on the micro fringe trend, here

Milan Fashion Week SS19: Close-up shot of a model at Fendi with a top knot
Top class top knots from Fendi. Credit:

Wispy top knots at Fendi

The topknot got a wispy makeover at Fendi, with soft curly tendrils framing the face and the bun positioned right on the top of the head.

With Bella and Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner among the A-list line-up, this look is going to go stratospheric.

Master the model top knot with our how-to

Milan Fashion Week SS19: Brunette model at Philosophy Di Lorenzo Serafini with long wavy hair and a cream rope braided headband
Braids will be your crowning glory. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Braided crowns at Philosophy Di Lorenzo Serafini

Braids were the focal point at Philosophy Di Lorenzo Serafini – but not in the way you might expect. Instead of braids in the hair, it was braided rope halos that stole the show and affirmed the bohemian, free-spirited feel of the collection.

Milan Fashion Week SS19: Backstage shot of a model at Emporio Armani with dark curly hair in a tousled updo
Curls commanded attention at Armani. Credit:

Tousled curls at Emporio Armani

Ultra-straight glass hair may be in right now, but over at Emporio Armani curls reigned supreme. Worn up in tousled updos, ringlets were teased for a fluffed-up, full look that truly celebrated the texture.

Editor’s tip: Spray your curls with the TONI&GUY Curl Sculpting Spray to help make them look more defined and fend off frizz.

Milan Fashion Week SS19: Close-up of a model at Dolce & Gabbana wearing a golden crown tiara with gold headphones
Princess hair of dreams at D&G. Credit:

Regal opulence at Dolce and Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana finally solved the woes of princesses everywhere – crowns with built-in headphones! Why didn’t anyone think of this sooner?!

Milan Fashion Week SS19: Close-up runway shot of Gigi Hadid at Versace with sleek hair tucked behind her ear with a Versace clip
Versace, Versace. Credit:

Medusa hair slides at Versace

We’re more than partial to a good hair accessory and Versace‘s Medusa hair slides are a vibe. Worn either side of the hair, which was slicked back and blown out, they accentuated the exaggerated Amy Winehouse-esque eyeliner, for the best clubbing hair ever.


Now we know what’s coming next season, read on to see all the hairstyles the AW18 runways said we’d be wearing right now. Did our runway predictions come true?

brunette model at moschino milan fashion week wearing a yellow sixties outfit with a matching beret and retro flipped out hair
Models transformed into Jackie Kennedy over at Moschino’s AW18 show. Credit:

Jackie Kennedy vibes at Moschino

If Moschinos show reminded you of anyone, it’s because Creative Director Jeremy Scott looked to none other than former First Lady, the late Jackie Kennedy, as the inspiration for the brand’s AW18 collection.

With a line-up of 2-piece skirt suits in a whole rainbow of different colours, models wore wigs styled into ’60s bouffants, complete with flicked out ends and pillbox hats.

Brigitte Bardot, Jane Birkin and now Jackie O, the ’60s power is really gaining momentum!

brunette model at the antioni marras aw18 milan fashion week show with a twisted updo wearing a suit
Androgyny with a touch of retro flair. Credit:

Sophisticated updos at Antonio Marras

The Antonio Marras show told a story of Italian emigration, with the collection and the hair adding to the storytelling of days gone by.

Models wore their hair in wet-look, masculine style updos, which gave them a half 1920s flapper look and half 1940s Victory Rolls feel.

Editor’s tip: You don’t need to get your hair wet to rock the oil slick effect. All you need is a bit of the VO5 Wet Look Styling Gel and a comb, and you’ll be set – literally!

red haired runway model at the jil sander milan fashion week aw18 show with a gravity defying braid
The styles at Jil Sander quite literally defied the laws of physics. Credit:

Gravity-defying braids at Jil Sander

It wouldn’t be fashion week without a few braids thrown in for good measure now, would it? Well Jil Sander knows this better than anyone, deciding to take this fashion week favourite and give it a whole new dimension by imbuing them with GRAVITY DEFYING properties.

The models’ slicked back, shiny braids were made super stiff so that even as the models strutted down the runway, they never lost their shape. What’s next, magnetic manes?!

hailey baldwin at the tommy hilfiger x gigi hadid milan fashion week show with hidden braids and beachy waves
Beachy hair done best. Credit:

Beachy waves & hidden braids at Tommy Hilfiger

As Gigi Hadid‘s final colab with the brand, Tommy Hilfiger’s formula one themed show was always going to be a spectacle.

Giving classic, sexy beach hair a festival twist, models like Hailey Baldwin (above) had teeny tiny hidden braids woven into tousled hair, giving the all American brand a more festival-y vibe.

Editor’s tip: To add a beachy texture to your own tresses, spritz a sea salt spray, like the VO5 Sea Salt Spray, onto your locks before styling to add texture and body.

brunette model at the au jour le jour milan fashion week aw18 show with twisted bangs
Granny chic never looked so good. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Victory rolls at Au Jour Le Jour

Au Jour Le Jour wanted to take the idea of ‘granny’ fashion and bring it into 2018, so naturally the hair had the same idea.

Models wore their bangs in 1940s style victory rolls, twisted back and away from the face for a truly timeless style. If this is how grandmas are dressing nowadays we’re gonna have to up our game!

bella hadid at the versace show with shoulder length lob hair with bright red highlights
Versace’s vivid highlights are making us want streaks again. Credit:


Versace‘s AW 17/18 collection featured a lot of monochrome, offset with bright pops of colour.

The hair look fittingly reflected this contrast, with models hitting the runway with punky, vivid highlights in shocking shades of red, yellow, orange, and blue. See, colour can be chic after all!

Editor’s tip: Tempted to try out coloured highlights? Then ensure your hue stays looking as bold as possible, by using a shampoo and conditioner which specially target coloured hair, like the TRESemmé Colour Revitalise Colour Vibrance Protection Shampoo and Conditioner.

brunette model wearing a stripy navy and white jumper with her long hair braided
Finally the messy braid is getting the recognition it deserves! Our lazy girl hearts are loving it. Credit: Rex by Shutterstock

Alberta Ferretti

Now, you know we love a good braid here at All Things Hair, so Alberta Ferretti’s romantic, messy plaits were right up our street. While it was actually just a simple 3-strand plait, the key to this style was that it wasn’t too perfect.

Loose strands were pulled out around the face and neckline to give a more lived-in, relaxed vibe. Messy and fashion pack approved? Yep, we can definitely get on board with this one!

model wearing lilac dress with her brunette hair in a quiffed updo
We need someone to show us how to recreate this retro style please! Credit:

Bottega Veneta

Bottega Veneta‘s AW 17/18 collection was a throwback to the fashion trends of days gone by, with plenty of shoulder pads and belted waists on display. Models looked stunning with intricately quiffed updos, which perfectly complemented the retro, structured feel of the clothes.

Editor’s tip: If you want to try and recreate this look at home, make sure it stays put by using the TONI&GUY Extreme Style Creation Hairspray.

We love this multi-tasker as not only does it help to lock your style in place when you’re done, you can actually use it during styling, too, to make it easier to create dramatic looks!

brunette model wearing a floral dress and matching floral crown
Luisa Beccaria serving up all the floral fairytale vibes. Credit:

Luisa Beccaria

Thought flower crowns were just for festivals? Well think, again! At Luisa Beccaria hair was styled into loose, hippy waves and topped off with floral headbands, inspired by the pretty embroidery in the collection. Basically it’s every girly girl’s dream come true!

To help boost this style, and to really bring out a relaxed, undone vibe to your look, opt to cut some long layers into your mane. This will ramp up the texture of your locks and give you loads of natural-looking movement!

gigi hadid at the moschino milan fashion week show wearing a blonde retro inspired wig
Gigi or Cersei Lannister? You decide… Credit:


We always look forward to seeing what crazy hairstyles Moschino will come up with next, and this season was just as fun as ever.

Taking inspiration from timeless beauty icons Audrey Hepburn and Twiggy, the next generation of models like Gigi Hadid (above) sported 60s-style wigs, which looked utterly amazing! So, you heard it here first: bouffant updos are back on the menu.


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