Hope you like the pictures as much as I do.
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!
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:
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!
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.
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.
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.
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’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!
Milan is undoubtedly one of the sexiest, most sophisticated cities in the world and the Milan Autumn Winter 2014 Fashion Week has most certainly lived up to all my expectations. I’ve picked out five of my favourite hairstyles from the Milan Fall 2014 Fashion Week and I’m looking forward to hearing your views on the same. Enjoy!
The hair at the Fendi Autumn/ Winter 2014 Fashion Week was hands down the clear winner for me here. Normally when I’m combing through (pun totally intended!) the Fashion Weeks, I like to browse through the best looks and emerging trends and I’m not really looking to pick an absolute favourite. However, the gorgeous, overlapped, multilayered ponytail at the Fendi Milan 2014 Fashion Week is one of the coolest things I’ve seen on the runways in recent times.
This is a very sharp, modern hairstyle and the key is to play up the severe lines of the style. You’re essentially arranging the hair on the crown in a basket-weave pattern before pulling it into a low ponytail at the back.
Work with freshly washed, blow-dried and then straightened hair. Remember to make sure your hair is completely dry before you use a straightening iron on it. Once your hair is smooth, comb it through properly and then create two deep side parts on either side at the front. Take these sections of hair to the back and then fold them over one another to create the overlapped effect you see in the pictures. Then pull the hair back to the nape of your neck and use a hair elastic to secure it in place. Fashion maestro Karl Lagerfeld’s inspiration behind this look is a very minimalistic, sharp play on linear structures so make sure your hair is as smooth and as slick as it can be. Spray on some holding spray (preferably one with shine-boosting properties) and you’re good to go.
2. Giorgio Armani
The look from the Giorgio Armani show is a great style not only because waves are a great choice for spring-summer, but also because it’s so easy to pull this style off at home. The beachy, boho waves have been really popular over the last few summers and this slightly deeper, more crimped take on the trend is every bit as interesting.
The best part is that there are a bunch of different ways in which you could get your hair to look like this. You could braid damp hair and leave the braids in overnight and undo them the next day and just run your fingers through the waves to loosen them up a bit. You could use perm rods for tighter, more pronounced twists if you like. If you’re short on time you could use one of the “wave maker” or “crimper” styling tools. And then, of course, there’s always the trusty curling iron to fall back on.
For a more natural look, I suggest curling the hair about an inch from the roots. This way you won’t have to worry about any stress to the roots and the style will look less “styled”.
Gucci’s straight, sleek hair isn’t something you probably haven’t tried a million times on your own, but I do love the way they’ve parted the models’ hair. A deep side part with the hair pulled low over the forehead to the other side and tucked behind the ear has such an elegant, softly feminine appeal. To get the same kind of dimension to the look, pick a small strand of hair to tuck behind the ear while letting the rest of the pulled-to-the-side hair hang out from underneath the tucked part. This will add the tiniest bit of drama to the look and will frame your face beautifully.
It’s really quite something to notice how even the tiniest adjustments and tricks can make a fairly straightforward style look so pretty.
The short pixie cuts at the MaxMara Milan Autumn Winter 2014 Fashion Week were absolutely gorgeous. The deep berry lip colour and matching nail paint really helped add a strong, sensual touch to an otherwise edgy haircut. My favourite thing about this look is how the hair at the front is kept noticeably longer than the rest to make for very sexy, forehead sweeping bangs. The look is equal parts edgy and elfin and I definitely think the stylists at the MaxMara show got this one down pat.
Missoni’s high, messy buns with the loose strands and small, forehead framing bangs are such a great, everyday look. Anyone with shoulder-length (and longer) hair can pull this off with ease. The look will obviously work better in straight hair if you want to leave some sections hanging loose but the best part about the style is that even if your natural hair is wavy or unruly, a high bun is the easiest way to be stylish and fuss-free. The short, angular bangs add a touch of girlishness to the style.
Hope you’ve all enjoyed my take on the Milan Fashion Week for Autumn Winter 2014. The Paris Fashion Week is shaping up to be great fun and I can’t wait to share my picks with all of you.
Hair Pride shines for bloggers in Dubai
I’m excited to be back in sunny Dubai, but even more excited about what I’m doing here. What am I up to this time? My favourite things: teaching, demonstrating, giving away the secrets!
This week, I’ll be hosting three top fashion experts, beauty & hair bloggers from Dubai, Karachi and Jeddah, taking each of these ladies on a “hair journey” to show them how to achieve the hottest red-carpet looks with the glossy, luxurious hair that Middle Eastern women are so thrilled to show off as part of Braun’s Hair Pride Movement.
We’re also putting together a trend presentation with some stunning models, showing off the latest celebrity & catwalk trends for 2014.
I’m sure these great bloggers, Diala Makki, Nilo Haq and Alaa Hashim Balkhy, will have just as much to teach me as I’m bringing to share with them. I’m looking forward to using Braun’s hair-safe tools and letting myself get carried away by the best of Middle Eastern culture along with the latest styles from the red carpet season and the global hair trends from the Fashion weeks that only finished 3 days ago, to build international collaboration of the very best kind.
It’s been a crazy few weeks with all the awards shows, the fashion shows and dazzling Red Carpet appearances. We’ve seen some of the most memorable style statements of all time in these last few weeks and even though it’s early in the year, it is easy to see that 2014 is going to be quite the year in fashion and beauty. The London Fashion Week Fall 2014 was no different, and here I’ve picked out some of my favourite looks to share with all of you.
1. Burberry Prorsum
I’ve come to realise that every year, during the Fashion Weeks, there are some designers/ brands whose shows I particularly look forward to. You just know that you’re going to be treated to some great clothes, fantastic makeup and incredible hairstyling. The Burberry Prorsum show is, without fail, always on the list. This year’s hairstyles might not be entirely unique or thrilling but they stress a fact that us industry professionals know and live by: trends may come and go but the classics will always remain so.
The open, heavy, unfussy hair at the Burberry Prorsum show might not be the most ingenious or most artful we see this year but open hair is always beautiful and stylish and the models at the show prove just that. The thing to take away from the Burberry show is that if you want open, mildly styled hair to look runway ready you’ve got to make sure it’s healthy, shiny and well cared for. The trick here isn’t in one time styling but in long-term effort and proper hair care. Heavy, thick, shiny open hair is always occasion-appropriate and always stylish, so get started on your hair care regimen right away.
2. Holly Fulton
Sleek is stylish: and the ponytails at the Holly Fulton show at the London Fall 2014 Fashion Week were nothing short of showstoppers. With deep side parts, perfectly flattened hair and looped low ponytails, the models at the Holly Fulton Fall 2014 show were a vision in preppy style. It’s a great way to wear your hair to work or to the university because it’s low-key enough to be appropriate yet dressy enough should you want to step out for some fun later. I love hairstyles like this because they’re so versatile and rather easy to pull off at home.
3. Vivienne Westwood
The entire fashion and beauty theme at the Vivienne Westwood Fall 2014 show was based in classic, Old Hollywood glamour with pearl necklaces, arresting red lips, rosy cheeks and retro curly updos. This hairdo is perfect for an evening event or a special occasion because it’s glamorous, sophisticated and very feminine. While the look might be a tad bit too tousled to be a bridal style for some, I personally think it’s got a great vintage vibe to it and would look absolutely lovely with formal gowns and dresses.
There are tonnes of way of achieving such a look. The easiest would be to apply some texture spray to your freshly washed hair and finger dry it, scrunching it up as you go along. This will add some lovely curls to your hair. If your hair is naturally very poker-straight, you could always use a curling wand or perm rods to do the needful. Take random sections of hair, twist them and pin them artfully all over your head. Leave some tendrils loose and let a flyaway here and there add some drama to the look. This might be time-consuming, but it’s the best way to get an even look. You can also fix a major chunk of your hair in a French twist and then just pin tendrils from the front towards the side. This way you’ll get the messy, curly effect only towards the sides but it’ll be less strenuous.
4. Todd Lynn
The super straight, super sleek hair at the Todd Lynn Fall 2014 Fashion Week wasn’t a new style so much so as a new twist on an old favourite. It’s your good old straightened hair, albeit it’s parted and arranged differently. Here, the straightened hair was parted slightly off the middle, to one side. One side was allowed to fall sideways and down from the part. The other side was arranged more creatively. A few inches down the part draw an arc using a rattail comb from the part down sideways to behind your ear. This separated section should be slicked back on the head to give an almost buzz-cut appearance. You can fix it in place using strong styling gel and a pin at the back. Allow the hair ‘behind’ the arc to fall naturally, and tuck it behind the ear and allow it to hang loose over the shoulder. This look really is all about laying and fixing your hair differently.
5. Temperley London
Braids are always a great way to style hair and the thick, single braids we saw at the Temperley London show were a real hit. There was nothing fussy about the style: we’re talking regular, thick long braids pulled over one shoulder. A simple off-the-centre part, face framing bangs and soft, loose volume defined the look. This is an ideal hairstyle for when you are running against the clock and you just do not have the time to play around with a more complicated style.
Hope you liked the super wearable, super easy styles from the London Fashion Week Fall 2014. Keep your eyes out for the piece on the Milan Fashion Week Fall 2014.
Hi everyone I received so many request to write more about the 2014 Academy Awards, so here it is:
Most of us in the fashion and beauty industry are guilty of being somewhat keener on the Red Carpet and all the glitz and glamour than the awards show itself. It’s that one night of the year when the stars come out in all their stunning glory and all the different clothes, accessories, hair and makeup looks and fashion statements make for a dazzling, head-spinning experience. The Oscars Red Carpet is like Mecca for us fashion lovers and I’m thrilled to share my favourite looks from the event with all of you.
1. Lupita Nyong’o
It comes as no surprise to anyone that Lupita Nyong’o was one of the best-dressed women at the function. The ethereal ice-blue gown from Prada is the sort of dress that little girls the world over dream of: a slender bodice with a twirly skirt. But it’s Ms. Nyongo’s unmistakable short crop that really sets her apart. We’ve been watching her top all the Best Dressed and Best Hair and Makeup lists all season and the 2014 Oscars are no different.
Lupita shows us all how even a conventionally severe buzz/ short crop can be heartbreakingly delicate and feminine. I’m sure most of us never expected to see a mini mowhawk look that pretty, and the 12 Years A Slave has truly earned her title as a style icon. If you’re worried about short hairdos looking too severe, dress them up with feminine accessories. Lupita’s headband here was designed by Fred Leighton and it’s an absolute vision in 18kt yellow gold and diamonds. That’s a pretty penny to spend on a hair accessory, but you can most definitely find a dupe that’s easier on the pocket. Go ahead and rock some shorthaired style this year.
2. Jennifer Lawrence
The young actress has been taking Hollywood by storm and if recent months are anything to reckon by, Jennifer Lawrence will continue to rule both the silver screen and the Red Carpets for quite some time to come. The gorgeous scarlet Dior dress was one of the brightest pops of colour at this year’s Oscars and I’m absolutely loving the way her short hair was styled to show off the dress and draw attention to the bejewelled back chain accent. Jennifer’s hairdo is defined by tonnes of lift and volume: the entire look is based on arranging the hair up and away from the front: bringing out her features, emphasizing the natural lines of her collar bones and shoulders and letting the gorgeous gown do all the fashionising. The hairdo’s a great balance between sass and style.
3. Emma Watson
Hermione from the Harry Potter franchise is all grown up and continues to be one of the most stylish and well put-together young actresses in the industry. Known to experiment with style, the Bling Ring actress wore her hair in a messy half-up/half-down style that was a perfect fit with her metallic dress and crimson lip. This hairdo’s all about the messy, tousled texture so be sure to use a texture spray before you tease your hair for volume. Twist and pull back strands away from the face and pin them into place using bobby pins. You can fold strands to add more dimensions to the look. For the messy-chic effect, let the ends hang loose. If you’re heading out for a formal do, add pretty hair accessories like Emma’s and you’re all set.
4. Naomi Watts
Naomi Watts is a veteran on most Oscar Best Dressed lists and she’s done it once again. While most fashion lovers like to see unusual colours/ shapes on the Red Carpet because the usual black and white (though elegant) are somewhat staple fare, Ms. Watts managed to stay classic yet stand out with her deep red lip, geometric neck piece and sleek hair. What I love about this particular hairstyle is that it is so easy to style (just about anyone can pull this off at home) and yet there’s just something about the look that’s bound to get you noticed. While it’s essentially nothing more than washed, blow-dried and straightened hair, there’s a subtle pull to the look. This one’s all about arranging your hair just right: brushing it back and away from the face, adding a tiny bit of volume right at the crown- so little that it’s but a natural lift- and pulling the hair over slightly to one side. Use a hairspray if you’re worried about losing the shape but really, this one is all about soft, sleek styling.
5. Sandra Bullock
The Gravity star was the picture of refined elegance at the Oscars with her stunning smoky blue gown and sophisticated makeup. At every awards show we see some of the classic hair and beauty trends steal the show and Sandra Bullock’s hairdo from the evening is an ode to the timeliness loose waves. Pulled to the side like so, loose waves strike just the right note between sophistication and effortlessness. You can wear your hair down and play up your best features: especially if, like Sandra, you’ve got a great bone structure.
6. Kate Hudson
Kate Hudson’s shimmery, beaded pearl-coloured gown was undoubtedly one of the most interesting and exciting looks from the event. With the plunging neckline, the padded shoulders, the cape-like cowl accents and the figure-hugging bodice, the slinky Atelier Versace gown was a perfect fit for the strikingly beautiful actress. Her bouncy, retro side waves made for the perfect addition to the ultra glamorous look. When you’re opting for a classic style like this one, the key to making it look great is in ensuring that your hair looks as healthy, shiny and bouncy as possible. A good hair care regimen, the right styling products and quality tools can make even the simplest hairstyles look breathtakingly beautiful.
7. Penolope Cruz
Penelope Cruz’s blush pink gown with black empire-line accents is earning both brickbats and bouquets from the online community but as far as I’m concerned, it’s the actress’ great hairdo that I’m interested in. A sleek, big top knot never goes out of style and amidst all the loose waves and the edgy haircuts it was nice to see this Red Carpet favourite make an appearance. There’s something so unquestionably beautiful about a perfectly twisted large bun: it’s no wonder that the trend never goes out of style. It’s a great way to be comfortable, draw attention to your face and sport some stunning jewellery while being occasion-appropriate as well.
8. Charlize Theron
With her classic bob, thick black eyeliner and stunning jewellery, Charlize Theron was the perfected example of understated elegance at this year’s Oscars. Sometimes, the best way to style really short hair is to keep the look neat, smooth and minimalist. If you’re not keen on too much volume or a messy, piecy look all you need to do is blow-dry or straighten your washed hair, use some smoothening serum and brush your hair into place.
9. Viola Davis
Viola Davis is one of the most beautiful women in the industry at present, and with her sea foam green Escada gown, smouldering smoky eye and perfect nude lip she was one of the most elegantly dressed people at the show. I’m absolutely in love with how she was wearing the classic Old Hollywood finger waves in her short hair: it’s a fun way to experiment with timeless and modern hair trends by mixing things up and it sure worked out well for Viola here.
10. Margot Robbie
Margot Robbie was one of the most discussed actresses at this year’s Oscars: the stunner debuted her newly brunette hair for the first time ever on a Red Carpet and left many people surprised with her deliciously dark locks. With her inky Saint Laurent gown and Old Hollywood waves, the actress from The Wolf of Wall Street might have something in common with Sandra Bullock’s look from the evening but I think she deserves her own spot on this list. The rich berry tones of her lipstick and the daring colour change have earned Robbie many a nod from the fashion and beauty community.
The Vanity Fair party is the top A-list Oscar-night party, and this year, Elisabeth Moss capped off a season of glitz and red carpets spotlights by stepping out in a deceptively simple cascade of glossy waves, proving once and for all that short brown hair doesn’t have to be mousey.
After seeing Elisabeth’s gorgeous floor-length black dress, with its polka-dotted peek-a-boo bodice, I decided to keep her look sexy and sophisticated, yet youthful and lively: a projection of the kind of vivacious energy that’s become her trademark.
I opted for dressing her hair in sexy bouncy curls that flowed down past her shoulders. To play up the style, we added a low side parting and brushed one side behind the ear to enhance the cinematic feel of this look.
Vanity Fair has dominated the Oscar scene since the Mad Men era, but this year was its first in a parking lot on West Hollywood chosen to hold a bigger crowd than the usual 1000+ … of whom Elisabeth was among the most fabulous, bringing classy styles of the 1960s thoroughly up-to-date for 2014. And the great news is – this is a very easy look that you can recreate at home without any fuss.
Sexy tumbling iconic waves – get the look
After washing and conditioning, gently towel-dry your hair and apply Wella Elastic Energy Mousse through the hair, using a wide toothed comb to give this look staying power. Spread the product right through to the tips of the hair to boost the energy of your curls with irresistible definition and virtually frizz-free shine.
Blow-dry using a large round brush. Direct the nozzle upwards for added root-lift. Ensure the hairdryer isn’t too hot, which can cause it to dry out and break, giving you frizz.
Once the hair is completely dry, create a low side parting for added glam and section the hair into manageable pieces.
Use a medium size curling iron to create lush, tumbling waves. Tong each section, working around the head, and turning the tongs one way and then the other to roll as you work round. It is important to set the temperature of your iron according to the needs of your hair to avoid heat damage. A great one is the Braun Satin hair curler.
Starting at the front and working backwards, wrap sections of hair around a medium-sized heated curling iron and secure each curled section with pins or clips. I would recommend that you use a curling iron that allows you to adjust the temperature to the needs of your hair. ( Love the one from the Braun satin hair range )
Spray the pinned hair lightly with Wella Stay Essential Hairspray and leave to cool.
When the hair is completely cool, release the curled sections, remove all the grips and smooth through with your hands to loosen the ringlets.
Using a large soft brush, gently brush through the curls to create smooth soft waves.
Don’t be tempted to over-brush or the hair will become frizzy and loose its smoothness. A few drops of Wella Oil Reflections will work wonders to add the right level of smoothness and glossy shine to your hair.
To finish use Wella Stay Essential Hairspray for added hold that’s lasting but flexible. It will keep your style with sophisticated sheen full of shine and bounce.
Short hair? – no problem!
If you have shorter hair, you can still get the look, thanks to today’s new clip-in extensions. They’re a great way to get an instant long-haired look like this, as long as you follow my guidelines for safe extensions.
Kurkova goes angelic at Elton John Oscar Vanity Fair viewing party
When it comes to model-actress Karolína Kurková, we expect the unexpected. From rogue to vogue, she loves to surprise and looks terrific in any style. For the Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar viewing party, I got more than a coveted sneak peek – I got to help create the latest look for this natural blonde, a slightly loose take on the popular updo that seemed to lift her into the ethereal realm, thanks to her lacy, almost-translucent white lace gown by Elie Saab.
Karolína was recently featured in Stylist Magazine’s Spring/Summer 2014 Fashion Special, appearing as “Every Woman,” in eight styles that ranged from punk to pin-up to showgirl, sporting spikes, glossy curls, wigs and a range of hot labels to match. Needless to say, all eight looks were stunning, as was her angelic appearance at the Oscar viewing party. Though between the blaze of bright orangey-red in Karolína’s lipstick and the sharp point of her Christian Louboutin shoes, maybe she’s not such an angel after all!
It’s always a delight to work with someone open-minded and versatile enough to continually inspire and delight her admirers and I can’t wait to see what look Karolína reveals to the world next.