The Ponytails of Summer

If one beauty trend was impossible to ignore on the runways this season, it was the myriad of perfect ponytails.

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If one beauty trend was impossible to ignore on the runways this season, it was the myriad of perfect ponytails. And with boiling summer temperatures this month, who could possibly resist getting their hair up and out of the way? At Richard Chai, tousled pony tails were given a deep side part and secured at the nape of the neck. (Bright blue lipstick optional.)
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Derek Lam's sleek, shiny ponytails—which were parted in the center and shown with an exposed rubber band—were a perfect counter to his girlish spring collection, which took inspiration from college girls in the '60s.
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Marc by Marc Jacobs accented his punchy spring collection with messy, sky high ponytails that gave each look a cheeky, cheerleader effect.
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J.Crew typically shows windswept, undone ponytails in their catalogues and lookbooks, but the look was a little more grown-up for spring, with gelled-back ponytails that were secured at the center of the head with small wisps of hair wrapped around the closure.
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Even Diesel got in on the messy pony look for spring, tapping hair stylist Guido Paulo to create a wet, low-slung style designed to evoke tousled beach waves.
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On some catwalks, ponytails went sightly more avant-garde. Herve Leger accented his super-sexy bodycon dresses with high-set ponys divided into three sections with extra hair bands.
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Donna Karan tried an edgy ponytail look to accent her tribal-inspired spring collection by fastening models' hair into long, crocheted bands that created an exaggerated, angular effect.
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Anyone can pull off the sweet side ponytail that went down the runway at Milly. With a subtle side part and soft waves throughout, the look is the epitome of fuss-free summertime chic.
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While the collection itself was rooted firmly in the 1920s, Ralph Lauren modernized his Gatsby-inspired collection by giving models long, wrapped ponytails with just a hint of wave.
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Speaking of perfect ponytails, Owen Gould created a tousled, summer-ready look at Woodley & Bunny for Thread NY. To get the look, spray hair with a volume powder before adding long curls.
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Tease at the crown, secure with hairspray, and voila—a chic summer pony. For complete instructions, check out our Beauty How-To With Owen Gould.
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