Sunday, October 1, 2023

Trend to Try: Join the Japanese-Inspired Hair Tribe

Extending our thoughts on “Tribes” this month to cover beauty, Team SPICE have had an eye on the trends to follow for super-chicness – and what better ‘tribe’ to be in with, than the elegant top knot gang, who are taking their inspiration from Japan?

Yes, Japanese-inspired buns and Sumo knots were seen on the heads of models everywhere from Calvin Klien, to Carolina Herrera and Altuzzara’s runways, leaving a look that we’ve been lusting over since they made their debut for Spring/Summer’15;

At Carolina Herrera’s Spring/Summer showcase, which held during New York Fashion Week, the models wore very angular and unique sumo knots that stood atop their head like stiff mini-sculptures…

…The hair was styled by Orlando Pita who fashioned them to complement Herrera’s flower-inspired collection…

Calvin Klien’s buns were not as full and classy, Hairstylist Guido Palau had a softer take, pairing Calvin Klein's signature minimal styles with messy-chic updos.The models who wore the hair at Francisco Costa’s Spring 2015 collection for Calvin Klein looked super sophisticated and edgy.
…For Altuzarra, the buns came neat and unusual, shaped like a heart, with hairstylist Odile Gilbert creating a chic low styles held together by a near-invisible hairnet…

Calvin Klein Collection - Runway - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015
…And for Calvin Klein, the buns came very sleek and minimal, like the designer’s collection…

…But at the back of models’ heads were messily-finished buns, where hair was pulled free for a ‘fresher’ feel.

And models aren’t the only ones who’ve joined the Japanese-bun crew, with a few of our favourite stars also being seen trialling the look, too;

Rita Ora wearing the Sumo knot at the 2014 American Music Awards. Although restyled into more of a  bun sumo knot on Rita was a perfect fit for her dress
Rita Ora was seen wearing a Sumo knot at the 2014 American Music Awards – a perfect accompaniment to her bold dress…

…And Rihanna was seen with a wet-look, oriental top knot for her April'15 cover or Harper's Bazaar China
…And Rihanna was seen with a wet-look, oriental top knot for her April’15 cover for Harper’s Bazaar China

Get the Look

Inspired enough to join the Japanese bun-tribe this Summer? We at SPICE suggest you try the look from Carolina Herrera’s show – the intensely sleek style designed by hairstylist, Orlando Pita.

Just follow our simple step-by-step, below;

1. First, apply a substantial amount of hairspray to a large brush and throughout your hair, brushing through. Note: If your hair has texture or curl, it’s best to first blow dry it straight for a sleeker finish, using our favourite: John Freida’s Frizz-Ease “Moisture Barrier” Hairspray (£4, here).


2. Next, using the brush or a fine comb, sculpt the hair into a sleek ponytail precisely two-inches below the crown area and secure with a thin band.

3. Spray more hairspray onto the entire length of the ponytail, to eliminate any frizz. Then, while the hair is damp, take a tail comb and a flat iron to gently fold the ponytail in half, forming an off-centre looped bun shape, securing with another band.

We at SPICE love these snag-free bands, just £1.99 here.


4. Complete the style with yet more hairspray – this look requiring a firm hold to give the structured look seen at Carolina Herrera’s showcase. 

Carolina Herrera Ready to Wear Spring Summer 2015 Collection in New York

Got the look down? Do show us your attempts at the Japenese-inspired bun on Twitter or Instagram, tagging us @SPICETVAFRICA.

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