Ruth Wilson looked sensational at the Met Ball

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.