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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!