Paris Fashion Week A/W 2012

Paris Fashion Week gave us a wonderful mix of classic styles with modern updates.  Clean textures, subtle details, and bold colors made for another lovely season! Love the messy, funky vibe to the braided up-style at Alexis Mabille.  To try it on, create small pony tails and randomly twist and braid them towards the crown of your head.  Gather them all together with an elastic and secure with pins into a sweet little top knot.  For extra shine and control, rub some light wax or pomade onto your finger tips before braiding so that it can distribute through the plait without getting too heavy in one spot.

I'm always excited to see what will happen on the heads at Gareth Pugh, and this season was delighted by the subtle clear bands wrapped around the hair and face.  The shape is almost medieval, but the clear, shiny material lends a futuristic appeal.

Slicked back, wet hair made its debut last season at the S/S 2012 shows.  It's still here, and I'm still a fan.  Don't wait until the fall to try this trend; personally I recommend pulling out the hair gel and enjoying this fresh look all spring and summer!

It's amazing what a difference the placement of a parting can make! Simple hairstyles can make a statement when the parts are dramatic and the finishes are super clean, illustrated perfectly at Guy Laroche and Issey Miyake. 

 Valentino dropped an impeccable center split, and by twisting the sides back gave the look an elven flair.  Hairspray and pomade are your best friends to keep fly-aways at bay when wearing these styles.

Jean Paul Gaultier played up the model's roots with a shock of electric blue, and I can't get enough!  For tips on trying this look, refer to my post on temporary haircolour techniques!

Feathers in the hair is nothing new, but I couldn't help but applaud the texture and dimension created by layering black, brown, and dark blue at Ann Demeulemeester.  You can create a more wearable version of this look by buying tracks of shorter feathers at your local crafts store and twisting and pinning them into your hair.   Have fun playing with different shapes -- you will find them to be much more user-friendly then you may have imagined!

My favourite "faux-hawk" of the season award goes to Manish Arora!  Generously apply dry shampoo throughout your roots to give the hair a malleable texture, then sweep everything up into a high pony tail.  Twist forward and pin into place, leaving the end of the tail a bit loose  and pull a few pieces down for a gentle faux fringe.

Contrasting textures, an interesting shape, and that shock of blue (again!) all lead to Yohji Yamamoto being my top pick at Paris Fashion Week.  It's modern, cool, and perfectly executed.  J'adore!!