Fifteen years of London Fashion Week

Fifteen years of London Fashion Week

Here, we look back at the the most unforgettable hair moments. LFW, we salute you.

When Toni&Guy began its collaboration with London Fashion Week and The British Fashion Council at the 2005 collections, it quickly became one of the biggest partnerships in fashion history. Season after season the Toni&Guy Session Team, headed by Sacha Mascolo-Tarbuck and Cos Sakkas, has created groundbreaking looks for the industry’s major fashion players. Through its unrivalled expertise and boundary-pushing vision, Toni&Guy has succeeded in putting British hair styling firmly on the fashion map. Now, 15 years on, and hundreds of incredible hair styles later, Toni&Guy is still proud to be the official London Fashion Week partner. And despite the coronavirus pandemic changing the face of the catwalk (for now), one thing is certain – the show will go on.

The Toni&Guy Session Team hit the ground running during its first season, Spring/Summer 2005. At Basso&Brooke SS05, hair was backcombed for a voluminous ‘shocked’ appearance. Meanwhile at the AW05 show, towering sculptural hairdos were created with megawatt shine.

Hair took a ladylike turn in 2006. At Ronit Zilkha, 60s-inspired updos were the order of the day, while at Aimee McWilliams the team created rope braids for a fierce yet feminine look.

Glamour and power were key in 2007. Half up-dos with extreme volume made a statement on the catwalk at Danielle Scutt, while gravity-defying sculpted hair complemented Gareth Pugh’s collection.

From otherworldly topknots at Inbar Spector to loose, dishevelled waves at Felder Felder, hair told a tale of two halves in 2008. Whatever the guise, the styles were always punchy and impactful.

This year saw the return of 80s-style crimping with a futuristic twist at Fad, while hair at William Tempest was cleverly styled into intricate ‘bow’ updos with a super glossy finish.

A new decade marked a new chapter for catwalk hair. From larger-than-life chignons at Giles to sharp geometric styles at Belle Sauvage, it was a year where anything and everything went.

This year saw the return of 80s-style crimping with a futuristic twist at Fad, while hair at William Tempest was cleverly styled into intricate ‘bow’ updos with a super glossy finish.

Fan-shaped buns with lashings of texture stole the show at Bora Aksu SS11, while smooth slicked-back chignons were the perfect tonic to full-length gowns at Giles’ ultra-decadent AW11 collection.

Braids made a comeback in 2012. At Florian Jayet, hair was plaited with a Mohawk-style top section, while over at Inbar Spector, punk-inspired hair and knotted updos complemented the opulent SS12 collection.

London Fashion Week Men’s made its much-anticipated debut. At Baartmans & Siegel, the Session Team created polished modern-day quiffs with subtle finger waves. Meanwhile, at Giles AW13 hair was left long and loose with uber-luxe waves. .

At E.Tautz AW14, the team played with models’ natural texture to create super slick hair with exaggerated partings and plenty of shine. At Jean-Pierre Braganza AW14, hair was plaited to one side and left with a slightly undone finish.

Sleek shine was the order of the day at the 2015 collections. At Osman, hair was left loose with a deep side-parting and mirror-like shine. Meanwhile at Giles, glossy school girl French plaits were the perfect antidote to the dark, gothic collection.

At House of Holland SS16 hair was left long and loose with natural-looking waves and a slightly lived-in finish. At Lantern Sense AW16 hair had a grunge influence with intricate plaits topped with soft knots.

Hair was bold and irreverent in 2017, with retro-style fringes at Mary Katrantzou, Dolly Parton rolls with distressed texture at Pam Hogg and big crimped hair with a fluffy 70s vibe at Elle B Zhou.

Catwalk hair took on a softer, more delicate guise in 2018. Glamorous curls featured at Malan Breton, while at Xiao Li hair had a clean middle parting with face-framing, feminine waves.

At Tata Naka hair had a 60s and 80s influence – high ponytails were styled into low and flat buns with an undone appearance. In contrast, long decorated braids and textured Mohawks and Afros brought Tolu Coker’s bold AW19 collection to life.

At Simon Mo AW20, the Toni&Guy Session Team drew on the inspiration of the ‘ringmaster’ to create sleek ponytails and finger waves. Whilst elsewhere, sculpted topknots at Hundred Showroom and punk-inspired dos at IA London had a don’t-mess vibe.

  • Words: Lizzie Barron