Fall 2013 Trend: Planet of the Napes Polly Blitzer
In Traditional Japanese culture, the Geisha's nape (or unaji) is considered an erogenous zone. Thousands of years later, the back of the neck is having its heyday on NYC runways. Why? With designers directing attention to the back of our wardrobe, the nape (or median nuchal crest, to be anatomically correct) is getting its long-overdue 15 minutes. From intricate braids to wispy buns, here are Fall 2013's nicest necks.
Christian Siriano Polly Blitzer
Aveda's Antoinette Beenders constrcuted overlapping fishtail braids. She used Aveda Air Control Hairspray to keep flyaways in check.
The inspiration: the golden age of Russian opera and St. Petersburg's Mariinsky TheatrePhoto by: Getty Images
Venexiana Polly Blitzer
What's the opposite of a plunging neckline, a plummeting backline?Photo by: Getty Images
Monique Lhuillier Polly Blitzer
Odile Gilbert for Kérastase Paris created a bold chignon. She wrapped a leather strips around the length of a ponytail, then wound it around to create a loop.
Key product: Kérastase Paris Double Force HairsprayPhoto by: Getty ImagesAdvertisement
Lela Rose Polly Blitzer
Ted Gibson created this dramatically teased look for hair sponsor Beauty.com.Photo by: Getty Images
Jason Wu Polly Blitzer
Odile Gilbert for Kérastase Paris created this paneled chignon roll. She gave hair a smooth glossiness with Kérastase Paris Elixir Ultime Moringa Immortel.Photo by: Getty Images
Prabal Gurung Polly Blitzer
With an intricate military-inspired back, this dress must not be overshadowed by hair.Photo by: Getty Images
Rag & Bone Polly Blitzer
Redken Creative Consultant Guido Palau created this nonchalant knot using Redken Guts 10 Root Targeted Volume Spray Foam, Redken Powder Refresh 01 Hair Powder and Redken Quick Tease 15 Backcombing Finishing Spray.
Guido "softened the whole look" by pulling the hair up a bit at the crown for height.Photo by: Courtesy of Charles Sykes for Redken
Mara Hoffman Polly Blitzer
No, these are not headphones. It's a necklace, but for the back. And it originates on the ears. What shall we call this, dear readers?Photo by: Getty Images
Tadashi Shoji Polly Blitzer
This messy braided twist was created by Rodney Cutler for Redken and Ulta. He used Redken 10 Guts Volume Spray Foam, Redken Powder Grip 03 and Redken Fashion Work 12.
He braided only the bottom of half of the hair, then wrapped it into a small, creating the foundation of a side twist.Photo by: Courtesy of Ulta
Tocca Polly Blitzer
Silk flowers were strewn across the troupe of models, some at the nape, others at the crown.Photo by: Getty Images
Sally Lapointe Polly Blitzer
Pantene celebrity stylist Danilo created this look using (gasp!) all drugstore products. And we wouldn't have it any other way. *sighhhh*
The inspiration for this collection was "in your room, by Depeche Mode."Photo by: Getty Images
La Perla Polly Blitzer
When you're wearing lace lingerie and come-fetch-me heels, you proooooobably don't want your hair to get in the way. Know what I mean?Photo by: Getty Images
Son Jung Wan Polly Blitzer
It's like a V-neck. But for your back. And the hair is equally elegant.Photo by: Getty Images
Althea Harper Polly Blitzer
Psychedelic beehive? Groovy.Photo by: Getty Images
Delponzo Polly Blitzer
We'll take it. Oh, and that red dress, one of those, too, please?Photo by: Getty ImagesAdvertisement