Fashion Germany

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Everyone has heard of Claudia Schiffer, Karl Lagerfeld, Jill Sander and Heidi Klum, but what do all these fantastic people have in common? Apart from the fact that they’re some of the best-known names in the international fashion industry, Yes! They’re all German!

I have some very exciting news to share with you. Some time back I was asked to contribute to a fashion book and it’s finally out today. Contributing to this book has been an incredibly rewarding experience.

The book chronicles the role Germany has played in the fashion and style industry over the years, and is truly one-of-a-kind. I think Fashion Germany is a invaluable resource if, like me, you are interested in learning more about how all these incredibly talented and phenomenal people have contributed to the global fashion industry. It helps you to chart their evolution through the years and see how Germany has become a key player in the international fashion arena. Fashion Germany is an insider’s look into how the fashion industry and this glorious country have become inextricably linked.

We all associate New York, Paris, London and Milan with fashion, but now, Germany too is a part of this succession! I would like to thank Martina Rink for asking me to be a part of this project. I hope you have the chance to grab yourselves a copy, and let me know what you think.

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Rosie Huntindon – Whitely for Violet Grey

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Rosie Huntindon – Whitely for Violet Grey

photography @emmasummerton

makeup @kateleemakeup

nails @stephstonenails

styling @elizabethsulcer 

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Generosity Of Eye (A Film About Transforming Art Into Education)

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I am honoured to have been involved in the making of a wonderful documentary about the charitable work of William Louis-Dreyfus called Generosity of Eye (A Film About Transforming Art into Education). A longtime collector and patron of the arts, William Louis-Dreyfus’s commitment to arts education is an inspiration. The full documentary telling the extraordinary story of his donation to the Harlem Children’s Zone can be viewed here: www.generosityofeye.com 

Transforming Art into Education A Huffington Post article by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. on the film and Louis-Dreyfus’s collection can be read here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/william-louis-dreyfus/

To learn more about the Harlem Children’s Zone, please click here: http://hcz.org/

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The Top Ten Hair Looks From Cannes 2014

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Cannes. The very word is enough to send shivers down your spine if like most of us here you’re living, breathing and dreaming fashion and beauty. One of the most prestigious, sophisticated and exciting events of the international film community, the Festival de Cannes is possibly the one time of the year that can compare to the Academy Awards in terms of all the buzz and glamour and grandeur.

If you’ve been following the Cannes 2014 coverage you’ll have already feasted your eyes on some of the most striking outfits, jewellery and styling of the year. This past week we’ve seen some of the biggest celebrities of the world walk the red carpet in some of the most beautiful ensembles ever. I’ve picked my ten favourite looks from the festival to share with all of you. Enjoy!

Aishwarya Rai#AishwaryaRai #Cannes #2014

Aishwarya Rai is a Bollywood actress and the winner of the 1994 Miss World pageant. Often referred to as the “most beautiful woman in the world”, Aishwarya Rai has been gracing the Cannes red carpet for several years now. While her shimmering gold Roberto Cavalli fishtail gown has been winning both brickbats and bouquets from the international fashion community, there’s no contesting that the stunning actress wooed everyone with her silky, chestnut locks. The loose, flipped-out curls made for an extremely pretty style and the best part is you can easily achieve the look at home with a blow dryer and a large round bristle brush.

Blake Lively#BlakeLively #Cannes #2014

Blake Lively has been setting the Cannes red carpet on fire with her unbeatable sense of fashion and beauty. We’ve seen some really fantastic looks this past week but if the international response is anything to judge by, Blake Lively is the most talked-about fashion diva at this festival. This braided look is a fantastic take on the regular braid- a sleek crown is complimented by a sassy braid. Make sure you start the braid high on the crown for a more dramatic effect. You can opt for any of the usual braiding styles- just make sure you tug the braided loops a bit to add more volume and drama to the look.  The entire charm of the braid is in the unevenly sized loops and the purposeful messiness of it all. It’s a great way to balance an edgy-yet-formal look.

Blake Lively 2#BlakeLively2 #Cannes #2014

While the first Blake Lively look was edgy, funky and young this second look is glamorous, sophisticated and timeless. The very sleek, very voluminous rolled bun is probably the most talked-about hairstyle we’ve seen at Cannes 2014. One look at the rolled updo and it becomes evident why the entire world and their beauty-loving aunts are losing their minds over Blake’s hairdo. There’s something about the massive bun that is reminiscent of old-world, vintage glamour and retro styling but with a timeless appeal to it. I think it would make for an excellent bridal hairdo if you want to try something new but keep it classic still. Take a leaf out of Blair’s choices and accessorize the look with some simple, yet stunning jewels and the perfect red lip.

Cate Blanchett#CateBlanchett #Cannes #2014

Cate Blanchett is one of the most beautiful and elegant women in the world and we are all used to seeing her blend classic fashion with her own unique sense of style. This time was no different, and I’m rather a fan of her hair look this time. A quirky braided accent on the side was used to play up the classic bun. All you need to do is braid one side of your head into a French or Dutch braid till the back, close it off with a transparent elastic band and temporarily pin it in place with a bobby pin. Pull the rest of your hair back to secure it into a chignon. At this point, remove the pin and tuck the rest of the braid in with the bun so that the ends are incorporated into the volume of the bun.

Freida Pinto#FreidaPinto #Cannes #2014

Frieda Pinto’s gorgeous coral-pink Oscar de la Renta gown has been talked, tweeted and blogged about more than any other dress at Cannes 2014. The striking pink colour, the stunning gold lame detailing and the rather interesting contrast between a sweetheart neckline and a structured bodice have guaranteed that this is one style statement people will be discussing for quite some time to come.

What’s equally important is the styling lesson that we must take away from Freida’s look. When you’ve got a dress that is this arresting and breathtaking, the only way to properly do your hair is to keep it as simple and fuss-free as possible. Frieda’s hair was straightened and styled with a deep side part into a low ponytail. The hairdo is very simple, very classic and absolutely perfect for when you want to let the rest of your look do all the talking. Wrap a section of hair around the base of the ponytail to hide the elastic and tuck it into the elastic to polish the look up a bit. Who says ponytails can’t be glamorous?

Jessica Chastain#JessicaChastain #Cannes #2014

Jessica Chastain wooed everyone on the Cannes red carpet with her gorgeous deep lavender gown. It’s interesting how russet-coloured locks always look the best with green or purple tones. Jessica’s hair was styled into loose, piecy waves. The style is very fresh, flirty and feminine. It’s also incredibly easy because all you need is a curling iron and you’re good to go. You can keep the curls tight or break them up into looser waves for a summery, beachy vibe. The hairstyle was absolutely perfect with the flowing, almost Grecian structure of the gown.

Marion Cotillard#MarionCotillard #Cannes #2014

The French actress looked absolutely lovely in the pleated-and-gathered Dior dress, with the pale colour highlighting her delicate features. Marion’s hairstyle from this particular appearance is one of my favourites from the entire week because it’s a mixture of so many fun elements but they are all balanced out really well. The 60s beehive at the crown makes its way into a simple side ponytail at the end. To add a more delicate touch to the look, consider using a section of your hair to frame the beehive, pulling it across like a hair band from one side to the other.

Nicole Kidman#NicoleKidman #Cannes #2014

Opening Ceremony & "Grace Of Monaco" Premiere - The 67th Annual Cannes Film FestivalThe lovely Australian beauty is always a delight on the red carpet. This look of Nicole’s is basically a messy braid pulled over the front on one side, but what makes it interesting is the detailing at the back. Hair from one side has been twisted and looped into a braided border across the back and then pulled over the front on the other side. The best thing about hairstyles like these is that you don’t have to aim for perfection- messy strands and loose bits just add to the relaxed vibe that this look is all about.

Rooney Mara#RooneyMara #Cannes #2014

Rooney Mara is a very interesting young woman and her style choices usually reflect her unique personality. The angular, one-sided bob is a very edgy style but you can still keep the overall look delicate by playing up your natural features and keeping most of your makeup simple. You don’t have to go in for a permanent angular bob for this look- you can actually slick your hair back on one side and pull all of it over and across the front on the other side. Layering the hair this way makes it look almost buzzed or razed on one end while it is long on the other. What we have here is a faux half-bob and I think it is a genius way to play around with fashion without making a more serious commitment to the look.

Sofia Coppola#SofiaCoppola

Sofia Coppola’s curly short bob is all about being comfortable in your own skin. The hairstyle is both youthful and classic and is the kind of haircut that would look great at any occasion. The best part about this haircut is that once you actually get your hair cut in this fashion you don’t have to spend a lot of time styling it. You can generally allow it to dry naturally if you’ve got wavy hair or you can using curling tongs to add some more dimension to otherwise-straight locks. A soft side part will help frame the face and add more femininity to the style.

Hope all of you’ve enjoyed the looks from Cannes as much as I did. There’s enough inspiration here to keep you looking your most beautiful self at all the events you attend this year. Sound off in the comments below and let me know which ones you liked!

 

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Alison Brie Vanity Fair June 2014

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Love the outcome of my shoot with Alison Brie for Vanity Fair.

The stunning pictures of the Mad Men star where taken by the amazing Photography team Williams + Hirakawa.  Styling by Deborah Afshani,  Make up by Kara Yoshimoto Bua 

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Ruth Wilson looked sensational at the Met Ball

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New York City’s Met Ball has been called “the Oscars of the fashion world,” and with good reason.

The legendary American designer Charles James was honoured at the Met Gala’s 2014 with the theme White Tie & Decorations.

It was one of the most formal & stylish evenings I have seen in a long time. Due to the high octane fashion nature of the ball, the beautiful stars attending wore elegant, one-of-a-kind dresses naturally, I was there getting Ruth Wilson ready for her appearance at the event.

Ruth just looked sensational, sailing up the legendary red Met staircase wearing a stunning gown by Erdem.

I wanted to create a modern version of a hairstyle that is elegant, polished & iconic such as the classic Chignon and my inspiration was a cross between Downton Abbey and Haute Couture.


Apply some Wella Professional Perfect setting blow dry lotion as it emphasises the hold & shine.

 

Blow-dry the hairline around your forehead and lower neck in a backwards and upwards direction, towards the center of your head.

Once the hair is completely dry straighten the mid length & ends with a straightener such as the Braun SensoCare Styler to ensure your chignon bun will have a uber-sleek and shiny quality

Create a low side parting to your preferred side, for a touch of retro glamour.

Use a brush to gather all hair into a low sitting ponytail the nape of your neck and secure into a ponytail using a bungee elastic. I really like the Braun Satin-Hair Brush for this as smoothens down cuticles, tames  frizz and fly-aways.

Coil the ponytail around itself into a figure of eight and secure the ends with some grips.

Finish by adding more shine with a glossy serum such as the Wella Professional Oil Reflections and some Wella Hairspray for hold.

 

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Pastel & Rainbow Hair Color Trend

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock- a dull, grey rock at that- these past few months, there is absolutely no way you wouldn’t have noticed the rainbow hair colour trend that’s been taking the world by storm. And it’s not even a very new trend- we’ve been seen celebrities experiment with pastel colours and venturing into daring, jewel tones for the better part of the last six months. And I, for one, have been loving every minute of it! While most of my clients prefer to go darker during the winter months, summer is the time to lighten up and experiment with flirty, frisky trends. If you’re looking to switch things up for the coming months, take a cue out of the following fashionistas’ style diaries.

Alexa Chung

Alexa Chung’s milkmaid braids here are adorable, but it’s really the rainbow accents that steal the show. I love how the colouring is subtle and pretty and how well it merges into her base hair colour. At first glance, it really does look like rainbow reflections in a clear puddle. Another great thing about this particular take on the rainbow trend is that it clearly shows you can have fun with colours in dark hair too.

Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato’s made quite a splash in the fashion world with her ever-changing hair colour. Not one to shy away from striking statements and bold style choices, Demi’s locks have been pioneering one hair trend after another. The great thing about her blue do here is that it isn’t a single, flat shade. While blue can be quite a lovely colour all by itself, Demi’s adding some major pizzazz to the look by blending a number of different hues. From a deep teal to a more purplish indigo, this one’s going to leave you feeling anything but blue!

Demi Lovato

If the blue wasn’t really to your liking, Demi shows off a girlier, flirtier side here with a stunning deep berry-pink hue. Pink’s been one of the most popular colour choices over the past year and Demi’s one of many celebs to opt for this darling colour. However, where most people have chosen to go pastel with soft, baby pink hair Demi’s rocking a rather spirited hue. It rather reminds of a full-bodied rosé wine- decadent and divine.

Ireland Baldwin

Purple’s been another celebrity favourite and Ireland Baldwin’s lovely lavender locks offset her lighter tips wonderfully. Now, purple’s typically not a hair colour most people can carry off and these pastel shades are better suited to fair-skinned people. If you’re a more olive or honey tone and you want to play around with this majestic colour, I’d recommend going in for deeper, darker shades of purple.

Katy Perry

Think coloured hair; think Katy Perry. The songstress is no stranger to experimenting with her look and we’ve seen her in all kinds of hair colours, ranging from a bubblegum pink to this fusion of shimmery, mermaid hues. From a dazzling sapphire to a rich violet, Katy’s take on the rainbow trend is nothing short of mesmerising.

Ke$ha

Combining two of the year’s hottest colour trends- pastels and rainbow hues- Ke$ha shows us that outré looks can also be feminine and flirty. Needless to say, this isn’t really a long-term style and you’re probably going to tire of it within a couple of months but with summer around the corner, it’s time to live a little! If you’ve got light hair you can always start out small and bring back last year’s chalking trend. If you’re feeling frisky and you can’t pick any one pastel/ rainbow-inspired hue make like Ke$ha and try them all.

Nicole Richie

The lavender-lilac tones have been extremely popular with celebrities. You probably remember Kelly Osbourne’s wooing the world with her daring purple locks- a change that worked wonders both for her look and her public persona. Sometimes taking a risk is really all you need to do in order to shed your old self and embrace the person you’re meant to be. Nicole Richie’s all-over purple colour is refreshing and exciting and she’s a great example of going crazy with colour while also looking graceful and elegant. Who would’ve thought a sleek bun could look so good in purple hair!

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Hair Magic

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I love working with the Czech Photographer  Branislav Simoncik  and Stylist genius  Jan Králíček  as every time we have the chance to collaborate, some magic happens.

Hope you like the pictures as much as I do.

 


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Breaking Free in Berlin with Jessica Alba

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I’m thrilled to be here in Berlin styling Jessica Alba to unveil Braun’s exciting new Break Free campaign.  After a hectic few weeks of Fashion Week shows in Paris, Milan and London, plus some big-name award shows including the Oscars, I’ll be drawing inspiration from the newest of the new and the best of 2014, playing around with some of the fun and funky styles I’ve loved over the last few months.

With her hair up or down, structured and formal or swingy and fun, Jessica’s own style brilliantly shows off the theme of Braun’s campaign – encouraging women to “Break Free” from the fear of judgment and self-doubt by sharing positive messages of support with one another.

I’ll be hosting media events with reps from fashion and hair publications around the world, sharing hair care and styling advice that they can take back to their readers.  Stay tuned to your favourite style mag so you can see the looks and read the tips, no matter where in the world you may be!

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Paris Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2014

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Here’s the piece you’ve all been waiting for: the Paris 2014 Fall Fashion Week. We saw a whole bunch of very interesting, and some very unusual, hairstyles at the Paris shows. Given that the Paris Fashion Week A/W 2014 began right after the Oscars, we saw a bunch of celebrities heading over the very next day to attend the last leg of this year’s Fall shows. Here’s my list of the best looks from the Paris Fall 2014 Fashion Week. While some of the styles are great for everyday wear, others are better suited for when you want to make a splash! Take your pick:

Alexander McQueen

The models at the Alexander McQueen show wore their hair in circular cornrows all around the head, with the first braid on either side hanging loose and straight beneath the ears. Now, I understand that this clearly isn’t an everyday look, and it might be a little difficult to work even on the best of days, but I couldn’t help but admire the style. The thing with the Fashion Weeks is that after a while, you start to see patterns and trends repeating, and while that might act as a great forecast for the coming year, it’s just so exciting to see something different on the runway. I’m loving this “beehive braid” effect simply because it’s unusual, it’s bold and it’s braided! What’s not to love? If you ever feel like doing something jaw-droppingly different with your look, take a cue out of the Alexander McQueen Fall 2014 show!

Alexis Mabille

 

The gently curling, loose waves at the Alexis Mabille show were nothing new but it’s a classic look for all ages and features and one that I can’t recommend enough. There’s nothing as attractive as sleek, shiny, healthy hair that’s been styled simply. The best part about the look is that it’s more about playing up your natural hairdo than actually styling your hair to look different. If you’ve got naturally wavy hair all you need to do is make sure it’s healthy and that you use quality hair products. If you’ve got pin-straight hair, you might have to use a curling wand or even large foam rollers to add a few waves to your hair. A straight middle part is equal parts subtle and striking and makes for a great everyday look.

Elie Saab

The hairstyle at the Elie Saab show was a straightened version of the previous look: shiny, sleek hair parted down the middle and allowed to fall as naturally as possible. The best part about hairstyles like this is that they are not only effortless (for the most part) but they also help to play up your natural features. With such hairstyles, your facial features and any makeup, jewellery, fashion trend you might be sporting is the centre of the look and not the hairstyle itself. So, if you’re looking for a subtle hairdo that allows you to emphasise other parts of your look, this might be just the thing for you.

Givenchy

The models at the Givenchy Paris Fall 2014 show wore their hair parted slightly off the middle and styled into small, tight braids at the back. The good old plait can be quite attractive if it’s done right. My tip for this classic style? Make sure you use a transparent elastic to fasten the plait: the plain black or coloured ties end up distracting from the clean, natural lines of the style.

Iris Van Herpen

The hairstyles at the Iris Van Herpen are definitely not an everyday look. With pulled back and twisted rolls, layered sections and looped braids at the back, this is a daring and edgy look best reserved for a themed event or a day when you want a look that’s slightly tougher than your everyday hairstyle. I’ve included it here in this list because it was really striking, and looked rather interesting especially at the front, with the twists creating slight cat ear-like raises going all the way back.

Issey Miyake

 

At first, when you take a look at the models from the Issey Miyake Fall 2014 Fashion Week, you’re going to be struck by the slick, separated sculpting of the hair at the front. There are many ways of achieving this style, right from using a styling gel and creating tiny “walls” or rows of hair using the tailend of a rattail comb to the much easier option of just pulling on a metal hairband with grooves to give you that cornrow effect. However, whether or not you want to style your crown this way is up to you, because the actual appeal of the hairstyle is in the bun at the back!

The thick, coiled and roped buns are absolutely gorgeous. Just take a look at the photo of the style from the back and tell me if it isn’t to die for! And the best part is, it’s quite easy to pull off, provided your hair is clean and brushed free of any tangles. You only need to gather all your hair at the nape of your neck and start twisting it in on yourself to give it the rope-like look. Then start placing the hair on your head in coils, twisting as you go along in an outer-to-inner circular motion. Keep adding bobby pins to make sure that the coils stay in place and add some hairspray once you’re done.

John Galliano

John Galliano’s models wore their hair straight, loose and down the back. The fairly simple look was dressed up by parting the hair to one side, pulling it low over the forehead and tucking it in behind one ear. It’s an easy look and it’s especially great for those of you with fine hair that won’t get frizzy or voluminous through the course of the day.

I hope all my readers have enjoyed the Fashion Weeks every bit as much as I have. I’ll be back soon with more great pieces on hair styling and care. See you soon!

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