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Recently had the opportunity to work on this fashion shoot in the desert. The whole vibe was very sexy, very earthy and as real as could be. For the hair, we went with wild, wild curls that mimic the windblown, sun-kissed beauty of the desert. It’s all natural and all fabulous. Think of it as a more modern, relaxed take on Sandy’s hair from Grease.

I love curly hair- both as a base for more advanced looks and as a hairstyle in itself. Whether you use curly hair to play up an updo or a braid, or you wear it loose on its own, there’s something about the texture that’s instantly sexy and playful. We went with loose, springy curls with a lot of volume, body and movement. Larger curls usually tend to open up and veer more towards the wavy end of the style spectrum, but we kept these curls big but well defined. The secret to making curly hair look good is in maintaining bounciness- your hair should always look ‘alive’ and not like it’s being weighed down by its own weight or the weight of a styling product or hair accessory. A lot of little tricks and techniques go into making even the simplest hairstyles look fabulous, and I’m glad to have had a chance to work on this desert story concept and to revisit one of my favorite looks.

Many thanks to the fabulous team and everyone who worked to make this shoot possible. One of the best parts of my job is working at these spectacular locales: no matter how far and wide I travel and the interesting, innovative creations the industry comes up with, I never fail to be impressed by all the raw beauty to be found in nature. So much of my work is inspired by the things I see in daily life and the world around me and this most recent fashion spread is an example of how there is room for a marriage between the editorial and the earthy.

The Team :

#photo @daniellamidenge

#styling @theresa.pichler 

#shot in #joshuatrea #RanchoV thanks to @shotbyrocco for the amazing location! 

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Shailene Woodley For NYLON Magazine| April 2015

Out today!

So excited to share the Nylon Magazine cover & story featuring the stunning and talented actress Shailene Woodley.  The images where shot by Hilary Walsh of Atelier Management for the Nylon Magazine beauty issue.

THE CREW:

Photography by :Hilary Walsh

Styling by : J Errico, 

Makeup by : Gloria Noto 

Manicuring by  : NettieDavis.

Hair by : Sascha Breuer   @shailenewoodleyofficial  #shailenewoodley #hairbysaschabreuer   @shailenewoodleyofficial  #shailenewoodley #hairbysaschabreuer @shailenewoodleyofficial  #shailenewoodley #hairbysaschabreuer @shailenewoodleyofficial  #shailenewoodley #hairbysaschabreuer

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@shailenewoodleyofficial - Shailene Woodley / talent

@hilarybwalsh - Hilary Walsh / photog @ateliermgmt

@j_errico - J. Errico / stylist

@glorianoto - Gloria Noto / makeup

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Hair Trends From Milan Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2015

Milan Autumn Winter 2015 turned up some of the hottest, edgiest and most amazing hair trends for the coming year. Honestly, I had such a hard time picking my top looks from Milan because every single runway looked like it was going to be dictating 2015 hair trends for months to come. If there is one thing that Milan 2015 taught us, it’s this: 2015 is going to be all about hair that’s short, textured and pulled up. From updos to high ponytails to faux bobs, this year is all about short sassy hair. We’re taking all traditional ideals of beauty back this season, and spinning them around; so, hairstyles that leave you feeling exposed are the it thing this season: your style strength’s in your vulnerability ladies. Own it today!

Blugirl

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I am in love with the gorgeous springy curls from the Blugirl show. If you have naturally wavy or straight hair, proper tight curls can instantly transform your entire look.

If heat styling is not your thing or you just want to give your mane a rest, voluminous curls are the way to go. All you need is a big enough set of bendy foam rollers. Simply wash your hair in the evening and allow it to dry naturally. When it’s about 70% dry, add the rollers to your hair. Roll your hair in one-to-two inch wide sections. Make sure you divide your hair into numerous horizontal layers around the head and start rolling from the bottommost layer and make your way upwards, to the layer right at the crown. This will give you all-over curls, instead of the half-sleek-half-curly style. To curl your hair from the roots, and not just the mid-lengths, take the rollers all the way up to the scalp or as close as you can get. Once the foam rollers are in place, simply tie a scarf around your head and go to sleep. Keeping the rollers in overnight will give you the most long-lasting, bouncy curls ever.

When you remove the rollers the next day just gently run your fingers through your hair to break the curls up a bit and give them more body and shape. Create a side part with your fingers and flip the curls over slightly towards one side. You can add hairspray for some extra hold; though they should last till the next wash easily, so as long as you avoid humidity.

Emporio Armani

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Super short and super chic. That’s what comes to mind when you take a look at the very funky pageboy cuts from the Emporio Armani Milan Fall 2015 runway. The thick fringes and the ear-skimming length are further complimented by the natural messy, wavy texture. We’re so used to seeing ultra-sleek textures in short hairdos that this one made for such a refreshing change. If you’re worried that the boyish cut won’t do you any favours, just take a look at the photos: the style is startlingly feminine. You know why? Because it really emphasises the eyes and the natural planes of the face and the neck. It takes a lot of daring, yeah, to pull off something like this but if you’ve got a desire to let your natural strengths do the talking for you, the trend makes for some serious style inspiration.

Fendi

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The models at the Fendi Milan Fall 2015 show had their hair styled into loose, low knots twisted around a headband. The ruched leather headbands made for a very mod hair accessory, and the messy styling is just the thing you need when putting together an elaborate look seems like a herculean task.

You can wear the trend in your natural hair texture, though it helps if you dry your hair straight. That said: you don’t need your hair to be sleek or poker straight, just free of curls and wave so you can achieve the ‘naturally structured’ effect.

Simply pull on a headband that you like and then take all the hair in the back, flip it around and twist it to one side and then pull it over and around the headband to create a knot. Pin the ends of your hair under the headband, allowing the tips to ‘poke out’ messily as they may. Created by Sam McKnight, think of this hair trend as the busy girl’s everyday French twist.

MaxMara

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The faux bob trend continues to burn bright with the MaxMara Autumn Winter 2015 show, and this particular take on the season’s hottest hair trend been inspired by none other than Marilyn Monroe. We’ve got ourselves a piecy, wavy faux bob with a heavy side part, loads of volume at the crown and some truly fabulous texture. Get set to make nice with your bobby pins because you’ve got a lot of twisting and pinning and tucking to do.

It’s easy, it’s edgy and it’s effortless elegance.

Prada

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In what is being hailed as one of this season’s biggest hair trends, Prada has given us a ponytail like no other. Created by Guido Palau, this sizzling new hair trend takes the always-lovable high ponytail and gives it a major upgrade. It’s one of those rare hair trends that are undeniably fashion-forward but oh-so-easy to style. Here’s what you need to do to get this quirky, kicky look at home:

Wash and blow-dry your hair smooth, then use a straightening iron to get it really sleek. Carefully comb your hair and secure it in a really tight high ponytail. Make sure all your hair lies flat and smooth against the crown, and arrange the base of the ponytail on the highest part of your head. Then, simply hold the ponytail and bring it forward to one side and pin it against the crown, a few inches over one ear. You’re creating an inverted cupped structure against the head, and it’s almost like a half-bun or an updo. To finish the look, take your favourite bejewelled hair accessories and use them to cover the pins.

If oversize statement necklaces have been a favourite fashion trend, think of how much you’re going to love the oversize statement hairpins! You can add some to the other end, near the base of the ponytail as well for some extra bling.

The off-kilter ponytail is, as Palau himself termed it, “the new updo”.

I personally think all the various takes on the ‘pulled up/ away/ back’ hair trend from Milan Autumn Winter 2015 Fashion Week are absolutely breathtaking. I love short hair because it gives you such a boost of style and confidence. It’s a great way to play up your natural beauty, emphasize your features and experiment with style. You can draw attention to and elongate the neck, you can bring out all your necklaces and earrings to play this season and you finally get to show off all the amazing collars and necklines that end up hidden away by the long hair.

As noted actress, writer and one-time editor of French Vogue Joan Juliet Buck once said, “Short hair removes obvious femininity and replaces it with style”.

 

 

 

Hair Trends From London Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2015

Bette Midler famously said, “When it's three o'clock in New York, it's still 1938 in London”. Anyone who has been lucky enough to have spent time in both cities will at once know this to be true. Where New York is almost futuristic and every minute calls out to tomorrow, walking past iconic London spots will make you feel like you’ve fallen back in time. However, there’s nothing old-timey about the fashion in London: it is as fresh, edgy and innovative as fashion gets. I’ve really enjoyed the collections and styling at the London Autumn Winter 2015 Fashion Week. It’s been a blast, and as always I’ve shortlisted my pick of the best looks and trends from the London 2015 Autumn Winter Fashion Week for my readers to try out.

Ashish

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Playing around with colour is always fun, and if you’re looking for a new take on the trend, you might find some inspiration from this particular show. The models had sections of hair dyed in all sorts of pastel hues and bright sunny colours. We’ve seen similar takes on the colour trend before, but what made this iteration noteworthy is the surprising mash up between the base colour and the highlights/ pops of colour.

We’re all so used to seeing pastels in light hair and jewel tones in dark hair that this particular trend is an absolute delight. Even though coloured streaks as of themselves are supposed to be a daring fashion trend, you can’t deny that there are all these unsaid ‘rules’ of sorts about even the more adventurous fads; but with this colour trend from the Ashish show at the London 2015 Fashion Week we’re celebrating one of my favourite fashion mottos: follow or break the rules at your own pace.

So, whether you’ve got light hair or dark hair or the fashion magazines say a pop of pastel is an absolute no-no in your overall colour, just follow your heart and let your head reflect the same!

Bora Aksu

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Ponytails make for some of the best hairstyles for a range of reasons: they’re casual yet cute, they’re easy to put together, they wear well over long hours and they’re a happy medium between unstyled hair and formal hairdos. If you’re looking for some new ponytail ideas, this photo from the Bora Aksu show at the London 2015 Autumn Winter Fashion Week should give you some great ideas.

The deep side part, the hair sweeping over the forehead and the low ponytail are all classics, but the way these elements have been tweaked and balanced together in this particular look is what makes the look unique. The side ponytail is usually worn rather low on the head, below the ear so it’s nice to see all the height. You’ve probably also noticed the lack of a visible hair tie: so, it might not be your conventional ponytail but it’s a great trend isn’t it?

To achieve the look at home, begin by creating a deep side part. If you have bangs, sweep them over the forehead; if you don’t you can create the illusion of bangs by combing some hair forward and to the side. The next step is to brush all your hair back over from one side and bring it over the shoulder. You can always use long clamp/ banana clips to create the ponytail-like structure or just a regular hair tie (only securing your hair higher than usual on the side). For a more authentic take on the trend, hold all your hair at the height you’d like and very gently backcomb it from the back to give it some stiffness and support. Begin by teasing the hair in layers from the back to the front, and only two inches or so at the roots. You just want to create the “base” for the side ponytail. Smooth down the front carefully, without disturbing the volume or the stiffness. Add a stronghold hairspray. You can then slip in bobby pins at the back to keep the ‘ponytail’ in place on your head. You can also use a hair comb and slide that into place vertically behind your ear to secure the style.

If you’re not sure about the style staying in place but you don’t want the hair tie to show up either, you could just sweep the bangs over it to cover it. Or you can take a section of hair out of the tie and let it fall over the tie to hide it.

Burberry Prorsum

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If you’re keen on going red, this particular blazing shade of copper is enough to make everyone stop in their tracks, but that’s not the trend that caught my eye at the Burberry Prorsum Autumn Winter 2015 show: it’s the quiff.

Quiffs were traditionally a rather masculine take on hair styling but they’re such an absolutely delicious hair statement that I’m glad to see them become more mainstream and popular in the last couple of years. A quiff is a fantastic accent to all kinds of hairstyles: you can wear it with your hair open in a whole lot of textures or you could wear it with a ponytail or even to counterbalance a topknot.

The quiff from the Burberry Prorsum show is styled to one side and used to offset a side part, and it’s got a bit of a wave-like feel to it. If you’ve got bangs you can even turn them in on themselves so that the tips lay them against your crown to create a pouf and a slight curl that swoops in on itself. Leave a few tendrils loose to soften the look if you’re worried about it being too strong a statement for you.

Erdem

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Everyone knows I love volume, so it probably comes as no surprise that the big bouffant accents at the Erdem show caught my eye. The side-swept bangs and the sleek low ponytail are perfectly accentuated by the fabulous volume at the crown. You can go beehive-big or just style the crown into a nice, medium-sized bump. It’s a great way to dress up a ponytail and you can have the entire look ready in a matter of minutes. Since it does involve some teasing, I recommend using a great hairspray to keep the volume in place. If you’re not a fan of backcombing your hair or you don’t have the time you can use one of those styling bump-it tools to create some instant volume! Just pin it into place using bobby pins and cover it with your own hair and it’ll be as natural-looking as a teased bouffant.

Holly Fulton

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The hairstyle from the Holly Fulton Autumn Winter 2015 show combines an interesting mix of individual trends: short bangs, loose feminine waves, and a bouffant for some volume at the crown. The great thing about this hairdo is that it’s super intriguing but easily achievable at home if you’ve got a little bit of experience with teasing your hair and styling it. You can pick and choose between the various individual elements that make up the trend for an overall look that’s both feminine and formal but also a little mod and unusual thanks to the interplay of the bangs and the messy volume.

If you’re looking for a change in hairstyle, I really recommend the short bangs. We’ve seen a lot of long layers and side-swept bangs in recent times but short fringes are making a comeback. They’re chic and rather versatile: you could style the rest of your hair for an old-world, ladylike effect and the bangs would look dainty or you could rock some punk ‘do for a sassier style statement.

Jasper Conran

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We’ve seen some fabulous faux bobs in recent times: Emma Stone’s hairdo from the 2015 Academy Awards comes to mind. The look from the Jasper Conran show makes for a rather dainty hair trend. Something about the ends curled inwards, the soft waves in the hair and the wispy locks framing the face the makes for quintessential ‘English Rose’ vibe. If cutting your hair into a short bob calls for way more courage than you have at the moment, the faux bob is your friend. This is a lovely vintage-y hairstyle that would be perfect with day dresses, bridesmaid dresses and really, any outfit or occasion when you want something formal but also charming.

Sass & Bide

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I picked the hair look from the Sass & Bide Autumn Winter 2015 London show because I think, just like chignons and volume, straight layered haircuts never really go out of style. The choppy layers and the strong fringe immediately create a bold, rocker chick impression. Those of you who enjoy your style statements a little cheeky will absolutely love this trend. It’s a sleeker, straighter version of the wavier lobs that we’ve seen in fashion shows and off the runways in the past year.

If you do get your hair cut to this trend you can wear it both straight and sleek or voluminous and wavy: and just that little switch in texture will leave you with two completely different looking hairstyles. In fact, you could even keep the roots voluminous and straighten the ends, or do the opposite. The sheer number of possibilities with the shag haircut is a stylist’s dream. So, this particular hair trend really gets my vote.

The London 2015 Autumn Winter show threw up some really neat trends to try out in the coming year. Let me know which one you’ll be sporting!

 

Hair Trends From New York Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2015

One of the best parts about the Fashion Weeks- apart from an opportunity for some serious wardrobe planning- is that you get to predict trends for the coming season. Yes, fashion and beauty are all about your own individual personality and sense of style, but it helps to take a look at what other people are loving, doesn’t it? After all, we all need a little bit of inspiration every now and then. That’s why I love mapping trends from the Fashion Weeks. They give you a sense of old styles that are still as fabulous as ever and new ones that you might not have thought of yourself. Whether you choose to recreate these looks strand-for-strand or you put together your own take on a trend, here are my picks of the best hairstyles from the New York Autumn Winter 2015 Fashion Week.

Anna Sui

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Models at the Anna Sui Autumn Winter 2015 show had their hair styled naturally. In other words, models sported their own normal hair texture, cut and style- just amped up to look good on the runway. I rather love the boho, beachy waves from this particular look but there were a lot of other great-looking textures to be seen as well.

The best part about going with your regular hair cut/ texture is that you don’t have to learn a whole new style or spend lots of time putting it together. Instead, you can focus on something many hair stylists and fashion lovers fail to pay attention to: healthy, happy hair. Let your natural beauty do the talking just this once, and you’ll be glad you did.

One of the best ways to play up your own hair texture is to let your hair air dry after you wash it. If you must use a towel, simply press sections of your hair between the fabric and don’t rub it together. Use a texture-boosting product like a sea-salt spray and not a texture-altering product.

Good dietary, sleeping and exercise habits go a long way towards guaranteeing naturally fabulous hair but if you’ve got an important event coming up and you want to go the natural route and are worried about limp, straggly or brittle hair here’s what you need to do: use a shampoo and an intensive conditioner to wash your hair, let it air dry, use a sea-salt spray or a similar product and brush out your hair. Then just dab on the tiniest smidgen of a hair serum onto your palms and ever so gently pat your hair to give it a natural, healthy-looking sheen.

Marchesa

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I quite liked a couple of the hairdos seen on the Marchesa Autumn Winter 2015 runway. They had a retro flavour but also looked rather satisfactorily contemporary. The curls you can see on this particular model are a lot more defined and piece-y than how most people wear their hair when they curl it, which is why I thought it would make for a fun addition to this post. Most people tend to let their curls cool and set and then either brush them out or run their fingers through them to loosen them up and blend them together. Which is great for when you want a softer, more romantic and more everyday iteration of curly/ wavy hair. However, if you want something a lot more noticeable, this trend is just the thing to try.

You’ll notice how the hair has been parted to one side: creating a deep part and flipping some hair over to one side when you’ve got curls going immediately lends a distinctly vintage aura to the look. These strong, defined curls are a great option if you’re bored of your everyday look or even if you’re headed out someplace and you don’t want to walk the predictable updo route.

You might notice that there’s quite a bit of frizz to be observed at the roots with this particular style. You can leave it like so if you don’t mind. However, if your hair is dry or weak, it might frizz out pretty bad and detract from the look. a fairly easy way of dealing with this is to simply hold your palm open flat under sections of curled hair, gently scrunch it up and make an upward-downward spring-like motion a few times. Repeat all over the head. This will help set the curls and combat frizz.

Naeem Khan

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The models at the Naeem Khan Fall 2015 show had some of the most interesting hairstyles from the Autumn Winter 2015 New York Fashion Week. The hair was parted deep and flipped over and then arranged into a conical French twist-like structure that ran from the front to the back. Now, I understand that this exact hair trend itself might be a little OTT for regular life when you’re not strutting down the runway or posing for the paparazzi ,but it really is eye-catching. And, for those of you at home who’re looking for a more wearable iteration of the trend, you could just use the inspiration to add some Rockabilly 40s-inspired curl accents to your hair. The pin-up look is a timeless trend and you could easily use it to add some extra oomph to your everyday ponytail or open curls.

If you do want to recreate the look at home, first decide the side you’d like to create the twist on. You’re going to have to part your hair over to this side from the other. Since we want the hair to make a smooth transition from one side to the other, and you can’t just pull all of it over to one side, I recommend making a part about four to five inches down and flipping this section over to the other side. This will create two layered sections on the side away from the twist: the one you’re flipping over and merging and the remaining hair towards the nape of your neck. Just gently brush this remaining hair over behind your neck, following the natural contours of your head and comb it in to blend with the rest of your hair. Once this is done, all your hair should be on one side.

You’ll have to start at the tips and start rolling your hair in on itself to create a twist. Once the twist is at the roots (or the height you prefer, ideally around the highest points of your ear) start arranging it in place along your head using bobby pins. You can give the rolled twist more shape and structure as you secure it in place. I recommend criss-crossing the bobby pins in Xs for extra support. Once you’re happy with the look just add some hairspray for hold.

Since this is probably the trickiest of the looks in this post, I do advise perfecting the classic French twist first. It’s much easier to pull together when you’re creating a vertical twist at the back of your head. Once you’ve got the hang of that you’ll find this look a lot easier to style.

Proenza Schouler

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Sometimes the best hair trends aren’t so much haircuts and hairstyles as hair accessories. Let’s face it: everyone loves a good hair accessory. It’s the easiest, quickest route to a glamorous look without having to spend ages styling your hair or prepping it with the right product. Even the best of us need a cheat day every now and then. If you’re heading out but you just can’t be bothered to tame, tease and texturise those tresses of yours, take a cue from the Proenza Schouler Autumn Winter 2015 show.

The leather headbands are such a fabulous accessory.

Chic. Glam. Edgy.

You could wear them at a regular height with a ponytail or a chignon for a slightly sassier interpretation of preppy hairstyles. Or you could wear it close to the hairline for a rather bold statement.

All these years in the business and it never fails to surprise how such a simple accessory or styling trick can completely revolutionize one’s entire look!

Victoria Beckham

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Victoria Beckham is one of those women who just know fashion. You may or may not agree with her personal fashion choices but you cannot deny, the lady’s got style. The hair trend I’ve picked from the Victoria Beckham Autumn Winter 2015 New York show combines some of my favourite elements: slicked-down crown, straight sleek ponytails and fun accents.

You will obviously need very slick, very glossy hair to work this look. Allow your hair to dry naturally until it’s about 70% dry and then blow-dry it straight. To get it really smooth, use a straightening iron. With a styling product like mousse or a paste and a fine-toothed comb lay your hair down flat and brush it towards the back. Make sure your hair is really slick against your head. Now, as you can clearly see, what makes this hairstyle different from other slicked-back sleek ponytails is the accent at the base of the ponytail.

There are a number of different ways you can go about achieving this. You can secure all your hair into a high ponytail and then lift a section from the ponytail to style around the base. Or you could create two ponytails, one on top of the other, such that the upper ponytail would contain lesser hair and would be used to create the accent around the ‘main’ ponytail. Since I really do believe that fashion is equal parts inspiration and customization, go ahead and create your own accent. You could simply loop the hair around the base or you could create a little bun/ knot on top of the ponytail. You could create a figure 8 structure or even a cylindrical bun pinned flat against your head. Get styling!

One thing that really stood out when I was reviewing the New York Autumn Winter 2015 shows was just how many designers chose to go with the ‘natural-looking hair’ trend. I particularly loved the beachy waves and texture on the model from Anna Sui’s show but there were also a whole lot of other designers who kept the models’ natural hairstyles and textures and just emphasized the same. If you don’t have enough time to put together an intricate hairdo it’s important to know how to optimise your own natural look. And it’s so important to appreciate it. Often, you’ll find that your natural hair texture and volume and a great haircut make for the best style statement of them all.

Learning to boost your hair health and play up your strengths is one of the essential commandments of good hair! I love new, previously unseen hairdos and styles just as much as the next person but I also think this is a great development both on and off the runway.

Shailene Woodley For The Hollywood Film Awards 2014

I had the pleasure of working with the super talented Shailene Woodley for the Hollywood Film Awards 2014. Shailene is such a delight to be around and I’m sure everyone is always saying this about Hollywood stars and celebrities but boy, that girl is one cool person. I styled Shailene’s hair using natural beeswax, slicking it back and away from the face with the subtlest hint of volume on top and a glossy & shiny texture. I wanted to really open up her face and let her features do all the talking, whilst complimenting her casual, effortless style.

Personally, I love it when women rock short hair with glam outfits and I think the starfish-patterned Valentino gown with its nude palette and subtle shimmers was a stroke of genius with her short low key hair. I hope this will help to inspire you to take a cue from Shailene’s look and have some fun with your short to mid length hair!

Watching her win the Breakout Actress Award for her role in this year’s hit The Fault In Our Stars was an absolute thrill. It’s a truly well deserved honour and if Shailene’s portrayal of Hazel Grace Lancaster, a teenager living with cancer, isn’t enough to make you tear up and immediately revaluate your life, I don’t know what will. What took my breath away is that Shailene seems to embody the same deep appreciation for life and all its little moments off-screen as well.

I’m sure you’ve read and heard all about how she likes to keep things simple and natural and is very low-key about style and glamour and makeup but you really only appreciate the full effect of it in her presence. The young actress is all about minimal goodness and emphasising natural beauty. Shailene really believes that we all have something intrinsically beautiful - naturally. She embraces this and is grateful for it. What an inspiration!

Shailene turned 23 yesterday, and what a fabulous way to start the celebration of her day. I’m sure we’re going to be seeing so many great things from this unbelievably gifted young lady. Happy birthday to a real phenomenon!

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Hair-Raising Styles For Halloween!

If you’re looking forward to Halloween this year and you want to take your look up a notch or two, you’ve come to the right place. It’s great if you have your witch’s hat or vampire fangs in place, but no look is complete without the right hairstyle. It is the one night of the year where you can go totally all-out with your look and still fit right in. Whether you are going as the sexy undead cheerleader, the vintage vixen or the elegant Grecian queen, getting the hair right can make all the difference to your costume. I’ve put together a list of some of the most loved and requested Halloween hairstyles. From flirty, feminine looks to vampy, undead glamour we’ve got a bunch of really fun options to choose from.

The Zombie

Now, you can’t talk of Halloween without at least one mention of zombies. Halloween without zombies? Preposterous! Whether you’re going as your run-of-the-mill zombie or a seriously ticked-off zombie bride, styling your hair right is the key to getting the look perfect. You may think zombies are too busy being dead to care about their locks but that distinctive just-out-of-grave look is a labour of love.

Begin with second-day hair. We want a lot of volume and texture and the best way to achieve it is to work with hair that has gone at least a day without being washed. Brush your hair out before you begin: we don’t want any knots and tangles getting in the way. You should be able to work with your natural texture but if your hair is super curly or wavy I suggest straightening it with a flat iron first. Do bear in mind though that this look is all about messy, crazy volume so if you’re brushing your hair out or straightening it your hair might get too soft and smooth for that graveyard glamour. If that does happen, be patient and invest some extra time and extra product on the look and you’ll still get great results.

Liberally sprinkle baby powder or dry shampoo at the roots and begin teasing your hair with a rattail comb. Don’t hold yourself back: the bigger, the better. You should be teasing from the roots to the ends and make sure you don’t comb over any of the backcombed portions because you’ll only end up with limp and tangled hair. You can work in any direction you like and just let the hair shape up (and out!) naturally as you tease.

Once you’re satisfied with the volume add a bit of hairspray. Then flip your hair upside down and spray it with a generous amount of hairspray again. This will create even more lift in the hair and the spray will make sure it holds throughout the day. Keep your head bent for a couple of seconds to let the hair set and then flip back over.

There are a couple of ways you can wear your teased-out hair. You could wear it loose and sticking out all over the place or you could draw it into a voluminous high ponytail or even a far-out big beehive (for the retro-loving zombies!).

Princess Jasmine

If the scary, back-from-the-grave look isn’t your style, here is a pretty one for you. With her charm, independent and fun personality, Jasmine is often celebrated as one of the atypical Disney princesses that kicked butt and looked good doing it. Princess Jasmine from Aladdin continues to be one of the most loved Disney princesses of all time, and whether it’s the sky blue costume or the Arabic makeup that helped you make the decision this is a fabulous way to go for a more delicate take on Halloween.

For Princess Jasmine’s hair you are going to be creating what is essentially known as a bubble braid. This is a fantastic (and simple) look for Halloween but it’s also something you can wear on a regular day or to an event for when you feel like dressing up and ditching the plain old ponytail.

This is a hairstyle that’s best worn in long hair, at least waist-length, so if you don’t have that kind of length naturally the first step would be to get extensions. If you have dark hair naturally, you just need extensions in the same colour. If you have lighter hair you’ll have to choose between a hairpiece and a temporary dye and you can get extensions in the darker colour or just dye your regular extensions. Begin by affixing the extensions and brushing all the hair to make sure the extensions blend in with your own hair and there are no tangles.

You can style the crown any way that you like. You can brush it back or part it in the middle or add some volume at the front before brushing it to the back. If you want to create Jasmine’s hairstyle perfectly, here’s what you do. Create a small two to three inch part at the centre and divide your hair into two sections at the front, one going down each side over the ears and joining the rest of the hair down the back. We want these two sections to swoop down and over the ears so that they frame the face. The hair behind this section should be teased for some volume at the crown and swept back. Gather all the hair together towards the back.

The bubble braid itself is super simple to style. Secure your hair in a ponytail at a height you’re comfortable with. Then add another clear elastic in your hair a couple of inches from the base of your ponytail. Repeat this step every two to three inches, creating small sections or “bubbles” in the ponytail. Stop a few inches above the ends. For the best effect you should have at least five to six of these “bubbles” in your ponytail. Once they’re in place just gently tug on each bubble to give it some volume and shape and make it a little fluffier. Be careful not to tug too hard.

To dress up the braid you can use sparkly elastics or ribbons to cover the clear elastic bands. As a finishing touch, you should also add a hair accessory right behind the middle part we created in the first step. This will divide the parted and swooped sections from the bump at the crown. You can use a thick, flat ribbon or a sparkly headband or even hair chains.

The Corpse Bride

We’ve all heard of bridezillas but this little lady takes the scare factor to a whole other level. If the straight, spooky volume of the zombies isn’t quite your thing and you want some texture and spunk in your look, try this one on for size. We’re working with messy volume and texture again so second-day hair is great for this look as well.

Brush out your hair to make sure it’s free of tangles and then add some volumising product (a dry shampoo or some baby powder) at the roots and gently run your fingers through your hair. We don’t want the kind of volume that comes with teasing but we do want to enhance the natural grain of the hair. Flip your hair over a couple of times to get some natural lift.

Divide your hair into several small sections. Working in sections will make it easier on you to achieve a uniform look on the whole. What we’re doing is pretty simple: the top (crown) and the ends need to be super straight while the middle should be crimped.

So, take a flat iron and straight out a few inches at the top and a few inches at the bottom (depending upon the length of your hair) of each section. Then, take a crimper and crimp the middle portions of each section. Repeat this step with every section.

If you find that straightening the roots makes your hair look too sleek or takes away the volume you can use a rattail comb to tease the roots for additional messy volume at the crown. Just remember not to touch the crimped sections because we don’t want to end up loosing the crimp.

Add some hairspray, maybe a tattered veil and you’re all done. Go find your (terrified) groom!

Grecian Queen

Even though Halloween looks are traditionally supposed to be scary and spooky, a lot of women love the Grecian Queen costume. Whether it’s the flowing white gowns or the golden leaf headbands, there is something eternally elegant about this particular costume. If you want to rock some royal oomph this Halloween, here’s how you go about it.

We’re switching things up around here and working with freshly washed and dried hair. This is a soft, feminine hairstyle and it looks best in wavy hair so once your hair is dry using curling tongs to add loose waves to your hair. If you have the time you can also use foam rollers overnight to curl your hair. Run your fingers through your hair to loosen up the curls a bit before you begin styling.

Separate two sections at the front and let them hang loose. Secure the rest of your hair into a ponytail at the back. A couple of inches down the ponytail add a clear elastic band. Then lift up the hair below this point and pin it onto your head. The section between the base of the ponytail and the second elastic will create a looped bump that will act as the base of your updo. When you pin and pile the rest of your ponytail atop your head the curls will spill over and create the rest of the updo. You can arrange and pin the curls onto your crown to create a more defined shape if you like. Then take the two sections we left loose at the front, backcomb them at the roots and while creating a soft pouf at the front, sweep them up and over to the back and pin them in place, blending them in with the curls. Your curly updo is complete. Add some hairspray to hold the style in place.

Now comes the fun part: dressing up the hairdo and giving it the Grecian touch. The distinctive element of the Grecian updo is always in the accessorising. You can use a lace ribbon or a rhinestone chain and wrap it around your head twice, and pin it into place. When wrapping, leave about an inch of space between the two bands. You can also use a double-layered headband for the look or an antique-looking gold leaf Grecian headband if you can get your hands on one.

That’s it for the Halloween hair folks. I hope you like the styles and they’re useful come 31st. Let me know which one you used and how you dressed it up. Have fun, stay stylish and scary! Boo!

 

Best Hairstyles from Emmy Awards 2014

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!

Fashion Germany

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.

#FASHION #GERMANY #SaschaBreuer

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Generosity Of Eye (A Film About Transforming Art Into Education)

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/

London Fashion Week Fall 2014

It’s been a crazy few weeks with all the awards shows, the fashion shows and dazzling Red Carpet appearances. We’ve seen some of the most memorable style statements of all time in these last few weeks and even though it’s early in the year, it is easy to see that 2014 is going to be quite the year in fashion and beauty. The London Fashion Week Fall 2014 was no different, and here I’ve picked out some of my favourite looks to share with all of you. 1. Burberry Prorsum

I’ve come to realise that every year, during the Fashion Weeks, there are some designers/ brands whose shows I particularly look forward to. You just know that you’re going to be treated to some great clothes, fantastic makeup and incredible hairstyling. The Burberry Prorsum show is, without fail, always on the list. This year’s hairstyles might not be entirely unique or thrilling but they stress a fact that us industry professionals know and live by: trends may come and go but the classics will always remain so.

The open, heavy, unfussy hair at the Burberry Prorsum show might not be the most ingenious or most artful we see this year but open hair is always beautiful and stylish and the models at the show prove just that. The thing to take away from the Burberry show is that if you want open, mildly styled hair to look runway ready you’ve got to make sure it’s healthy, shiny and well cared for. The trick here isn’t in one time styling but in long-term effort and proper hair care. Heavy, thick, shiny open hair is always occasion-appropriate and always stylish, so get started on your hair care regimen right away.

2. Holly Fulton

Sleek is stylish: and the ponytails at the Holly Fulton show at the London Fall 2014 Fashion Week were nothing short of showstoppers. With deep side parts, perfectly flattened hair and looped low ponytails, the models at the Holly Fulton Fall 2014 show were a vision in preppy style. It’s a great way to wear your hair to work or to the university because it’s low-key enough to be appropriate yet dressy enough should you want to step out for some fun later. I love hairstyles like this because they’re so versatile and rather easy to pull off at home.

3. Vivienne Westwood

The entire fashion and beauty theme at the Vivienne Westwood Fall 2014 show was based in classic, Old Hollywood glamour with pearl necklaces, arresting red lips, rosy cheeks and retro curly updos. This hairdo is perfect for an evening event or a special occasion because it’s glamorous, sophisticated and very feminine. While the look might be a tad bit too tousled to be a bridal style for some, I personally think it’s got a great vintage vibe to it and would look absolutely lovely with formal gowns and dresses.

There are tonnes of way of achieving such a look. The easiest would be to apply some texture spray to your freshly washed hair and finger dry it, scrunching it up as you go along. This will add some lovely curls to your hair. If your hair is naturally very poker-straight, you could always use a curling wand or perm rods to do the needful. Take random sections of hair, twist them and pin them artfully all over your head. Leave some tendrils loose and let a flyaway here and there add some drama to the look. This might be time-consuming, but it’s the best way to get an even look. You can also fix a major chunk of your hair in a French twist and then just pin tendrils from the front towards the side. This way you’ll get the messy, curly effect only towards the sides but it’ll be less strenuous.

4. Todd Lynn

The super straight, super sleek hair at the Todd Lynn Fall 2014 Fashion Week wasn’t a new style so much so as a new twist on an old favourite. It’s your good old straightened hair, albeit it’s parted and arranged differently. Here, the straightened hair was parted slightly off the middle, to one side. One side was allowed to fall sideways and down from the part. The other side was arranged more creatively. A few inches down the part draw an arc using a rattail comb from the part down sideways to behind your ear. This separated section should be slicked back on the head to give an almost buzz-cut appearance. You can fix it in place using strong styling gel and a pin at the back. Allow the hair ‘behind’ the arc to fall naturally, and tuck it behind the ear and allow it to hang loose over the shoulder. This look really is all about laying and fixing your hair differently.

5. Temperley London

Braids are always a great way to style hair and the thick, single braids we saw at the Temperley London show were a real hit. There was nothing fussy about the style: we’re talking regular, thick long braids pulled over one shoulder. A simple off-the-centre part, face framing bangs and soft, loose volume defined the look. This is an ideal hairstyle for when you are running against the clock and you just do not have the time to play around with a more complicated style.

Hope you liked the super wearable, super easy styles from the London Fashion Week Fall 2014. Keep your eyes out for the piece on the Milan Fashion Week Fall 2014.

Oscars 2014: Best Hair Looks

  Hi everyone I received so many request to write more about  the 2014 Academy Awards, so here it is: :-)

Most of us in the fashion and beauty industry are guilty of being somewhat keener on the Red Carpet and all the glitz and glamour than the awards show itself. It’s that one night of the year when the stars come out in all their stunning glory and all the different clothes, accessories, hair and makeup looks and fashion statements make for a dazzling, head-spinning experience. The Oscars Red Carpet is like Mecca for us fashion lovers and I’m thrilled to share my favourite looks from the event with all of you.

1. Lupita Nyong’o

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#LupitaNyong 86th Annual #AcademyAwards - Arrivals #oscars2014

It comes as no surprise to anyone that Lupita Nyong’o was one of the best-dressed women at the function. The ethereal ice-blue gown from Prada is the sort of dress that little girls the world over dream of: a slender bodice with a twirly skirt. But it’s Ms. Nyongo’s unmistakable short crop that really sets her apart. We’ve been watching her top all the Best Dressed and Best Hair and Makeup lists all season and the 2014 Oscars are no different.

Lupita shows us all how even a conventionally severe buzz/ short crop can be heartbreakingly delicate and feminine. I’m sure most of us never expected to see a mini mowhawk look that pretty, and the 12 Years A Slave has truly earned her title as a style icon. If you’re worried about short hairdos looking too severe, dress them up with feminine accessories. Lupita’s headband here was designed by Fred Leighton and it’s an absolute vision in 18kt yellow gold and diamonds. That’s a pretty penny to spend on a hair accessory, but you can most definitely find a dupe that’s easier on the pocket. Go ahead and rock some shorthaired style this year.

2. Jennifer Lawrence

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#JenniferLawrence #AcademyAwards - Arrivals #oscars2014

The young actress has been taking Hollywood by storm and if recent months are anything to reckon by, Jennifer Lawrence will continue to rule both the silver screen and the Red Carpets for quite some time to come. The gorgeous scarlet Dior dress was one of the brightest pops of colour at this year’s Oscars and I’m absolutely loving the way her short hair was styled to show off the dress and draw attention to the bejewelled back chain accent. Jennifer’s hairdo is defined by tonnes of lift and volume: the entire look is based on arranging the hair up and away from the front: bringing out her features, emphasizing the natural lines of her collar bones and shoulders and letting the gorgeous gown do all the fashionising. The hairdo’s a great balance between sass and style.

3. Emma Watson

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#EmmaWatson #AcademyAwards - Arrivals #oscars2014

Hermione from the Harry Potter franchise is all grown up and continues to be one of the most stylish and well put-together young actresses in the industry. Known to experiment with style, the Bling Ring actress wore her hair in a messy half-up/half-down style that was a perfect fit with her metallic dress and crimson lip. This hairdo’s all about the messy, tousled texture so be sure to use a texture spray before you tease your hair for volume. Twist and pull back strands away from the face and pin them into place using bobby pins. You can fold strands to add more dimensions to the look. For the messy-chic effect, let the ends hang loose. If you’re heading out for a formal do, add pretty hair accessories like Emma’s and you’re all set.

4. Naomi Watts

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#NaomiWatts #AcademyAwards - Arrivals #oscars2014

Naomi Watts is a veteran on most Oscar Best Dressed lists and she’s done it once again. While most fashion lovers like to see unusual colours/ shapes on the Red Carpet because the usual black and white (though elegant) are somewhat staple fare, Ms. Watts managed to stay classic yet stand out with her deep red lip, geometric neck piece and sleek hair. What I love about this particular hairstyle is that it is so easy to style (just about anyone can pull this off at home) and yet there’s just something about the look that’s bound to get you noticed. While it’s essentially nothing more than washed, blow-dried and straightened hair, there’s a subtle pull to the look. This one’s all about arranging your hair just right: brushing it back and away from the face, adding a tiny bit of volume right at the crown- so little that it’s but a natural lift- and pulling the hair over slightly to one side. Use a hairspray if you’re worried about losing the shape but really, this one is all about soft, sleek styling.

6. Kate Hudson

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#KateHudson #AcademyAwards - Arrivals #oscars2014

Kate Hudson’s shimmery, beaded pearl-coloured gown was undoubtedly one of the most interesting and exciting looks from the event. With the plunging neckline, the padded shoulders, the cape-like cowl accents and the figure-hugging bodice, the slinky Atelier Versace gown was a perfect fit for the strikingly beautiful actress. Her bouncy, retro side waves made for the perfect addition to the ultra glamorous look. When you’re opting for a classic style like this one, the key to making it look great is in ensuring that your hair looks as healthy, shiny and bouncy as possible. A good hair care regimen, the right styling products and quality tools can make even the simplest hairstyles look breathtakingly beautiful.

7. Penolope Cruz

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#PenelopeCruz #AcademyAwards - Arrivals #oscars2014

Penelope Cruz’s blush pink gown with black empire-line accents is earning both brickbats and bouquets from the online community but as far as I’m concerned, it’s the actress’ great hairdo that I’m interested in. A sleek, big top knot never goes out of style and amidst all the loose waves and the edgy haircuts it was nice to see this Red Carpet favourite make an appearance. There’s something so unquestionably beautiful about a perfectly twisted large bun: it’s no wonder that the trend never goes out of style. It’s a great way to be comfortable, draw attention to your face and sport some stunning jewellery while being occasion-appropriate as well.

8. Charlize Theron

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#CharlizeTheron #AcademyAwards - Arrivals #oscars2014

With her classic bob, thick black eyeliner and stunning jewellery, Charlize Theron was the perfected example of understated elegance at this year’s Oscars. Sometimes, the best way to style really short hair is to keep the look neat, smooth and minimalist. If you’re not keen on too much volume or a messy, piecy look all you need to do is blow-dry or straighten your washed hair, use some smoothening serum and brush your hair into place.

9. Viola Davis

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#ViolaDavis #AcademyAwards - Arrivals #oscars2014

Viola Davis is one of the most beautiful women in the industry at present, and with her sea foam green Escada gown, smouldering smoky eye and perfect nude lip she was one of the most elegantly dressed people at the show. I’m absolutely in love with how she was wearing the classic Old Hollywood finger waves in her short hair: it’s a fun way to experiment with timeless and modern hair trends by mixing things up and it sure worked out well for Viola here.

10. Margot Robbie

Margot Robbie was one of the most discussed actresses at this year’s Oscars: the stunner debuted her newly brunette hair for the first time ever on a Red Carpet and left many people surprised with her deliciously dark locks. With her inky Saint Laurent gown and Old Hollywood waves, the actress from The Wolf of Wall Street might have something in common with Sandra Bullock’s look from the evening but I think she deserves her own spot on this list. The rich berry tones of her lipstick and the daring colour change have earned Robbie many a nod from the fashion and beauty community.

New York Fashion Week Fall 2014

The Fashion Weeks for Fall 2014 are well underway and we’ve been treated to a bunch of gorgeous hairstyles and fantabulous fashion statements. I’m very excited to be doing this piece on the best looks from New York Fashion Week Fall 2014. The Fashion Weeks are always such a wonderful experience but when you’ve got a great selection of wearable, easy hairstyles to choose from it’s all the more fun. I’ve picked my favourite looks from the New York Fall 2014 Fashion Week. Let me know which ones you liked best! 1. Alexander Wang

The ‘helmet look’ we saw at the Alexander Wang show is a great way to do up your hair for a casual or semi-formal style, when you don’t want to be bothered too much but don’t want to be completely un-styled either. The great thing about styling your bangs/ the front of your hair this way is that you can wear the rest of your hair any way you like! From braids to ponytails and low buns to ballerina buns, you can style your hair any way you want and some add pizzazz to the look with the ‘helmet wave’ at the front. Add an interesting clip or a single clip to keep the hair in place and make the look even funkier.

2. Anna Sui

Bangs are going to be very big this year, and the forehead-framing, slightly angled fringes we saw at the Anna Sui show make for a great style statement. We saw the models rock these bangs with chic, chin-length bobs but you can bet they’d look just as great with a high ponytail or a bun. I personally advise clients to opt in for bangs when they want to change their current look but don’t want to invest too much time styling and setting their hair on a daily basis. A smart fringe can work wonders for your look and won’t need a lot of effort either!

3. Carolina Herrera

Oversized buns never go out of style- and the Carolina Herrera show at the New York Fashion Week Fall 2014 was a testament to that. The high, voluminous buns were undoubtedly one of the best hair-looks we saw at the New York Fall 2014 Fashion Week. To set off the look make sure you work with straight, shiny hair. Slick down the rest of your hair flat on the scalp and make sure everything is very neat and in place- this style is all about making the bun the focal point of the look. This is an uber-glamorous look for an evening out and you could take a cue from the models at the show and pair the hairstyle up with some statement earrings for a special event.

4. Marchesa

The cornrows and braids at the Marchesa New York 2014 show were one of the most talked-about beauty statements of the event. Cornrows at the front trailing into thick braids towards the back- a super edgy, super fun look that I loved. It’s always great to see something fresh and inspired at the Fashion Weeks: after all, the entire point is to watch out for trends and tricks for the coming year! If you’re not adept at braiding cornrows just yet, practice with tiny regular braids moving from the front to back or try the reverse braiding technique- braiding under and across instead of over and across- the effect will be very similar and it’ll give you enough practice to get really good at braiding before you try a tougher technique. This is a great look for when you’re in the mood to try something a little bit more adventurous or you’re going to an event with a spunky theme.

5. Badgley Mischka

We’ve all got those days when we just couldn’t be bothered less about getting dressed up nicely or styling our hair well. And yet, you know that if you indulge your laziness you’re probably going to regret it later! You might be feeling sleepy or running late but what if you run into an old flame or end up agreeing to last-minute plans with friends and your hair’s all scruffy and messy? For days like that, the hairdo from the Badgley Mischka show is the perfection solution!

This is a great look for clean, newly washed hair. Rub a little shine serum into your hair and brush it out. For smoother, faster results I recommend blow-drying your hair instead of waiting for it to dry out naturally. Then, take a slim section of hair at the front, right at the temples, from each side and pull it towards the back. You can tie the two sections together using a clear elastic or you can twist them around each other and then fix them into place using a hairpin. You can add a bejewelled pin or hair spiral to dress the look up. Let the rest of your hair hang loose. You can also use curling tongs to add some loose waves to the open hair. This is a lovely day look- you can wear it to the university or around the office and it’s cute enough to wear outside for a casual event/ lunch etc. as well. You’ll be ready in a pinch and you’re sure to feel great about it all day long.

I hope all of you liked these looks from the New York Fall 2014 Fashion Week. Do write in and let me know about your favourites. Until then, watch this space for more Fashion Week Fall 2014 coverage.

Interview For Beauty Launch Pad

I had a great time a few months ago chatting with Alyson from the hairdressing industry magazine Beauty Launch Pad. Talking to her reminded me of everything I love about this job – travelling to wonderful places, meeting terrific people, and showing some of the wonderful looks I’ve created for celebrities like Anne Hathaway, Jessica Biel and Isla Fisher.Click on the link to visit the online version. Hope you enjoy it!

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Paris Fashion Week Spring Summer 2014

  Paris. The city of love. Berets. The Little Black Dress. Coco Chanel. Croissants. Cafés. And of course, fashion. Parisians are known the world over for their innate sense of style: beauty, luxury and fashion is something that seems to come naturally to these fair folk. Whether it’s on the runways at the fashion week or at the roadside bistros, you can’t quite separate France and fashion from one another.

Paris Fashion Week Spring Summer 2014 was an absolute delight. It was no easy task tearing my eyes away from all the fabulous creations and designs to pick my favourite hairstyles. Nevertheless, here are a bunch of hairdos that caught my eye at the Paris Fashion Week. I hope you guys like them and feel inspired to try something new the coming season!

Chanel

One of the first things to strike me about the Chanel show at the Paris Spring Summer 2014 Fashion Week was that they’re continuing to incorporate the “pearl trend”. The classic Chanel pearl finds its place of honour, with a twist, this season as well. Those of you who remember the pearl hairpins we saw on the Spring 2012 runways will be pleasantly surprised to notice the large pearl-embellished neckpieces featured this time round. And once you’ve had your fill of the stunning clothes, there’s a very fun hairdo to take inspiration from.

Ok, so this one isn’t a style that you can really try on your own hair, but for those of you who are looking to chop your hair off and try something different, this old school pageboy-inspired look could make for a really neat statement. Talk about trying something new and old at one go! Now, this style would make for quite a striking change, and if you are not ready to do something this drastic, I recommend keeping the length at your chin, or shoulder-level. That way you can enjoy a new look without it being completely new territory.

The blunt, straight bangs across the forehead are a rather popular trend this year and it looks like they are going to be pretty big next spring as well.

Fatima Lopes

The models at the Fatima Lopes fashion show wore their hair in very pretty crown braids. What set the style apart from all the other crown braids we’ve seen this season was that the rest of the hair was styled up at the crown as well, with the braid acting as a sort of border.

There are two ways of achieving this look, depending upon the length of your hair.

Pull a section of your hair aside to form the crown braid. There are several different ways of creating a braid along the hairline, depending on what you’re comfortable with. You could just twist two strands over one another for a rope braid- this would be the easiest option for someone who doesn’t have a lot of practice with braiding. For a more sinuous style, you could try the waterfall braiding technique. French braiding or Dutch braiding is usually the most preferred method for creating the ever-popular Grecian braided halos. Pick the style that works best for you!

Follow the following steps for the rest of your hair. For medium to long hair, you can actually braid all your hair in concentric circles around the head, pinning it onto the scalp. This can be difficult for shorter hair, so another great option would be to take sections of hair, twist it around your finger and then pin the twisted bits onto the scalp, forming little curl-like loops as you go along.

Once you’re done, it’s really up to you whether you want to add some hairspray or not. The good thing about this do is that you don’t have to be particularly neat as you go along. There are many different ways of achieving the overall look, and you might end up with something a wee bit different, but it will have your own unique stamp on it and that’s what style is all about! Add a hairpin like the models for some added festivity if you’d like to dress the look up even further.

Elie Saab

The models at the Elie Saab show wore their hair open. The key element in the entire look is to make your hair lie absolutely flat on the head and maintain a very sleek, very straight and extremely perfect appearance on the whole. This look’s not so much so about the styling as it is about getting the hair texture right. Once you’ve taken care of every last flyaway you can easily add a barrette or a headband and push your hair back to get the same look. The trick, of course, is to first get your hair right.

Invest in quality hair shampoos, conditioners, styling mousse and shine-boosting serum for a look like this. When you want your hair to resemble the clear surface of a lake or a sheet of glass, you can’t quite afford to skimp on the right products. And because you’ll have to straighten your hair for the look, I recommend using professional-grade, salon-quality styling tools and products only.

I hope you’ve all enjoyed this year’s Fashion Week trends and inspirations as much as I have. Spring/ Summer 2014 promises to be an interesting year in terms of style and fashion and we have tonnes of new ideas as well as some classic favourites to look back to!

The Great Gatsby Trend

Hey everybody, If you guys have been following trend reports, you probably already know that The Great Gatsby is sweeping the world by a storm. Whether it’s hair or makeup or accessories, the Flapper look is the trend of the season, and we’re already seeing so many Gatsby-inspired celebrity looks.

Every decade had its own trademark style and contributed something unique to the world of fashion, culture and lifestyles but when you look back, there was no time quite like the Roaring Twenties. With its extravagance, opulence and unapologetic larger-than-life grandeur, the Flapper era was truly a milestone in fashion the world over.

The Great Gatsby has been dazzling audiences with its trailers, and I doubt there’s a soul who hasn’t lost their hearts to Carey Mulligan in her stunning drop-waist tea dresses, 20s-inspired hairdos and breathtaking hair accessories. What’s so enchanting about all the styling is that they’re not a literal reproduction of the Twenties’ trends as much as an inspired recreation with some modernistic elements.

The bob and the finger wave styles are probably the most iconic looks from the 1920s, and anyone who’s seen Mia Farrow’s rendition of Daisy Buchanan in the original film adaptation will probably remember just how glamorous and heartbreaking she looked on screen.

If you’re just longing to rock some major Twenties-style glitz and glamour yourself, here are a few tips to help you get roaring!

Wash your hair and wait till it’s just damp enough to style. Spread some hair styling mousse through your hair. It helps if you use a mousse with a stronghold quality.

Divide your hair to one side with a deep part. Blow-dry your hair. Using the blow dryer or a wave-maker, create a deep wave in one side. Clip this section into place to keep it from moving.

Using curling tongs to add smaller waves and pin curls to the rest of your hair. Do so horizontally, moving from the top to the bottom. Don’t create ringlets: take a section of hair, curl it in one direction, and let it loose and then repeat with the section below it. We’re looking to recreate finger waves and not corkscrew curls with this look.

If the curls are too tight, run your fingers through them or use the blow dryer to loosen them up a bit.

If you’ve got long hair, arrange it into a faux-bob for a truly Twenties-inspired look.

Arrange the curls around your hair, as you like: you can pin them along your hairline or collect them and pin them into little coils to a side.

Add a blingy hair accessory and voila, you’ve successfully transported yourself back in time!

 

 

Kate Beckinsale For Met Ball 2013

Hi guys! I also had the pleasure of styling Kate Beckinsale’s hair for the Met Ball 2013.

Ms. Beckinsale is a truly stunning woman and it was such fun working with her! Kate wore a gorgeous red-fuchsia Alberta Ferretti dress with a lot of structured paneling and geometric shape to it and we went with a quirky, punk-inspired quiff to complement the dress!

It’s a very 50s-meets-punk look and there’s a lot of edginess to the look, but also a lot of Red Carpet-diva in there too,  a perfect look for someone as versatile and fun as Kate Beckinsale!

 

kate-beckinsale-met-ball-2013 hair by sascha breuer

If you’d like to try Kate’s look on yourself, here’s how you can do it:

Start by spreading a golf ball size amount of Wella Professionals Styling Extra Volume mousse through your hair. The mousse will help add some body and hold to your hair, and is a great way to set the style in. It’ll also make your hair more pliable, so it’s going to be easy to work with.

Take a blow dryer (really like the one from the  Braun Satin 7 Series ) and start drying your hair: use a skeleton brush or work with your fingers to create the wanted Volume.Once the hair is fully dry, separate a horseshoe shaped section ( the part between both temples & your crown area ) and clip it away.

Pull the remaining hair into a high sitting ponytail and coil & warp the tail into a messy bun. Secure it with a few bobby pins.

Take the hair from the top section and backcomb the roots to maximize the volume and create a slightly disheveled texture.Mist the hair with Wella Professionals Styling Stay Firm Finishing Spray and define a single strands and secure with a few more pins.

Spray overall with hairspray for long-lasting hold, and you’re good to go!

Milan Fashion Week Autumn/ Winter 2013: Top Hair Trends

Milan Fashion Week Autumn/ Winter 2013: Top Hair Trends The Milan Autumn/ Winter 2013 Fashion Week turned up a bunch of lovely hairstyles and trends. I was really impressed with the diversity on the runway: the hairstyles at the Milan Autumn/ Winter 2013 Fashion Week had a little bit of everything: flirty curls, slicked back hairdos, elegant updos, soft natural bobs and more! No matter what your personal style statement is, you’ll find something to recreate from the Milan Fashion Week files!

I picked my top 3 favourite hair trends to include the best of the variety that we saw on the runways. These are three distinct styles that are great for different occasions.

So whether you’re stepping out for a lunch date with your girlfriends or attending a gala this evening, there’s something for everything!

1. Bottega Veneta

Volume is going to be a major trend this year, and the Bottega Veneta show had a fabulous spin on how to rock voluminous curls. For all of you who’re looking for a flirty, retro hairstyle to add some glamour to your look, this one’s a winner!

Here’s How You Can Get It:

Firstly, get your hands on some good quality foam rollers for this look. You know the kinds that have plastic clip holders that you can snap shut? Foam rollers are a great, no-heat way of curling your hair and they’re so comfy you can go to sleep in them too!

Wash your hair and when it’s around 70% dry, create a medium side parting and brush your hair through. Take the foam rollers and roll all your hair in two-inch sections.

Make sure you place the rollers over each section and start rolling upwards. If you place the roller under the hair and then tuck it in, the plastic clip will leave very strong linear creases in your hair and those won’t look nice!

Don’t roll your hair all the way to the top: the retro look is known for a smooth, soft crown giving way to a riot of curls! Roll your hair till the tops of your ears and then clip the rollers in.

Let them stay overnight.

Next day, undo the rollers and you’ll have a beautiful bunch of tight, springy curls. Gently run your fingers through your curls to loosen them out a bit and to add some volume.

Now, if you’re happy with just this much, you can stop here, but for a really retro-inspired hairstyle, we’ve got to add lots of drama and volume.

Take small sections of the curled hair and tease it using your fingers. If you don’t know how it’s done, don’t fret: from the section you’ve taken, just pull a tiny bit of hair really straight and then pinch the rest of the hair using your other hand and push it back upwards along the straight shaft.

This creates a lovely, teased effect and adds masses of volume to your curls. Repeat this step with all the curls around your head.

If you’re having a tough time teasing your hair this way, just use a rattail comb and backcomb each section gently, but be careful and make sure you don’t undo the curls.

Take a bobby pin (or even a bejewelled clip if you like) and add it to one side, just above the curls. This will help highlight the dichotomy of the style and separate the straight tops from the curled ends.

2. Dolce & Gabbana

The models at the D&G show had beautiful, classic updos. The style combined a very soft bouffant with a gorgeous twisted chignon. The feminine bouffant detail is undoubtedly one of the most timeless hair styles ever. It’s such a dainty and glamorous way of dressing up your hair for a special day!

Here’s How You Can Get It:

Begin by blow-drying your hair straight. Remember to use a heat protectant product. Also use a little bit of volumising hair foam to add some soft bounciness to your hair.

Create a small, one inch part that’s just a little bit off centre. Take the sections of hair that fall on either side of this part (the one inch on both sides will immediately separate from the rest) and tuck them behind your ears or pin them out of the way for now.

Now, take a rattail comb and trace an arc from ear to ear. This will separate your hair into two sections. Secure the lower section in a ponytail for now.

Start with the upper half of the hair. Remember not to disturb the part, so start lifting hair from behind the part and spraying it with a little bit of hairspray or dry shampoo to create stronger texture.

Hold each section up for a moment to let the product dry and then back comb it gently. This is to create the beehive look. Don’t backcomb too heavily, we want a very soft bouffant.

The top section should be backcombed from the front to the back. Once it’s all backcombed, gently pile the teased layers on top of each other and fan the bouffant out in a horseshoe shape. It should extend in a lovely, soft U-shape over your head. Pin the sides of the bouffant onto your hair using bobby pins.

Once you’re happy with the height and the shape of the bouffant, coil the bottom of the section (the ends that stick out of the beehvive) into a small chignon just above the ponytail. Use bobby pins to hold it in place. Cross them over each other to really keep the style together.

Use a soft bristle brush to very gently smoothen out the tops of the bouffant. Don’t brush through; just even out the surface of the ratted hair.

Take the two front sections from either side and smooth them over from the front to the back. They should form two strips framing the bouffant. Pin these into place.

Now undo the ponytail gently, careful not to upset the rest of the hair.

You can arrange the hair in a small chignon covering the other sections. If you’d like more drama, you can first braid the hair and then wrap it over the other sections and pin it into place.

Use a gloss-boosting spray to add some shine to the look. Finish off with a hairspray.

3. Prada

The models at the Prada show wore their hair in the runway-favourite edgy style: wet-look slicked back strands. Now, this isn’t an everyday look and it might be too severe for a lot of people, but if you’re open to trying something new, this is one sharp look!

Here’s How You Can Get It:

When you wash your hair use a good conditioner to boost your hair’s softness and shine.

Let the hair get almost-dry, naturally. When it’s about 80% dry, take a styling product like a hair gel or a mousse and rub it between your hands.

Run your fingers through your hair and use your fingertips to push your hair back from the front to the nape of your neck. Use a styling product with gloss-enhancing properties so that you can add some shine to the look.

Make sure you don’t push your hair back neatly: this wet-look emphasises the “just out of the shower” effect by roughly combining some strands and loosely breaking up others.

If you want to add a little height at the sides, just lift your hair and spray a little hairspray at the roots and hold the section up for a few seconds before letting it fall down. Pat it down a little and push it back with the rest.

Don’t forget the hair that falls down your back (if your hair’s longer than shoulder-length). Use some gel/ mousse and run your fingers through this section as well. If you want to roughen it you can rub it between your hands to make it slightly scruffy.

Avoid using a comb because that’ll make it a neat, slicked back surface and we want a messy, natural one instead.

Use a shine-boosting product like Argan oil to create the wet-look effect. Rub a few drops of the oil between your fingers and gently touch your hair all over to transfer the product onto it.

Add a hairspray, and you’re good to go!

I hope you guys like these three styles! I can’t wait to review the hair trends from the Paris runway!