Spring/Summer 2019 90’s Comeback: Retro Trends Rule

90’s looks and fashionable favourites get a fresh spin for spring, by Brian Jarvis.

Slicked Back

Let’s dive right in with a trend we’ve seen pop up here and there over the last two years. Fresh-out-the-pool, slicked-back hair is making a big splash in 2019! Balmain, Burberry, Victoria Beckham, House of Holland, Tory Burch and Badgley Mischka are just a handful of the dozen or more runways where a version of the wet look showed up during Spring/Summer 2019 Fashion Week.

Fran Summers photographed walking for the Victoria Beckham Spring/Summer 2019 Runway Show via TAGWALK.

Hairstylist for Balmain, Sam McKnight, says the look is versatile. “We’re doing it very masculine, with sideways parts and a little volume on top,” he told Vogue magazine. Try it for a mysterious, androgynous 90s vibe!

Stylist Tip: To get the look, McKnight used Dyson’s Supersonic hair dryer and a wide tooth comb to slick back the model’s hair, while saturating the roots with L’Oreal Professional’s Full Volume Mousse applied section by section.

All Bets Are Off

Music festival season is fast approaching, so prepare for pastel
hair chalk and floral headbands to infiltrate your Instagram feed any minute now! But don’t be surprised when they don’t go away. Red, blue, green and yellow— from soft, subtle pastels to bight, loud, electric neon—the colourful hair trend isn’t about a specific shade or tone, it’s about colour in general! Marc Jacobs, Giambattista Valli and Matty Bovan’s spring collections all featured models with pink hair, and Lady Gaga accepted her Golden Globe this year with a pale blue up-do that matched her gown.

Lady Gaga at the 2019 Golden Globes via Shutterstock.

Technicolour hair is almost mainstream these days. If you see someone with pink hair on the street, you may do a double take because it’s an amazing colour or haircut, but likely NOT because you are shocked. What’s next? Who knows, we may soon be strutting the streets in unorthodox hair looks like the Capital in The Hunger Games!

Stylist Tip: Try tape-in extensions for a little colour fun if you’re not ready to commit to a permanent look!

Return of The Side Part

The centre part, beach wave, loose tousled mane is an easy, gorgeous look but it’s been trending for some time now. Although it’s a simple adjustment, I’m super happy to see the return of the side part! Keep the beach wave, keep the tousled hair, but part that hair to the side! This quick change can add a different vibe to your look—mysterious, sophisticated, sexy—that you just can’t achieve with the more laid-back centre part. Brandon Maxwell, Escada, and Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini showcased strong side parts at their Spring/Summer runway shows. And celebs like Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman and the Golden Globe host Sandra Oh rocked the look on the Globe’s red carpet this year, too.

Julia Roberts at the 2019 Golden Globes via Shutterstock.

Stylist Tip: Add a bit more glam by slicking back the lesser side and tuck behind the ear. Add glitter to your hair or a statement earring and you’re ready for a night out! 

Bonus: Headbands

Hair accessories have been popping up on trend lists for the last couple of years, but this season is specifically dedicated to headbands! 2019 trends are still very 90s heavy and that was made obvious on the runways of two major fashion influencers. Prada’s runway showed big, chunky, “notice me” pieces: leather, studs and matchy-matchy patterns.

Kaia Gerber photographed walking for the Prada Spring/Summer 2019 Ready-To-Wear runway via Vogue.

Stylist Tip: Add a headband to any of these spring looks for an added pop this season. For a true 90s throwback, try it with the slicked back tresses or a side part.

Dior’s take was softer with cotton-like headbands tied around slick, side parted hair with the fabric handing down the back, or tied in a bow at the front. However you decide to rock it, 90’s fashion has made a comeback and is a trend the fashion industry and I continue to love.


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Brian Jarvis

Brian Jarvis

Whether it’s red carpet glam or that ‘must-have’ haircut, celebrity hairstylist Brian Jarvis has spent nearly 15 years creating show stopping styles for celebrities and clients, establishing himself as one of Toronto’s most sought-after hairstylists.   Comments

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