Best Hair Seen At Milan Fashion Week Spring Summer 2015

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Did you follow the Milan Spring Summer 2015 Fashion Week? Did you enjoy all the glitz and the glamour? I sure did! I might go as far as to say I enjoyed the Milan shows more than all the others- the drama and the styling were through the roof in Milan. Here is my pick of the best hairstyles from the Milan Fashion Week Spring Summer 2015. Enjoy!

Dolce & Gabbana

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I’m loathe to pick favourites, especially before reviewing all the looks from the remaining few shows but I have to admit, the Dolce & Gabbana was a hard act to follow. The strong Spanish influence, the use of bold colours and the stunning hair and makeup all combined to pack one helluva punch. I really loved the hairstyling because it’s a combination of some very simple and very classic, fundamental elements and accessorising techniques but the overall effect is really breathtaking. The model in this shot from the Dolce & Gabbana Spring Summer 2015 backstage is none other than Kendall Jenner of the Kardashian clan. Whether you’re a fan of the reality TV series or not, you can’t deny that the makeup and hairstyling are really spectacular.

The models’ hair was styled into low chignons, some smooth and sleek while others were twisted and yet others had a more piecy definition. The chignons were also dressed up differently; some accentuated with large flowers while others with veils and bejewelled hair accessories. If you are heading out to a party or a wedding and you want to make an impact upon arrival, this hairstyle should do the trick. This one is all about high visibility drama and intrigue and nothing says it better than bold, blood red flowers in your hair.

Emilio Pucci

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At the Emilio Pucci Spring Summer 2015 show the models’ hair was styled into relaxed, loose waves. With a little bit of styling mousse and curling tongs you should easily be able to recreate this look at home in under ten minutes. Remember to use a large-barrelled curling iron and break up the curls: this look is all about big, sweeping waves and natural-looking texture. For a more retro, Seventies-style effect part your hair slightly off centre and let the waves frame your face for a softer, more feminine effect.

Fendi

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It is always great to see hairstyles that incorporate hair accessories and embellishments because it just opens up so many more possibilities. You have your everyday tousled ponytail, and then you have your Fendi tousled ponytail wrapped up prettily with a scarf. This is one of those hairstyles you can easily wear while you’re doing your grocery and then carry it forward to a lunch date with friends. It’s quick, easy, versatile and pretty.

There really is very little to getting the look right. If you have very frizzy or wavy hair you might want to straighten it to smoothen it out and make it more manageable. Once you are happy with the texture, brush your hair and part it slightly off centre. Pull an inch-and-a-half of hair out in front over the ears on either side. Style these sections into loose waves using curling tongs. Secure the rest of your hair into a ponytail or a low chignon at the back. You don’t have to be particularly neat because we are aiming for that fabulous-without-trying effect here and you want loose, soft waves to frame your face. Once you have your ponytail fastened take a patterned scarf and knot it into a bow around the base of the ponytail. You can work with ribbons as well. This is a great strategy for dressing up an otherwise plain outfit: you can keep your clothes simple and let the hair do the talking.

Giorgio Armani

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Here is the funky one of the lot from the Spring Summer 2015 Milan Fashion Week: Giorgio Armani. If flowers, soft waves and flirty ponytails are not your thing, take a gander at the edgy, braided hairdos from this show. This one is a daring, take-no-prisoners look and it’s great for those of you who are looking for a change of pace. The braids have an almost cornrow-like effect and you need to be quite comfortable with braiding to be able to pull this one off on your own.

The basic principle is rather simple: brush your hair back over the crown and using a rattail comb create rows in the hair the way you’d create a part. You can use two-inch sections for thick braids or take lesser hair if you have practice braiding with thin strands. Braid each of these sections front to back. You can use the Dutch braiding or reverse French braiding technique to get the 3D effect where the braids pop out on your head. I recommend creating three such sections for the best impact, though you can add more and create sections on the sides as well if you like. You can braid these till the nape of your neck and then secure all the hair into a low ponytail or a chignon. If you want to continue with the look you can braid these sections to their very ends, secure with an elastic tie and then carefully hold up the ends and arrange them on the back of your head (you can make twists or coils or arrange them in parallel rows) and fix them in place using hairpins. Don’t fret if you have a bit of an unkempt texture, some frizz or flyaways won’t detract from the look.

You may notice the models’ braids have a lot of depth and dimension: you can achieve the same by using hair extensions of a shade that are lighter or darker than your base colour. Braiding in multiple tones helps make the braids pop so if you’re keen on trying this look for a special occasion, it might well be worth the effort to go that extra mile.

Les Copains

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You asked for sophisticated volume, you got it. I love updos: they look so chic and polished and they are usually much easier to achieve than most people realise. We saw a nice sleek front complimented by volume at the crown and a twist at the back at the Les Copains show at the Milan Fashion Week Spring Summer 2015. If you want to learn how to create this updo, keep reading.

The beauty of this look is in a very soft, ethereal essence and you need the hair texture to reflect that. This is one of those rare updo styles that will work really well in fine hair, provided you have the right length for it. If you have thick, frizzy or heavy hair the first step will be to wash and condition it, and follow that up by straightening the hair. The hair needs to be absolutely smooth and tangle free before you can start styling it. Once your hair is as smooth as it can be, get ready to start styling.

Begin by tracing an arc from the top of one ear to the other with a rattail comb. This will separate about two to three inches of hair around the front and top of your head. Divide this hair into two sections with a middle parting and comb them down on your head and take them behind each ear. We want these sections to merge and blend with the hair at the back, so use precise, careful movements and get the hair right before moving onto the next step. Once it’s neat, comb it in with the other hair and pin it into place, letting it fall under the hair at the crown.

Now separate the rest of your hair into two more sections: the crown and the bottom. For the crown take hair from above the sections we brushed back in the previous step. The styling at the crown should sit above and fall over the two sections coming in from the front. Twist and secure the bottom out of the way. We’re first going to work with the crown.

Starting at the top tease small sections in layers. Once you have the desired volume, create a small (or large!) pouf and gather the crown section into a bouffant. Arrange it at a height you like and smooth away any flyaways and work with the shape until your satisfied. Then, keeping the bump in place add some hairpins in an X shape to hold the bouffant in place. You can loosen the bottom section of your hair at this point and blend all the hair together. Now you can style all the remaining hair any way you like. You can braid it and then coil the braid around the back of your head or you can twist it into a sleek chignon and pin it into place. Add some hairspray and you’re all set.

Moschino

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More volume coming your way from the Moschino Spring Summer 2015 runways. If you’ve managed to take a look at some of the runway photos from this show you’ve probably already seen the very vintage, very voluminous hairstyles from the fashion show. From the bubblegum pink outfits to the model on roller skates, the Moschino show was all about retro, girly fashion and personality. Now, if Barbie beauty is not your thing you might want to skip the buttery yellow wigs but there’s still a lot to be said for this voluminous, curly half-up half-down hairstyle. For starters, it makes for a lot of drama and it can be quite on-the-nose if you are attending a theme party any time soon. If not and you’re just a lover of all things old and bold (and props to you if you are!), this vintage hairdo can be a striking statement to make. We saw models wear it in dark hair too and it looked just as good.

We’re talking face-framing bangs or curves at the front, major volume at the crown (hello, Brigitte Bardot!) and foxy curls sweeping over the shoulders. It’s not the easiest look to pull together at home if you are new to hairstyling but like I always say, with a little bit of practice you should be on your way in no time.

To get the front and the top ready you can follow the steps outlined for the Les Copains look. The only difference is you don’t need to straighten your hair and you need a lot more teasing for a lot more volume at the crown. Once the bouffant is ready and all the loose hair is blended together, instead of twisting it into a chignon you are going to let it hang loose. Use a small-barrelled curling iron and add curls to about a third (from the ends) of the loose hair. You can add a lot of tight curls. For a lot of volume, take each curl and hold a thin section of hair straight and then pull up the rest of the curl along the tautened strand. This will create a tremendous amount of volume and will help the curls fan out in that characteristically 60s way. The curls will also hold for a much longer time. With some hairspray you should be able to wear the look throughout the day without any trouble.

Versace

 

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The models at the Versace Spring Summer 2015 show wore their hair swept back and away from the face; in a slightly more casual and sportier version of the slicked back style we saw at the London Fashion Week Spring Summer 2015. This time the focus is on getting the right amount of volume and grain at the roots, so I advise using a little bit of dry shampoo when you backcomb the roots for that extra volume and gold. You don’t need to tease and arrange a lot of hair: just the front few inches will be enough to create the illusion of a swept back, slightly raised style. You can just brush back the hair on the sides and use a hairspray to hold it into place. For an edgier, grittier version of the look (as is often seen on singer Gwen Stefani who really loves her swept back, rocker chic hairdos) you can slick down the sides using styling gel or mousse. This can be a bold statement for a night out or even an unusual (but mostly appropriate- especially if you’re the boss lady!) look for business meetings and luncheons. It’s all about hard glamour, bold styling and a slightly masculine, raw appeal.

That is it for my favourites from the Milan Spring Summer 2015 Fashion Week. Do let me know which were your favourites. I’ll be covering the Paris Spring Summer 2015 Fashion Week hair trends and styles next, so be sure to check back in for the latest from the hottest runways in the world!

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Best Hair Seen At London Fashion Week Spring Summer 2015

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Hey everyone! How are you all doing? Enjoying the Fashion Weeks? So, the London Fashion Week Spring Summer 2015 just wrapped up and while the jury is still out about the clothes and fashions themselves, we did see quite a few interesting hairstyles. I did note that this year we did not see any particularly unique or striking hairstyles- who knows, we’ve still got Milan and Paris to look forward to- so if you were hoping to be surprised then the London fashion shows probably did not live up to that expectation. However, we did see some nice haircuts, wearable styles and a couple of looks I am sure you can’t wait to try.

I am really looking forward to see what Milan has in store for us in terms of styling and fashion trends for the coming year. But before we turn to the Milan shows, here are my picks of the best hair looks from the London Spring Summer 2015 shows.

Burberry Prorsum

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Texture was the central styling element at the Burberry Prorsum show. The models’ hair was all about wavy, tousled texture and natural parting. The ends were tucked into the collars, but you can just wear it loose as well. This is a very easy, very natural style to sport and it might look like you’ve made no effort at all but that is the secret to the whole look: it’s about beauty and fashion that doesn’t try too hard, that just is. You would be surprised to learn that most of these natural, seemingly un-styled bed-head looks often use just as many styling tools and products, and just as much time and effort, as the more obviously styled ones. The one relaxation is that you don’t have to worry about getting the look perfect because the imperfect, almost unkempt vibe is the USP of the whole thing.

To get this look at home you should start with freshly washed hair. When it’s about 70% dry take a styling product like hair mousse and gently work it into your hair. Scrunch your hair as you go along to boost its natural grain and add some waves to it. If you have very straight hair you might need to use a curling iron or foam rollers to add waves to the look. If you do use a styling tool remember to run your fingers through the curls to break them up and make them look more organic. If you have naturally wavy hair you just need to play up the natural texture of your hair. You can spritz a sea salt spray for some graininess as well. Once you have achieved the desired texture and shape just run your fingers through your hair and let it fall naturally. You can create a parting if you like or just let one take shape of its own accord.

You can wear this style loose or keep the fronts open over the shoulders and tuck the back into a low messy bun or a ponytail. If you’re expecting high humidity or moisture and you want the look to hold just use a smidgen of hairspray before you step out.

Holly Fulton

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I love a dressed up ponytail: it is easy to achieve and nobody’s really expecting it, so it’s a fun way to play around with simple styles. The ponytails at the Holly Fulton London Spring Summer 2015 Fashion Week made for one of those hair trends that just about anyone can master in minutes, whether you have been styling for years or are just starting out. It’s a nice, neat ponytail with some accents.

Here’s how you style it: like a regular ponytail but before you begin, leave an inch-wide section loose at the front on either side. You can make this work with a middle part or by brushing your hair back and covering the part up, as you like. I recommend working with straight, smooth hair to be able to really emphasize the ponytail accent. It can work in curly or wavy hair but you’re more likely to lose the effect that way. Leave the two sections at the front lose and secure your hair into a regular ponytail. Work slowly because this look is about an understated, minimalistic style and we need it to be really smooth and perfect so that nothing detracts from it. When you’re happy with the way your hair looks get ready to arrange the two sections from the front. Pick each section and gently take it towards the back, keeping with the natural lines of your head. You should carefully wind each section around the base of the ponytail. Once you’re done wrapping each section, tuck the ends away into the ponytail and secure with bobby pins. The two sections will create a looped V around the ponytail and instantly glam up an everyday hairstyle. Smooth away any flyaways and use a little shine boosting serum to make your hair look glossy.

Jean Pierre Braganza

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For most people who are new to styling one of the most difficult parts about getting a look right is getting the texture right. Combing, arranging and securing hair isn’t always as complicated as getting the grain and body and shape of the hair perfect for the look. Which is why it is always a delight to work with textures that are easy and can be achieved by just about anybody. When you have the base right, it is only a matter of sectioning and placing hair properly. That’s why this particular look is going to be one that even beginners can attempt without fear. All you need to do is work with smooth, straight hair.

You can get your hair ready with a flat iron or by blow-drying it. The next step is to create a deep side part and pull your hair low across the front on one side, creating the impression of side bangs. Tuck away hair on both sides behind the ears, leaving an inch-wide section out in front of the ears. This creates nice geometric lines in the hair and is a great trick for lazy days when you don’t want to spend a tonne of time styling your hair. You can either wear all the hair pulled over the shoulders to the front or leave some of it to hang loose at the back. The really neat thing about this hairstyle is that it draws attention to the face and emphasizes the eyes and cheekbones, so you can get ready for all the compliments coming your way.

Osman

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There were a couple of different hairstyles and cuts at the Osman show but it was this particular haircut that caught my eye. If you want to cut your hair short for the warmer months, this will make for a wonderful statement. It’s short enough to be cool, comfortable and breezy but delicate enough to be feminine. I love the wispy bangs at the front and the soft layers. Another point in favour of this particular hairstyle is that it is one of those few short haircuts that have a truly universal appeal and will look good on most shapes and features and on people across a spectrum of age groups.

Pringle Of Scotland

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No Fashion Week is complete without at least one designer or brand opting for the wet-look, slicked back style. It’s become almost ritualistic but thankfully it is a style that never really gets boring. Since it is not one of those styles that a lot of people wear, or often, it always makes for an interesting addition to any look. Before we begin on styling steps, a word to the wise: you can wear this style in medium length or longer hair but it really does work best with hair that’s around shoulder length or a little shorter. I’ve mentioned this before, it’s a sharp, edgy look and it is easier to achiever with shorter lengths. You can get the same effect around the crown with a longer length but you will have to work extra to make sure that the rest of your hair keeps with the slick, severe structure and that gets tougher if you have more length and volume to work with. You’ve probably seen a variation of this style on the Kardashians; they’re known to wear their hair slicked back and long so you might want to try it with a little more volume on the top and some really strong holding spray.

Achieving the look itself is pretty straightforward. You want really smooth hair so blow-dry your washed hair and use a flat iron to get that really perfectly straight texture. With a dollop of styling mousse or gel begin combing back your hair. Make sure you don’t leave anything loose at the front. Use a fine-toothed comb to get your hair to lay really flat on the head. You can slick your hair back as far as you’d like: to the middle of your head where you usually knot your bun or right down to the nape, depending on how structured you want the style to look. For the wet-look sheen rub a few drops of oil or shine serum on your palms and carefully pat your hair. Add some hairspray and you’re done.

Tom Ford

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The styling at the Tom Ford Spring Summer 2015 show is without a doubt the most talked about from the London Fashion Week. In an industry of extraordinarily gifted and creative people, Tom Ford is perhaps the most so of the lot. Few other designers and brands can claim the instant recognisability that Tom Ford’s creations always hold. Tom Ford is in a league of his own, and when he shows a collection it’s usually so different it shocks first, and then inevitably awes later.

His shows are always inspiring, and this year was no different. The makeup was spot-on, with very heavy, grunge-y smokey eyes and nude lips and the hair was styled to compliment the look. The look is all about sexy, edgy glamour- it’s almost a bit messy and a bit dirty but in a way that just amps up the oomph. The layered, tousled shaggy cuts are all about effortless sex appeal and rock chic glamour. There’s something so quintessentially 70s about the hairstyles you can’t help but be reminded of the golden days of Rock n’ Roll.  This haircut is in your face, it is audacious and it is unapologetic and in my opinion, it is a stroke of genius. If you’re looking to vamp up your style quotient you cannot go bigger or bolder than this.

Vivienne Westwood

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Vivienne Westwood has always been something of a fashion rebel- a fact you could not have missed even if you were determined to do so! We’re talking about mud-splattered faces and graphic moustaches drawn on the models faces.
And as far as the hairstyles go, there was an equally unique set of looks: some cute and quickly and others downright crazy. But it was all fun and I really enjoyed the show. I’ve picked my favourite hairstyle from the Vivienne Westwood Spring Summer 2015 show and it’s a ponytail that’s unique enough to be really eye-catching but regular enough to be wearable.

The two main elements of this style are volume and waves. You can style this into two ponytails (like pigtails, only without the plaits) or wear it as a single voluminous ponytail for a more sophisticated effect. The ponytail section was all about shiny, big waves that you can easily achieve at home with a large-barrelled curling wand or leave-in rollers. The top half is defined by messy volume, and set off by an almost pompadour-like pouf at the front. With a volumising product or some dry shampoo at the roots and some backcombing you can decide just how big you want to go. Since the look is again supposed to be quirky and effortless, don’t worry about trying to get the crown smooth and sleek. Embrace the flyaways and if you want to add some interest to the look, focus on getting the wavy bottom half sleek and smooth. The dichotomy between the two sections will add some more drama to a very wearable style.

That is it for my favourites from the London Fashion Week Spring Summer 2015. Let me know which styles you liked the most and which ones you plan to try out in the coming months. Watch this space for trends and tips from the Milan Spring Summer 2015 Fashion Week.

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Best Hair Seen At New York Fashion Week Spring Summer 2015

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It is that time of the year again! Fashion Week is on in full swing, and boy is it as good as ever. The New York Fashion Week Spring Summer 2015 was a riot of cuts, colours, textures and fashion and beauty trends. I thought it would be fun to take a look at some of the best hairstyles we saw on the runways this time around. Here is my pick of the best hairstyles and hair trends from the New York Fashion Week Spring Summer 2015. Hope you like them!

Badgley Mischka
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New York Fashion Week Spring Summer 2015

Every year we see a mix of haircuts, styles, colours and accessories that end up defining trends for months to come. Some are wearable, while others not so much: but they are always fun. The hair colour at the Badgley Mischka SS 2015 was one of the first to catch my eye. It’s an interesting gradient from a regular colour to pastel, almost fey-like shades. We’re talking from brown to ice blue!

Now, I understand this is not a look that most will go for and granted, it isn’t the sort of hair trend that you can sport for very long but it is an interesting mix of a number of colour trends we have seen in the past. We’re combining solid, natural colours with the pastel hair trend; we are working with a gradient and creating a rather unique mishmash of highlights and solids. If you don’t want to get your hair coloured and try this on a semi-permanent basis but still want to have some fun, I suggest using clip-in extensions. You can purchase pastel/ rainbow-coloured extensions or you could get hair extensions in very light shades and then colour them according to your own tastes.

Calvin Klein

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You can never, ever go wrong with a high knot in slick hair. It’s just one of those hairstyles that have a timeless appeal and no matter how many times you see it on the runways or on celebrities or even walking down the street, it is going to catch your eye. High buns and knots are always attractive but there is something just so edgy and exciting about such a classic, traditionally feminine hairstyle in slicked-back, wet-look hair.

Prepping your hair properly is the secret to getting this look right. You need to get the hair on the crown to lay really flat against the head while you secure it into a high ponytail. You can use a few drops of Argan oil or a shine-boosting serum while you comb and press your hair down flat and arrange it into a high ponytail. Once you are happy with the way it looks shape the ponytail into a high bun/ knot around its base. You can make a regular bun or layer it a bit by twisting it in on itself or looping it around the ponytail and then drawing hair in through the loop. Playing with different techniques will help you achieve different looks/ dimensions or you could always stick to a classic high bun. You don’t have to worry about tucking the ends in, let them stick out: the pointy ends add a graphic, architectural structure to the look.

Carolina Herrera

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The hairstyles at the Carolina Herrera Spring Summer 2015 also featured a bun accent, but with a twist. In the past two years buns have really made a comeback as a major hair trend, and this new look from the Carolina Herrera show is one I’m hoping people will pick up off the runway too. Instead of a topknot or a ballerina bun or even the twisted/ braided buns we have all come to love, what we have here now is cylindrical bun that lays horizontal on the head. Instead of sitting atop the head or at the nape of the neck, this bun forms a perpendicular line with the head and the unique cylindrical form is really eye-catching. If you love styling your hair into high buns but you are tired of all the usual styles, this is a new one you can try.

Getting this bun right may take some practice. Once you’ve slicked your hair down, secure it into a high ponytail at the point you want to create your bun. Then slowly, starting at the ends, keep rolling your ponytail in on itself creating a nice cylindrical shape as you go. Once you’ve reached the bottom- in this case it’s actually the base/ start of the ponytail- gently hold it to your crown and use some bobby pins to secure the rolled hair in place. You can hide the pins inside the hollow rolled section. Just be sure to use at least two pins from either end (a total of four pins at least) and make an ‘X’ shape to add a really firm hold to the style.

Donna Karan

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Braids are another hair trend that never really go out of style. This past year we’ve mostly seen braids being used as accents in hair so the look from the Donna Karan Spring Summer 2015 show was a welcome take on the technique. The front and top were kept very simple and clean- you can wear your hair brushed back or parted down the middle, depending on what suits you best. This is a style that works best on long hair because you’re basically going to be braiding your hair down the back. At first glance this style might remind you of the traditional schoolgirl braids but upon closer inspection you can see that there’s something just a little bit different about the braids. This style is what is known as the 3D box braiding technique. It creates stacked loops in the braid. Where normal braids/ plaits lay flat, the 3D box braid will seem to jump out at you, no matter what angle you’re looking at it from! The braiding technique is quite easy, with a little bit of practice.

Marc Jacobs

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I love the shaggy, graduated bowl cut that we saw on some of the models at the Marc Jacobs New York Fashion Week Spring Summer 2015 show. The thick, slightly uneven bangs at the front and the angled cut make for a fun, carefree look. While this is admittedly not a hairstyle that a lot of people can sport on a regular basis, I think it’s perfect for students and young people who want a look that is fun and frisky but does not require a lot of maintenance and styling. As with any time you are planning to go in for a drastically different haircut, I advise finding a reputed hairstylist and spending some time discussing the look with them before you take the plunge.

Naeem Khan

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The models’ hair at the Naeem Khan show wasn’t a unique style so much as a glorious example of what happy, healthy hair can look like! The models’ hair was styled into glossy, large waves and the hair was parted slightly off-centre at the front. This is another one of those hairstyles that can work wonders with just about any outfit or for any occasion. I’m personally loving the dark chestnut locks on the models- it is such a great colour for Autumn/ Winter. You can easily achieve this look at home with large curlers or even a big-barrelled curling wand. Once you have your curls in place just remember to run your fingers through them to break them up a little bit. Use a shine-boosting serum to give your hair that extra kick.

Vera Wang

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The styling for the Vera Wang show is not particularly eye-catching or noticeable at first: you only see lose waves in regular-looking hair. However, when you look closer you can see small, skinny braids in the hair and I really loved the idea. It is like finding a little surprise that you aren’t looking for: so it makes it a quirky, fun addition to an otherwise normal, everyday hairstyle. Braid accents are always a nice way to perk up a simple style and these are so easy to pull off. It should not take you more than a couple of minutes. You can add a single braided accent like the models at the Vera Wang New York Fashion Week Spring Summer 2015 show or you can add multiple braids for a more noticeable style. Skinny braids as accents can work in all kinds of hair, whether you are wearing it wavy and relaxed or poker straight or even in a ponytail.

I hope you enjoyed these looks as much as I enjoyed reviewing them. Write to me and let me know which ones you liked best and which you can’t wait to try come spring!

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Keira Knightley At Laggies Premiere At The Toronto International Film Festival 2014

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Hi everyone! I had a fantastic time working with Keira Knightley for her appearance for the Laggies premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival 2014. We went for a sophisticated, low ponytail.

If you have been following the festival- and I’m hoping you have because we have seen such a fantastic lot of styling on this year- you probably already know about Ms. Knightley’s run-in with the rather inclement weather. What I love about all the photos from the event is that you can really see her personality shining through: despite the crazy winds she was smiling and having such a good time on the Red Carpet. I’ve never seen anyone look so graceful and well styled when they are, quite literally, being blown away! Keira has such a lovely, warm personality and working with her was an absolute joy.

If you enjoyed the look and would like to give it a whirl, read the following steps to learn how to recreate it at home.

 

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  1. Spray your damp hair with a volumizing spray and rough-dry it. If you’re working with day-old hair, spritz it with some salt spray and scrunch as you blast hair with a blow-dryer for a minute to bulk up the texture.
  2. Once the hair is completely dry, back-comb the roots of your hair from the crown area all the way down at the back of your head down to the hairline and just gently smooth the outer surface with a brush ( I love the Braun satin hair brush for this as it smoothens out any static frizz )
  3. Create a low sitting side parting.
  4. Spray with a light-hold hair spray, such as Wellaflex for flexible but firm hold.
  5. Using your fingers, gently rake hair straight back and gather it loosely at the bottom of your nape, near your hairline. Secure with an anti snap elastic. Brushing it back can look rigid and can make hair more susceptible to parting on its own later. Loosen a few pieces from the front and sides for a relaxed, undone vibe.
  6. Wrap individual sections of the tail around the barrel of a two-inch curling iron without using the clamp. Hold it for just a few seconds to give hair a bend.
  7. With your fingers, rough up any sections that need a little roughing up to make the style feel easy and relaxed. Mist with that same flexible hold hair spray.
  8.  Give the ponytail a finished look by tying a one-inch strip of velvet ribbon around the elastic.

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Best Hair Styles Seen At Toronto International Film Festival 2014

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Hi everyone! Have you been following the Toronto International Film Festival this year? So many great films have premiered and we’ve been treated to such a delightful bevy of stars on the Red Carpet and at different events. It is going to be a great year for cinema and it never hurts to ogle the fantastic styling. Here is my pick of the best hairstyles we saw at the Toronto International Film Festival 2014. Have fun!

Amanda Seyfried

#AmandaSeyfried #TIFF #2014 Amanda Seyfried’s hairstyle from the TIFF 2014 is one of the most talked about on the Internet, and it is easy to see why! Braids are always a welcome addition to any look, and Amanda’s half-braided-half-ponytail look struck just the right note with her delicate ivory lace outfit. The hair is parted slightly to one side on the front and then braided from the front to the back on both sides. You can choose the kind of braids you would like to go with, from a regular French braid to an inside-out fishtail braid, have fun and play around with styles until you find one you like the best. At the point where the two braids meet at the nape of your neck you can combine the hair together and secure it into a ponytail. If you’d like to do it up a little further you can take a section of hair from the ponytail and braid it and then wrap the braid around the base of the ponytail to cover your hair elastic and dress the look up further. Just tuck away the ends into the elastic and you are all set. You can leave your ponytail absolutely natural or straighten it out, or like Amanda, wear it in loose waves.

Anna Kendrick

#AnnaKendrick #TIFF #2014 Anna Kendrick is such a fun young lady, and of late she’s been really a delight to watch in terms of styling and beauty. Her white dress at the TIFF 2014 was a real Red Carpet hit, combined with her glossy chestnut locks. It is a timeless hairstyle and one that will look good on women of all ages. If you want to try this look on at home begin by washing and conditioning your hair. You can let it air-dry if you have naturally smooth and silky hair, but if you don’t I would recommend blow-drying to get the right texture. Curl your hair using a thick-barrelled curling iron. If you want to avoid heat styling you can also use large foam rollers for this look. Once your hair is curled take a few drops of a shine-boosting serum on your fingers and gently run them through your hair. This will help break the curls a little bit and also make your hair look glossy. Carefully part your hair just slightly off centre and then pull it across and over one shoulder. Add some hairspray to hold the curls together and get ready to wow the world!

Cara Delevigne

#CaraDelevingne #TIFF #2014 Cara Delevigne has become one of the hottest sensations of the fashion and beauty world in recent years, and it is easy to see why. With a striking, feline beauty and an inimitable personal sense of style, the English beauty is a sight for sore eyes. Cara’s hair at the Toronto International Film Festival 2014 was perfect for someone her age: tousled and casual but styled and attractive nonetheless. All you need to do is style your washed and conditioned hair into small-to-medium curls, run your fingers through your hair and then create a deep side part and divide the hair into two sections and pull them to the front over both shoulders. Cara’s hair has been layered a little bit on the top for some added volume and it is quite an easy trick: once you part your hair you don’t have to wear it neatly; if you’ve parted your hair and allowed it to fall naturally into two sections you can take some hair from one side (near the crown) and pull it back over to the other, covering some of the part for a slightly tousled look. Just a little flip back over and you have instant volume! This is a great way to wear your hair if you want to frame your face and leave your neck/ back exposed. Whether you’re showing off a stunning backless outfit or a tattoo or back chain, this is a quick and funky style to throw together.

Keira Knightely

#KeiraKnightley #TIFF #2014 Keira Knightely was absolutely stunning at the Toronto Film Festival this year. Attending for her film with Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game, the actress was on top of her styling game with perfectly done makeup and soft waves in shoulder-length hair. It’s a very casual hairdo but when paired with the right outfit and makeup, even the simplest style can look really pretty- as we can clearly see on Ms. Knightely here. You can easily add waves to your own freshly washed and blow-dried hair using curling tongs. Keira’s waves here are the perfect balance between tight ringlets and very large, loose waves so they’ve got just the right amount of definition for a semi-formal style. What makes her hair look so great here is that it is obviously in great shape- you only need to glance at the photo to see how healthy, soft and shiny it looks. As I reiterate often, sometimes all you need is healthy hair, good tools and the right products and you can make even the most straightforward hairstyles look fabulous!

Reese Witherspoon

#ReeseWitherspoon #TIFF #2014 The world knows the Legally Blonde actress for her trademark blonde locks and sweet Southern charm, so the sexy smokey eye and bombshell hair had everyone turning around for a second look at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival! This is such a splendid hairstyle for medium to long hair and it is perfect for every occasion: whether you are stepping out for a quick bite with friends or attending your sister’s wedding. You can never go wrong with a great blow out and this hairstyle is a fantastic example of how to wear blow-dried hair without making it poker straight or going the usual ends-curled-in or ends-flipped-out route. You can have fun with a blow-dry too, as Reese here clearly knows! As always, her signature bangs are perfectly styled and a great example of how you can look lovely with bangs at any age. All you need to do is find the right type for your face and go to a good stylist. That’s it for my favourites from the Toronto International Film Festival 2014. Keep your eyes open for upcoming posts on the Fashion Weeks. We’re going to have a great time reviewing the best styles and picking trends for the coming months!

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Best Hairstyles from Emmy Awards 2014

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Emmy Awards 2014

Hey everyone! The 2014 Emmy Awards were a really enjoyable experience. For those of us in the fashion and styling industry, the different awards shows all seem to have a personality of their own: the Oscars are undeniably sophisticated and a little bit old school in terms of style and the Met Gala experiments with lots of interesting, quirky and chic statements. The Emmy Awards give us a happy mix of glamorous style interspersed with the celebs’ own fun personalities. Here’s my take on the five best looks from the 2014 Emmy Awards.

Sarah Hyland

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Sarah Hyland’s voluminous high bun harks of vintage glamour. It is a very classic look, and an interesting one on the young actress. Ballerina buns are an eternal favourite, and with the right amount of texturising this hairdo can be a great hit with almost any kind of outfit. The best part about this particular hairstyle is that you can easily achieve it at home with a hair donut, a volumising product and some holding spray.

Hayden Panettiere

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The absolutely radiant mum-to-be was unmissable at the 2014 Emmy Awards, stunning in silver. The textured updo is one we’ve seen several times on the Red Carpet, but it never gets old. There’s a distinctly Cinderella-esque vibe to this updo, which makes it a fabulous choice for gowns and formal occasions. To dress it up, the Heroes actress added a dainty bejewelled headband.

Kaley Cuoco

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I absolutely loved Kaley Cuoco’s 2014 Emmy Awards look because it was such an excellent balance between all sorts of style elements! The coral pink Monique Lhuillier gown made for such a feminine statement while her short, spiky punk hairdo is a great change from her traditional waves. Kaley’s look from last night is a fantastic example of how women with short, spunky hair can also look feminine and glamorous at formal events. Full marks for getting the most out of an edgy hairdo!

Claire Danes

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The Homeland star was resplendent in a tomato red Givenchy Haute Couture gown with an embellished neckline, lace overlay and a cut-out detail. At the front her hair was combed back over to one side, creating an unusual softly angled side parting, with some loose strands gently framing the face. However, it’s the back of the hairdo that really steals the show: a striking braided chignon. All you need to do to get this look is arrange the front in a way that flatters your face and features, braid the back into a piece-y fishtail braid and then carefully lift the braid and pin it into place at the back of your hair, forming a chignon/ updo-like structure as you go. It’s really quite as easy as that!

Lizzy Caplan

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Lizzy Caplan’s black and white Donna Karan Atelier gown was one of the more sophisticated outfits on the Red Carpet last night, and she matched it perfectly with an elegant low chignon. A deep side part and smooth hair made for a very clean, classy look that’s all about understated elegance. The trick to getting such a look right is to ensure that there are absolutely no flyaways or loose strands.

I hope you liked my picks from the 2014 Emmy Awards. Do let me know what your favourites were!

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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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http://www.amazon.com/Fashion-Germany-Martina-Rink/dp/3791348892/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1404586876&sr=1-2
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Rosie Huntindon – Whitely for Violet Grey

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Rosie Huntindon – Whitely for Violet Grey

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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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