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Wolf Cuts And ‘70s Manes Are The Hair Trends Du Jour At This Year’s Australian Fashion Week

ELLE logo ELLE 13/05/2022 Diandra Malivindi

With another year of Afterpay Australian Fashion Week (almost) done and dusted, it's the perfect time to take a walk down memory lane at the beauty moments that stole each show.

And when glancing back at the hair and makeup moments that swanned down the countless runways, it's always clear which trend is on its way to dominate our future beauty choices. This time around, all eyes were on the hair.

Whether it was the models' natural tresses, the style of the show they walked for or the guests strutting down the tram tracks outside Sydney's Carriageworks, it's clear that the '70s is making a resurgence in the hair department.

This season, the various Resort '23 collections all differed in theme but the hair trends mostly stuck to natural textures and waves. However, at each show, there were a handful of models who appeared and reappeared over-and-over again sporting variations of wolf cuts and '70s-style trims.

At the Romance Was Born presentation, the show's hair directors Jason Fassbender and Dee Parker Attwood, styled one model with her natural, coily hair in a beautifully rounded Afro that bounced gracefully as she swanned down the runway. And the same took place at Wynn Hamlyn's Resort '23 show, with Wella showcasing the look once more.

Wynn Hamlyn Resort '23 Image credit: Getty. © Provided by Are Media Pty Ltd Wynn Hamlyn Resort '23 Image credit: Getty.

And of course, it wouldn't be a '70s trend without seeing an abundance of wolf cuts dominating several runways during the week.


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For the unacquainted, a 'wolf cut' is essentially a hybrid of a shag style and a small mullet. Spotted at Gary Bigeni's Resort '23 presentation, the cut is full of texture with soft, graduated layers framing the face. Shorter in the front and tapered at the back, the style is unfussy yet effortlessly cool.

Gary Bigeni Resort '23 Image credit: Getty. © Provided by Are Media Pty Ltd Gary Bigeni Resort '23 Image credit: Getty.

Joining the wolfcut was more '70s-inspired iterations, with models (like Roberta Pecoraro) all donning their naturally curly tresses, shaped in the decade's notable rounded style with front fringes, at Bec + Bridge, Aje and Erik Yvon's Resort '23 shows.

Torannce Resort '23 Image credit: Getty. © Provided by Are Media Pty Ltd Torannce Resort '23 Image credit: Getty. Aje Resort '23 Image credit: Getty. © Provided by Are Media Pty Ltd Aje Resort '23 Image credit: Getty.

And for those with strands of the straighter variety, the Torannce Resort '23 presentation saw models continue to embrace the '70s style with full, front fringes and billowing, shoulder-length waves, completed with orange-toned sunglasses.

So, if the celebrity set still haven't convinced the fashion savants that '70s hairstyles are well and truly back, then perhaps AAFW has done the trick. And if we were you, we'd be running to our hair stylist ASAP before the hair trend runs its course.

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