London Fashion Week - A/W 2012

London Fashion Week gave us some major variety this season! From pretty, wearable braids to looks that cold inspire your next Halloween costume, here are some of my favourite looks of the week! I love the direction this trend is headed!  Braids this season were generally messier and softer than what we've seen in the past. Textured, pulled out finishings provides a hipper look and makes re-creating them much easier.  Mark Fast topped his uneven braids with awesome wool caps, (huge fan of this look!)  and Mulberry showed them randomly pinned around the head in flattering shapes.

 

"Piled" hair was another popular look this season, as in hair was back-combed, loaded with dry shampoo or hairspray, and literally piled on top of the head and strategically twisted and pinned to created the modern, fresh up-styles seen at Vivienne Westwood and Jean Pierre Braganza.  If you like wearing your hair this way, I recommend investing in some high quality textured hairpins.  They cost a bit more than the drug store variety, but you will only need to use a few to hold your hair in place for hours.  Less pins will give you much better results and keep the loose, effortless vibe that gives this style it's edge.

The beautiful, voluminous waves at Issa looked fabulous with the 60's inspired pulled back top section.  Creating this retro style is easy!  After adding some waves to dry hair with medium sized tongs, back comb the top section of your the hair, spray with hairspray, and smooth back to the crown.  I would finish the look with a rectangular barrette or comb at the crown to keep the hair in place.  Brush out your waves with a paddle brush, (I love my Braun Satin Hairbrush for this technique,) to blend them together and give a soft, shiny finish.

We witnessed the emerging headband trend in NY, and are happy to see it continued in London with this chic, thick version topping the messy chignons at Clements Ribeiro.   A medium to thick sized black headband is such a simple way to give an instant update to your everyday hair, it definitely makes my short list of "must have" hair accessories.

A good ponytail is never out of style! This season, triangular partings at Craig Lawrence gave a fun, geometric update to the classic, while Jena Theo added a touch of volume at the top with the help of some dry shampoo.  I also like the idea of adding another dimension to the look by keeping the white powder visible at the roots.

At McQ by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, these giant bagel shaped rolls looked amazing coming down the runway. I love the proportion and the shine!

Love the "punk rock peacock" hair at Louise Gray!! The bold shapes and dramatic yellow blondes worked incredibly well with the eclectic collection.

There were so many different looks at Meadham Kirchhoff, I couldn't do it justice without showing more than one! Yellow, orange, white, black- so many colours and and equal variety of alien inspired shapes came forth in this creative, upbeat collection of hairstyles!!