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The Prettiest Hair During Fashion Week Thus Far At Erin Fetherston

Models at yesterday’s Erin Fetherston presentation. Here, a closer look at both the front and back of the hairstyle.

I was TOTALLY blown away when I walked into the backstage area at Erin Fetherston's presentation last night. Maybe it's just that I am a sucker for a pretty princess-y braid, but the second I spotted one of the model’s updos, I knew it was going to be my favorite hair look thus far during New York Fashion Week Fall 2011. Odile Gilbert, French hairstylist extraordinaire, masterminded the coifs and was there styling for Catwalk by TIGI. She explained, “The inspiration is romantic, very young and innocent.”

To the left, the finished hair look. To the right, a model getting her larger braid secured into place.

As I watched her and her team of stylists prep the girls, the process became clear: the first step was to split the hair into two sections from ear to ear over the crown of the head. Next, they took the back portion and created a loose chignon and then rolled it up and tucked it in, securing it with loads of bobby pins. As for the front, first they wove a small braid starting from the left side of the head and continuing across the hairline. Next, they took a larger section of hair that they braided with gold and silver chords—in some cases, this piece was a pre-braided extension—and laid this larger braid over the smaller one, fastening the two together with even more pins. What was so interesting was that I totally couldn’t distinguish between the models who were using their own hair and the models who had extensions—the similarity was spot on. “We always have the right colors,” explained Odile and with a smile she added, “it is never difficult to match.”

—Meredith

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