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Natural texture reigns supreme this season. Here, our favorite styles as glimpsed on the models of the moment. 

Inspired by model-off-duty tresses (it is fashion month, after all), The Violet Files brings you a shortlist of our favorite haircuts for fall. From cascading curls (see: Imaan Hammam and Mica Arganaraz) to Joan Jett–esque shags (Edie Campbell), we’re pining for ease, movement, and giving our natural textures a chance to shine. The only rule? Embrace what nature gave you. Read on for more picks of the season.

edie campbell / Photography by Melodie Jeng / Getty Images

Best exemplified by fine-haired beauty Edie Campbell, the mullet-esque crop of Jane Fonda’s heyday is having a resurgence. When properly executed—Campbell’s comes compliments of hair legend Guido—this shaggy look lends insouciant charm with a dash of punk rebellion.

Left: Mica Arganaraz / Photography by Victor VIRGILE / Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images
center: Frederikke Sofie / Photography by Melodie Jeng / Getty Images
Right: Imaan Hammam / Photography by Ray Tamarra / FilmMagic


The entirely fetching union of a shag and a bob, this messy-chic style popularized by Argentine model Mica Arganaraz continues to soar in popularity this fall. The recipe? Low-maintenance loose curls cropped above the shoulder, plus delightfully undone bangs. As Arganaraz proves, curly-haired women can have them.


Model Imaan Hammam says she has embraced her natural texture since she was 11, and with those enviably lush curls, it’s easy to see why. Her current crop is the delightful result of shaping said curls into a long bob to voluminous effect. According to the model, brushing is optional. 


Fall’s ultimate hair muse may be Danish model Frederikke Sofie, whose flowing, mermaid-like curls look as though they were lifted from a Botticelli painting. 

Lineisy Montero / Photography by Christian Vierig / Getty Images

Since her meteoric rise to runway fame last year, Lineisy Montero’s signature style—short and natural with a hint of widow’s peak—has demonstrated remarkable staying power. Iterations of the gamine cut continue to crop up along the catwalk. 

Left: Ji Hye Park / Photography by Melodie Jeng / Getty Images
Right: Ophelie Guillermand / Photography by Michael Stewart / WireImage

Pin-straight hair was everywhere during New York Fashion Week. We’re feeling for long layers parted down the center, as seen on Ji Hye Park, or, in slightly shorter shoulder-grazing fashion, on Ophelie Guillermand.

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