It's also a really, REALLY easy way to change your hair without having to cut it, colour it or fight with a bunch of appliances. All you need is a comb, because I'm talking about the deep side part. Preferably also worn with lots of your hair covering your forehead.
The first one out of the park with it was Marc Jacobs in New York, if you remember:
Don't mind the barrette thingies—this is just a backstage pic—but DO notice how far over the part is, and how all of the hair goes over the forehead so as to act as a side bang (even though this model doesn't have bangs). It's definitely a '60s-inspired look: that decade just keeps on coming back up again!
I think this works well because the hair itself is straight but full... and that's thanks to the wonders of dry shampoo. (Guido Palau used Redken's, plus their mousse and a new product called Quick Tease.) Much easier on the hair than backcombing, although you could certainly try that too if you want to get height at the crown.
None of that was present at DKNY though, where the side part was worn in a looser, cleaner, swingier, more 21st-century style:
We can all do this. In fact, the next time I wash my hair, this WILL be happening.
Zipping across to Milan, at Moschino, it was back to the '60s again:
I suggest we leave behind the makeup, but take the hair.
And one more from Milan... this is Marni:
I'm pretty sure my hair looked like this when I woke up this morning (and I'm saying that not to brag but in a "this looks a bit too much like bedhead" kind of way). I suppose that's good news, because all I'd need to do to get the look would be to part my matted hair over to one side.
But I think I'd rather wash it.
Anyway! Let's jet over to Paris now (figuratively at least) and see how a couple of designers really solidified the emergence of this hair trend.
Here at Chloé, we have another take on the Marc Jacobs low-ponytail look with these bangs:
It's probably thanks to Guido Palau, since he was in charge of the hair for both shows. This time, the hair at the back wasn't quite a ponytail nor a bun (anyone else do that loopy thing when you're just throwing your hair up quickly?). But the side part is the same, and hair has a matte, flat texture with Redken finishing spray and (again) dry shampoo.
It's amazing how much more dressed up you can make your hair just with a side part, no?
The best interpretation of all, however, was at Lanvin. Here's what was happening backstage:
I just love this, especially with that fab mid-length hair. You can't really tell with the hair in a barrette while they're doing makeup, but I'm pretty sure the hair is parted on the opposite side to where it naturally wants to fall. You know how your hair, left to its own devices, will sort of choose its own side?
Well, if you flip it right over, and part it on the reverse, what you're going to get is tons more volume. Comme ça:
See? (It's also apparent in the pic at the very top of this post... that's Lanvin too.)
I used to hate that my hair wouldn't lie flat when I switched the part, and I'd try to fight it, but suddenly I'm loving the way this looks.
The only thing is that you kind of need to stay indoors, because if you go outside, the wind WILL muck things up and try to get your hair to revert to its natural state. But hey—if that's the most worrisome thing about your style, then it's probably a fairly decent hair day.
Do you switch up your part or is there one place where you always wear it?
Have you ever parted your hair on the opposite side of where it naturally falls, like at Lanvin?
Which one of these side part looks is your fave?