When mapping out hair trends for fall / winter 2012, a full fringe continues to make an impact on the catwalk, being a trendsetter for the coming season. We’ve also seen A-list Hollywood celebrities like Rose Byrne, Alexa Chung, and Keira Knightly support the full-head bangs movement.

On the runway, a custom-cut heavy faux fringe was seen at Marni’s fall 2012 show in Milan, where every model’s own hair was pinned back and a fringe wig was placed over the top to create uniformity on the runway. There were all different colours, from chocolate brown, mahogany to silver blonde, but the cut was the same throughout.

Hairstylist Paul Hanlon was quoted as being inspired by Vidal Sassoon’s contribution to the hair industry in the 1960s. The heavy and architectural low-bangs covered the forehead and framed each model’s face, giving precision to each strand.

Continue reading after the break for tips to style your already-existing fringe / bangs in this Marni style runway look. And following that, read our expert’s tips on breaking your fringe virginity on the hairdresser’s chair.

As per Fashionising.com’s resident hairstylist, Annika Bowen, Marni’s fringe is a “long curved fringe that follows the eyebrow bone”. This fringe has a bevel that works with the curve of the forehead and it’s curved around the sides to suit the shape of the face.

“When getting the Marni fringe from your hairdresser, ask them to work with the eyebrow bone. That’s supremely important here. It’s a full curtain fringe, so let it cover your brows.” says Bowen.

When styling this fringe, use a small round brush to create volume. Roll the brush to create the lift and curve, this look demands. Otherwise, if you’re in a rush, take a straighter and create a bevel using the tool on high heat.

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If you’re thinking about getting a fringe, here are some expert tips for you to follow:

Number one rule is – don’t cut your fringe yourself. A lot of women make this mistake and they don’t get the perfect cut, shape or length. Regrets ensue, regardless.
Take a picture of your ideal fringe to your hairdresser. A fringe works best for mid length to long length hair, and look better on brown hair, according to Bowen. But break the rules, if you wish to.

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If you already have a fringe, then be sure to style it straight after a wash. Comb it down and forward before getting dressed and then blowdry it before putting on your make-up. Bowen says styling a fringe is the most important part of this hairstyle.
If you have a round-shape face, then leave your fringe straight and let the rest of the hair act as a frame to your face.
Try a fringe extension, if you’re unsure about a fringe. They are cut professionally by a hairdresser and clip on just like a normal hair extension.

The Vidal Sassoon-inspired retro fringe / bangs can be worn with many a modern makeup look, but don’t be afraid to also go all out and pair it with the London look or a set of bold ’60s style false lashes.

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