MFW: Prada just made a case for the micro fringe, and we’re into it

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Hanna Ibraheem
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From Audrey Hepburn to Emma Watson, the micro-fringe has popped up time and time again in popular culture. Now, Prada has proven why it might be worth trying for yourself…

For some of us, the words ‘micro fringe’ may cause a shudder, automatically casting our minds back to dodgy haircuts as a child. But our mums may have been on to something…

Models at Prada’s spring/summer 2018 fashion show, held in Milan on Thursday, were sent down the runway with edgy short fringes - and it looked incredibly chic.

The look was created by Guido Palau, legendary hairstylist and Global Creative Director for Redken. Explaining the hairstyle backstage, Palau told that every girl was going to grace the runway with a beautiful leather headband, some of which would be covered in studs.

Every model wore a headband

He added, “I didn’t want the girls to disappear. Without the fringes, the look became too classic. The short fringe in the front gives it a boyish feel.”

To create the look, Palau used Redken Satinwear 04 Smoothing Blow Dry Lotion, £15.50, to blowdry the hair into a low ponytail. The aim was to create something super sleek and polished; “this isn’t an undone look,” Palau said.

He then added extensions to the front of the hair and chopped it into a small fringe. The headband then seamlessly hid the band of the extensions.

Extensions were added to the front of models’ hair and cut into a short fringe

Talking about the hair, Palau said, “[The fringe] gives it a rebellious look. And it’s funny, adding that small fringe on the girls changes their faces and they become different personalities. In a funny way, they look hard and soft. Sort of like an English tough girl.”

In fact, Palau added that the fringes reminded him of Jean Seburg, an American actress from the 50s and 60s.

Models with curly hair weren’t given a short fringe. Instead, Palau wet the hair so that the curls would shrink. “We just washed their hair, let it dry and it created that beautiful tight shape.” Additionally, six models had their hair cut into pixie crops.

Palau said, “It’s nice to have that variation. Every girl will have the headband to bring them all together.”

To compliment the look, make-up artist Pat McGrath created a gorgeous look that featured bleached brows, which were brushed up, while lashes were coated in thick layers of mascara.

Looks like 60s beauty is back in full swing.