Trend Spotting: The 5 Hottest Trends from Men's Fashion Week 2016

Men's Fashion Week in NYC kicked off on February 1, and we are keeping an eye on the trends. Check out our 5 hottest style picks and then flip through our slideshow to see the looks that caught our attention.


1. Slicked Back With An Artistic Edge

Think Johnny Depp or David Bowie, as seen at Chapter and Edmund Ooi. [Pictured: Chapter]

2. "Emo" Bangs Combed Forward Or To The Side

Remember this look from the early 2000's? Whether you loved it or hated it, it makes a comeback at Men's Fashion Week at shows including Julian Woodhouse and PLAC. We'll see if it sticks. [Pictured: Julian Woodhouse]

3. Natural Textures

Top stylists are telling us that natural hair and total texture is going to be big for women's hair this year. Everyone is talking about shaggy styles for 2016. We are seeing this with men too at presentations including David Hart and CWST. [Pictured: David Hart]

4. Preppy and Sophisticated

You can't go wrong with classic elegance. Natural, yet polished looks made a statement at Max 'n Chester, Matiere and Robert James. [Pictured: Max ‘n Chester]

5. Male Nail Art

Who says that the guys can't have fun with their nails too? After all, it is called a MANicure. Half-moon color blocking adorned the guys nails at Julian Woodhouse. [Pictured: Julian Woodhouse]

My Trend Pick: Tousled California Cool At Krammer & Stoudt

This look combines 50's James Dean swagger with a touch of punk rock. It's a natural progression from the undercut styles that have been so popular for the last couple of years, but not quite as tame. The hair on the top is a little grown out with an emphasis on texture.

What was your favorite trend from Men's Fashion Week F/W 2016? Take a look at our slideshow below and tell us about it on Twitter @Beautylaunchpad.

  • Beards and emo guy bangs at Julian Woodhouse for Men's Fashion Week.

    The hairstyle, named The Vulcan, was inspired by how Dr. Spock would wear his hair today.

    1. Start off by spraying the hair down with Blowout by SUDZZfx, and use a blower and a paddle brush to smooth and straighten the hair.
    2. Next run SUDZZfx Rowdy Paste through the hair (concentrating on the root) with our fingers to create texture.
    3. Then sculpt the hair into a V shape in the center of the forehead, or on the side of the head (depending on how heavy the model's fringe was). For the models with shorter hair, brush the hair forward and give it texture with your fingers.
    4. Finish off by spraying SUDZZfx AirPlay over the entire head to hold the look in place.


  • We love that INM Nails put the man in manicure at Julian Woodhouse by giving the guys some nail art!

  • Check out these half-moon color blocked nails at Julian Woodhouse!

  • Allen Ruiz, Aveda Global Artistic Director, Hair Styling, created off-the-face volume for the Public School Autumn/Winter 2016 show at Milk Studios in New York City.

  • HOW TO GET THE LOOK: Public School Volume by Aveda

    Step 1: Saturate wet hair with Aveda Men Pure-FormanceTM Firm Hold Gel before blow-drying.

    Step 2: Blow-dry hair back, away from face to create voluminous natural texture. Focus on creating a poofed shape starting at the roots.

    Step 3: Begin to tone down the fullness by emulsifying acoin-size dollop of Aveda Men Pure-FormanceTM Pomade in hands.

    Step 4: Pull hands through the hair, starting from the forehead going toward the back to create definition and the desired final look.

  • Lead GARCIAVELEZ hairstylist Christian Ceja-Compin used Oribe Hair Care to explore defined parts, texture and piecey finishes complementing the collection inspired by relaxation, wellness and nomadic journeys.

    Get the Look:
    1. Prep hair with Foundation Mist.
    2. Spray Maximista Thickening Spray to open up the part at the hairline and create soft texture and separation.
    3. Follow with AirStyle Flexible Finish Cream (launching April 2016) to create a chunky, piecey texture.
    4. Finish with either Imperméable Anti-Humidity Spray or Dry Texturizing Spray to add lift in certain sections.


  • David Hart’s Fall/Winter 2016 collection takes a trip back to the rhythm and blues influences of the late ’50s and early ’60s. Inspired by an era of natural textures and short crops, lead hairstylist Kien Hoang maintained a healthy, clean look for the hair, which he enhanced with a luminous glow.
    Get the Look with Oribe: Natural Textures
    1. Prep the hair with Foundation Mist.
    2. Identify the shape of the hairline and tailor the edges, using clippers to gently fade out the neckline and sides.
    3. Finish with an application of Côte d’Azur Luminous Hair & Body Oil to give the hair and scalp a healthy glow.

  • CWST designer Joe Sadler journeyed to the San Juan Islands in Northwest Washington and translated the rough, darker elements of the area into his Fall/Winter 2016 collection. With a vision to reflect the same mood, lead Oribe hairstylist Dan Nguyen leaned on the grunge influence of Seattle to create a naturally weighed-down texture.



  • Get the Look with Oribe: CWST Grunge Influenced

    1. Start with Foundation Mist, spraying section by section throughout the hair from roots to ends.
    2. Beginning three inches from the scalp, work in Sculpting Cream.
    3. Apply Supershine Moisturizing Cream from mid-lengths to ends to give the hair sheen and a weighed-down look.
    4. Twist and lightly clip the hair to lend natural movement. Allow hair to set and gently diffuse.
    5. Finish by lightly misting hair with Après Beach Wave and Shine Spray.

  • A nod to the liberal rock era of the ’70s, Robert James’ Fall/Winter 2016 collection included a blend of sophisticated looks in classic silhouettes and tailoring. For hair that needed to be strikingly masculine with a softening modern twist, lead hairstylist Nathan Nguyen created a “modern man in the ’70s” look.

  • Get the Look with Oribe: The Robert James Seventies Man

    1. Prep hair with Foundation Mist.
    2. Sculpt and add shine with a dime-sized amount of Gel Sérum.
    3. Spritz with Royal Blowout Heat Styling Spray, and blow out with a round brush to soften and smooth the ends.
    4. Finish with a mist of Imperméable Anti-Humidity Spray to set the hair.

  • Exploring the theme of modern migration, the Matiere Fall/Winter 2016 collection featured a blend of cultural influences from the Edgelands of England to the cityscapes of New York. The designs called for polished, well-groomed hair, and the looks created by lead hairstylist Joey George delivered a perfectly preppy outcome.
    Get the Look with Oribe: Polished and Preppy
    1. Prep hair with Foundation Mist.
    2. Comb hair into a side part using the arch of the brow as a reference point.
    3. Saturate hair with Maximista Thickening Spray for fine hair or Sculpting Cream for thick hair.
    4. Blow dry towards the direction of the side part. Once dry, finish with Superfine Strong Hair Spray.

  • Inspired by the city of Los Angeles, Chapter’s Fall/Winter collection explored the theme of confidence, intention and self-discovery when on a path lined with distractions. Taking point from the likes of Vincent Gallo and Johnny Depp, lead hairstylist Christian Ceja-Compin created slicked-back, lived-in hair to give a gritty edge to the detailed looks.

  • Get the Look with Oribe: Slicked-Back, Lived-in Hair
    1.  Prep hair with Royal Blowout Heat Styling Spray from mid lengths to ends.
    2.  Apply a small amount of Sculpting Cream to lock in the slick texture.
    3. Loosen strands and finish with Smooth Style Serum.

  • Known for its signature dapper aesthetic, the EPONYMVS line by HVRMINN did not disappoint with a Fall/Winter 2016 presentation full of dashing suits with crisp, sophisticated tailoring. Staying true to the military-inspired roots of the collection, lead hairstylist Louis Orozco created slicked-back, clean-cut hair ideal for the refined gentleman.
    Get the Look with Oribe: Refined and Sophisticated

    1. Prep hair with Maximista Thickening Spray to add thickness to the base.
    2. Evenly apply Rock Hard Gel throughout the hair for a firm hold.
    3. Using a fine-tooth comb, tighten hair on the sides of the head. For the top, use a wide-tooth comb to create defined ridges.
    4. Finish with an all-over mist of Superfine Strong Hair Spray, and blow dry to stiffen the look.

  • Edmund Ooi’s forward-thinking sensibility was prevalent in his Fall/Winter 2016 collection, which depicted the graduating class of 2525. To complement the futuristic feel of the luxe fabrics and graphic pieces, lead hairstylist Joey George turned to David Bowie for inspiration. Slicked-back styles, square hairlines, and outlandish touches abounded.  
    Get the Look with Oribe: Slicked-Back and Bowie Inspired
    1. Saturate hair with Maximista Thickening Spray. Blow dry away from the face while simultaneously gathering hair at the nape of the neck.
    2. Flatiron section by section so the hair appears compact and smooth.
    3. Apply Rock Hard Gel section by section to give hair a fluid, shiny look.

  • Krammer & Stoudt’s Fall/Winter 2016 collection featured an eclectic mix of influences from punk rock to California cool to Western. The hairstyles created by lead Oribe stylist Louis Orozco were similarly versatile—the mussed-up hair of a boxer in ice-cold weather meets a rugged ’50s fellow with a tousled pompadour.

  • Get the Look with Oribe: Tousled California Cool

    1. Prep hair with Gel Sérum from roots to mid shaft.
    2. Spritz Maximista Thickening Spray over the Gel Sérum to give a unique texture.
    3. Add Dry Texturizing Spray to create grit and expansion. Leave the ends clean for now.
    4. Blow dry the root to expand the texture. Once dry, lightly mist Dry Texturizing Spray on the ends to mattify. Superfine Hair Spray can also be added in alternate spots to give an unexpected combination of textures. 

  • Inspired by streetwear and the urban culture that accompanies it, PLAC’s collection was seamlessly complemented by lead Oribe hairstylist Nathan Nguyen’s wet/dry looks. The style, which was a play on the everyday urban vibe, sought direction from the idea of boys coming in from the rain—the hair dry in some places and damp in others.

  • Get the Look with Oribe: The Wet/Dry Look
    1. Prep hair with Maximista Thickening Spray and pre dry (blot hair with a towel and allow to air dry for as long as possible).
    2. Apply Matte Waves (launching April 2016) for texture.
    3. Lightly mist hair with Royal Blowout Heat Styling Spray and diffuse. Once dry, spray with Maximista Thickening Spray in random spots to create uneven dampness.

  • Lucio Castro’s Fall/Winter 2016 ‘Stonehenge’ collection celebrated the spirit of travel and ’90s-inspired wanderlust. Oribe Lead hairstylist Kien Hoang translated the earthy vibe of the presentation into his hairstyles with individualized looks for each model. The recurring theme was matte-finish hair that fell forward in an effortless effect as well as choppy, imperfect fringes to deliver a devil-may-care attitude.


  • Get the Look with Oribe: Nineties Inspired Individualized Looks
    1. Prep hair with Foundation Mist.
    2. Touch up and trim little pieces to open up areas that most enhance the face.
    3. Alternate the application of Smooth Style Serum and Matte Waves (launching April 2016) to give hair extra bend and matte texture.
    3. Finish with a mist of Dry Texturizing Spray for movement.

  • The Fall/Winter 2016 collection by Max ‘n Chester, inspired by the sophistication of 1920s pre-war Italy, was characterized by a signature comfortable-meets-polished aesthetic. Lead hairstylist Dan Nguyen created a similar feel for the hair with natural, elegant touches to complement the monochromatic look.
    Get the Look with Oribe: Natural Elegance
    1. Mist lightly with Foundation Mist. 
    2. Part hair to the side.
    3. Apply Sculpting Cream to amp up the hair and add lift.
    4. Finish off the look with AirStyle Flexible Finish Cream (launching April 2016) for a light, natural effect on the ends.

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