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The Top 10 Coolest Hairstyles At NYFW

New York Fashion Week may have ended last week, but we’re still reveling in the backstage festivities (and recovering). At this point, however, we’ve had some time to process it all, and we’re ready to deliberate on next season’s biggest trends and most fashion-forward looks. Today we’ve rounded up our favorite hairstyles, from the totally outrageous to the completely wearable. Check back tomorrow and Friday for our top makeup and manicure picks!  

  1. Rebecca Minkoff: The braided crown trend lives on! Frida Khalo was the muse for these unfussy updos crafted by TRESemmé stylist Jeanie Syfu. To create the style, she plaited three different ponytails into four-stranded braids before securing with pins.  (Photo: Courtesy of stila) 
  2. Zac Posen: Is there anything more romantic and feminine than white silk flowers strewn through hair? Odile Gilbert for Kérastase masterfully executed this hairstyle—and brides-to-be everywhere are swooning. (Photo: Courtesy of Kérastase)
  3. Cynthia Rowley: Surfer girl with edge was the style at Cynthia Rowley and Staci Child for Cutler/Redken pulled it off to a tee with her half beachy wave, half punky pulled back ‘do. (Photo: Tom Newton) 
  4. Marchesa: Goth glamour was the vibe at Marchesa, where stylist Odile Gilbert for Kérastase adorned strands with dark, moody plumage. (Photo: Courtesy of Kérastase) 
  5. Rachel Zoe: The perfect hybrid between a braid and a bird’s nest, this style is something you’d never want to do yourself (brushing that out must have hurt). That said, we’re so impressed by Antonio Corral’s fabulously frizzy plaits. (Photo: Courtesy of Moroccan Oil) 
  6. Alice + Olivia: When in doubt, a sleek, low bun is always a sophisticated choice. Stylist Nick Irwin for TIGI's pro tip was to add a shine spray, flat iron the hair, and then use mousse throughout the pony before coiling it to keep flyaways at bay. (Photo: Courtesy of TIGI)
  7. Jason Wu: Odile Gilbert for Kérastase can take credit for the stick-straight blunt ponys at Jason Wu. To add a hint of glam, he finished the minimalist look off with gold cuffed ponytail holders—a must-have accessory for next season. (Photo: Courtesy of Kérastase) 
  8. Kate Spade: Creating the perfect topknot might as well be an art form and hairstylist Tommy Bucket got it exactly right at Kate Spade. We especially loved that these chunky buns were slightly undone, which gave the hair a very effortless and real feel. (Photo: Tom Newton) 
  9. Mara Hoffman: Holy braid! The butt-grazing plaits by Nick Irwin for TIGI at Mara Hoffman were too long for real life, but we definitely plan to try a modified version of this style ourselves. (Photo: Courtesy of TIGI)
  10. Badgley Mischka: This delicate roll by Peter Gray for Moroccan Oil is so utterly sweet, we can’t stop staring. (Photo: Courtesy of Moroccan Oil)

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TIGI and Maybelline Create a Mystic Look With Hair Chains and Bold Liner at Mara Hoffman

For Mara Hoffman’s F/W ‘13 collection, TIGI lead stylist Nick Owen and Maybelline lead artist Charlotte Willer conjured up a runway full of what they called “mystic gypsies.” For the hair, Owen used TIGI Catwalk Session Series Styling Cream to create “shiny, really polished hair on the top.” Next, sections of hair from the bottom were twisted with TIGI mousse to create “a rope-like texture.” Once hair set, sections were pulled apart and a chain was added from ear to ear.

Willer used gel liner on the eye to create a modified cat eye—pulling the liner straight out from the middle of the eye. She combined concealer and Color Sensational Lipcolor in Totally Toffee for a muted beige lip.

—Lorelei

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Dramatic Smoky Eyes and Hot Hippie Hair at Mara Hoffman’s Swim Show

We fell hard for Natalie Alcala last fall, when the LA-based writer and blogger spent a week guest blogging for us. In fact, we loved her posts so much that we asked her to be a contributing editor. In addition to blogging for us once a week, she’ll also be writing for the Birchbox Magazine and keeping us up to speed on all things fashion, beauty, and fun. 

I ventured to Miami last week to cover Mercedes- Benz Fashion Week Swim. While there were tons of designers offering covetable swimwear, Mara Hoffman’s colorful tribal-inspired pieces were a standout favorite. The beauty was equally enviable, which is why I had to stop backstage to meet the magicmakers.

The Vibe: Desert bohemian with a biker edge.

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Shaman Cowboys With Bronzed Skin At Mara Hoffman

The Show: Mara Hoffman

The Hair: Nick Irwin for TIGI

The Makeup: Lottie for Make Up For Ever

The Vibe: 90’s bronze goddesses meet South American Shaman cowboys. Lottie, head makeup artist for Make Up For Ever, used “lots of shades of metallic browns, bronzes and gold. It’s just all about highlights. It’s all about the contours and the eyes.” The cheeks were contoured with Make Up For Ever Mat Bronze and accented with Make Up For Ever Shine On Powder from the tops of the cheeks to the temples. Lottie used Make Up For Ever Eye Shadow #17 and Aqua Cream #14 on the eyes and placed Metal Powder #2 on the corners of the eyes with a wet brush. Finally, she lined eyes with Kohl Pencil #9 and added a coat of Smoky Lash mascara.

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Outrageously Cool Hair At Mara Hoffman

It’s only two days into fashion week, but I highly doubt I’ll see cooler hair than what was on display at today’s Mara Hoffman presentation. “The inspiration is really working the tribal feel,” says TIGI’s DJ Riggs who was overseeing the fantastic creations. “Mara wanted to pull it off by utilizing different elements from Frida [Kahlo], so the combination of a Mexican goddess with something tribal.”

Not that this is even remotely wearable, but I still had to know how Riggs and his team pulled off these intricate towers of fabric and hair. “It looks complicated, but it’s really easy,” explains Riggs. Each model had her hair pulled back into a pony and braided. Then, using a lot of synthetic hair, the stylists created a separate three-strand braid that consisted of two strands of synthetic hair and one strand of fabric. The last step was just piling it on and securing with bobby pins. Each girl had her own unique style — some even had props like leaves! Rigg explains that he designed each look to fit each model’s particular type of beauty. “We match it up to her face and do what works best for her.”

—Meredith

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