It might have been snowing most of the week in Paris, but for Chanel’s Fall 2018 show, designer Karl Lagerfeld transformed the Grand Palais into a glamorous sunny autumn forest. Models marched through the leaves and under trees wearing variations on the brand’s signature tweed suits and some updates on the classic flap bags — including mega-sized slouchy clutches and glittering mini bags.

As for the finishing touch, each model wore a messy topknot created by hairstylist Sam McKnight. Models Kaia Gerber and Binx Walton were just a few of the cool girls to rock one of the distressed updos — some of which featured some glitter Chanel-made hair accessories.

“The easiest of updos at Chanel today was inspired by the models themselves — when they grab their hair after a show and shove it up in a messy topknot tied with elastic,” McKnight said. “The chic Chanel version of course.”

Considering many of the models wore elegant scarfs, turtlenecks, puffer jackets, furs, and long elbow-length gloves, the messy buns added an element of ease and casualness and made total sense for the label’s fall, forest-themed collection. The glittery jumpsuits and golden knee-high boots were, in a way, made more daytime and wearable by the hair.

“The shoes were flat, so the hair went high!” McKnight explained. To get the exact same, perfectly undone updo on over 80 models, McKnight used Easy-Up Do Texture Spray by Hair and Modern Hairspray from his namesake hairline. McKnight posted a quick video of him creating the look to his Instagram account, which you can see below:

At previous seasons of the French fashion house’s runway shows, the hair has been more extreme: like the Perspex ponytails created with vacuum cleaners for spring 2018.

Luckily, this is one look anyone can create at home, and in just a few minutes at that. You’ve heard of model-off-duty style — this is exactly that for your hair.


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Watch hairstylist Sam McKnight in action backstage at past fashion weeks:



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