Hair by: Paul Hanlon

Theory’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection is its first since parting ways with former creative director Olivier Theyskens, who was at the helm for nearly four years. “In the past, a lot of people have seen Theory as super minimal and architectural, and they wanted to do something different,” said lead hairstylist Paul Hanlon. Hanlon created an undone ponytail with volume and face-framing wisps that felt fresh, young and sexy—and perfect for spring. “The look is sophisticated and beautiful, not sterile. Sometimes when the hair is too graphic, the girls end up looking a bit alienating—as if they’re part of a tribe. With this look, they each get to be individual characters,” said Hanlon. 


Key Hair: Paul Hanlon. Oribe Hair Care Team. Kien Hoang for Oribe Hair Care.  Special thanks to Talia Thomas of Oribe Hair Care.

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Theroy by Olivier Theyskens | Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week | Fall/Winter 2014

Key Hair: Paul Hanlon for Oribe Hair Care; Umbrella Team: Kien Hoang

Theory Creative Director Olivier Theyskens is always designing for the modern woman, and his Fall/Winter 2014 collection wasn't short on immaculate designs in the minimal chic style we've come to know and love from this brand. With the clothes being so precise and clean, lead hairstylist for Oribe Hair Care Paul Hanlon wanted to make sure the hair wouldn't follow a similar neat style. "The clothes are so precise and tailored that we didn't want the hair to be too perfect otherwise it wouldn't feel realistic for this woman," Paul said. Using the French actress/singer Charlotte Gainsbourg as a reference, Paul sought to add a cool Parisian girl vibe to the hair, which resulted in a tousled style of lived-in hair with a low left-side part. "She's definitely very bold and has a little bit of an attitude," Paul said of this season's Theory girl. "She's a little unkempt. She's not the kind of girl who carries around a brush." The look was enhanced further by a few strands of hair coming across the forehead to create a windswept effect. "It gives you the feeling she's walked from the street straight into the show." (

Runway photos by Robert Mitra