Colored Hair Trend Gets a Thumbs-Up From Uptown Designers

Uptown standbys Oscar de la Renta and Peter Som cater to the ladies who lunch crowd with rich fabrics, flattering cuts and hyper-luxe materials, and their collections are instaclassics the Upper East Side set. But for the past few seasons, both Som and de la Renta have added touches of downtown decadence to their models’ makeup and hair. This season, the two designers had their models’ coif shot through with shocking colors (at Oscar) and myriad rainbow hues (at Som). Did it shake up their proper lady clientele? We haven’t seen crimson streaks just yet on the ladies lined up outside the Madison Ave. outpost of Lauduree, but we’re sure we’re going to see even more of the hair color trend that started last fall.

Oscar de la Renta Spring 2013

Oscar de la Renta Spring 2013

An arbiter of uptown chic since his brand’s inception, Oscar de la Renta is often quoted saying that he eschews trends and just wants to make beautiful clothes. That mindset might just be why the designer’s collections seem so far removed from the rest of the frenzied, frenetic pace of New York Fashion Week. (He holds his shows at a former church on Park Avenue.) But while he may feign trend ignorance, the high priest of haute living showed perfectly coiffed bouffants shot through with crimson and cobalt that put him right on trend in the beauty department.

Oscar’s streaks are much different from the more popular ombré and dip-dye hair that’s all been over the blogosphere and seen sauntering around the fountains at Lincoln Center. “I’m over the dip dye look with color,” said Katie Fate, a member of the Kerastasé Artistic Team. “It’s Pinterest hair. It’s really cool to do it with hair mascara. You don’t have to do damaging things to your hair to get colors in it. No Manic Panic.”

Peter Som Spring 2013

Peter Som Spring 2013

In a collection inspired by the ultimate upper crust grand dame, Brooke Astor, a smattering of rainbow streaks may seem out of place. But Peter Som’s never intentionally reached for that upper crust. Instead, he’s always been a favorite of the daughters of the ladies who lunch.

His other muse of the season, Courtney Love, came through the collection via not-so-subtle streaks and some of the less tailored pieces including floral-print shorts courtesy a new collaboration with denim brand Earnest Sewn (Can grunge go glam?). In addition to adding the streaks, models sported hair that was much more undone than usual for Som, who’s more prone to bouncy curls and sleek updos. Is his girl finally loosening up or is she just hanging out with the wrong crowd these days? We’ll have to see what turns she takes next.

For the Som or Oscar looks, try Sultra’s hair mascara ($24), available at Sephora.

Theyskens’ Theory Spring 2013

Theyskens’ Theory Spring 2013

Theory is a brand that draws from all groups of people. After all, who doesn’t snag a slew of Theory basics when they start their very first big-girl job? When they added designer Olivier Theyskens into their team, however, the brand’s offshoot line, Theysken’s Theory, took a turn away from everyday office wear to a much edgier vibe. Another way to take a typical Theory look out of the office? Theysken’s Theory models sported short blue bobs so saturated with product that they looked like they’d been soaked through during a surprise downpour. Models that didn’t get the blue treatment had wet auburn-hued hair. Though we’re not sure we could commit to an entire head of blue hair, we’d be down with a sprinkling just for fun.

Photos courtesy Vogue.com and Style.com

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Author:Christopher Luu for Fashion Trends Daily

Christopher Luu is a Fashion Trends Daily Senior Writer and Menswear Editor.