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!
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)
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)
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)
Marchesa: Goth glamour was the vibe at Marchesa, where stylist Odile Gilbert for Kérastase adorned strands with dark, moody plumage. (Photo: Courtesy of Kérastase)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
In honor of Memorial Day Weekend, we thought it would be fun to ask some of our favorite online beauty editors and bloggers their one must-have product for the holiday. After all, it’sthe first real weekend of summer, which means we’re changing up our beauty regimens just in time for some extra-warm temperatures—let the frolicking begin! Here’s what they had to say:
"I’m a big fan of does-it-all products, so I’m packing rms beauty’s Living Luminizer. It gives skin a soft, sheer shimmer and works as a highlighter on eyes, cheeks, the Cupid’s bow of the lips, and anywhere else. Easy!”
"SPF, SPF, SPF! That’s my ultimate must have for Memorial Day Weekend (and everyday). Head-to-toe you can be sure I’m sporting an abundance of SPF products on and off the beach. From my makeup case to my beach bag, I’m usually carrying a combination of body sprays, foundations, moisturizers, and lip balms containing SPF. My favorite for everyday is Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50. It’s super lightweight, goes on smooth and offers great protection.”
While perusing the JolieBox UK blog, we came across this awesome post on British pop duo AlunaGeorge’s Aluna Francis. Her gorgeous, easy-breezy look is exactly what we love for a night out or a downton weekend brunch—and of course JolieBox found out exactly how to score her style. Read on for the how-to breakdown.
She’s one half of the up-and-coming London-based pop-step duo AlunaGeorge, whose catchy new single—Your Drums, Your Love—has been playing at the JolieBox HQ on a loop. She’s also (yes) our latest girl crush. Watch the video, in which Francis coolly saunters through an Arran Gregory exhibit amidst popping and locking galore, and you’ll want to be her (best friend), too. While we can’t help you with the soulful voice, we can give you tips to master her edgy-yet-effortless style.
JolieBox co-founder Mathilde Lacombe. Yes, we have a ginormous girl crush on her.
Last week, we spilled the beans about our international expansion and our acquisition of JolieBox. Today, we’re introducing you to Mathilde Lacombe, the company’s co-founder and editorial director. Mathilde began as a beauty blogger and Elle reporter before starting JolieBox with four friends. She says, “I’m a complete beauty addict! I love discovering new brands and trends and learning other girls’ beauty habits.” Hmm…we think Mathilde and her crew will fit in perfectly at the Birchbox offices. The 24-year-old editor now oversees JolieBox’s editorial and marketing teams in the UK, France, and Spain—and recently got married! We’ll be adding periodic dispatches from Mathilde and her editors soon—for now, here’s a little bit about her!
At the Sachin and Babi Spring 2013 show this afternoon, Martin Christopher, the lead stylist for Cutler Redken, was creating dream girl hair. His take on the look: “It’s polished but still has a nice beach texture. Very chic, very beautiful woman. She’s going to the beach but she’s spent some time getting the ends together. Very, very healthy.”
Blair Badge is one multi-talented lady: she’s a social media manager, a beauty editor for fashion site Chictopia, a model, a newlywed and an all-around awesome gal with a penchant for witty banter. Her dreamy blog, love, blair, is a heady mix of all her talents in one and we can’t get enough of her style and beauty advice. This week, she’s sharing her DIY beauty tips, like how to create a pretty custom lip color and how to get perfect beachy waves.
For you gals who prefer a simplified morning routine, this undone summer hairstyle is especially for you!
Step #1: Give your second-day “bed head” hair a boost with Redken’s Powder Refresh Dry Shampoo. Spray directly at roots throughout the crown section and rub in for extra lift.
Step #2: Smooth out the front sections by creating a gentle wave with a flatiron. I get this effect by rock the flatiron back and forth along the hair shaft.
Step #3: Lightly flatiron the bottom two inches of hair to rid your mane of any scraggily pieces.
Step #4: Spray TIGI Session Series Salt Spray generously from ears to ends and tousle with fingertips. Twist a couple bottom pieces with your index finger for the finished boho-effect!
We found Casey when she tweeted that she’d received her Birchbox at the United States army base in Germany where she lives! We thought that was pretty cool, so we had to learn more about this American living abroad. Name: Casey Coté
The Vibe: The perennial downtown girl. Lead stylist for Cutler/Redken, Martin-Christopher Harper, said the look was “all about a cool young downtown girl. We kept going back to this girl on 34th street that can’t decide if she wants to go uptown or stay downtown.” To achieve that unstudied coolness, Harper used Redken Full Frame 07 Protective Volumizing Mousse, working it into models’ hair with his hands to “encourage the texture and then break it down with the Cutler shine spray.”
The vibe: Dreamy moon maiden. Rachel Antonoff is known for her hyper-cute aesthetic, but her latest collection is a foray into more grown-up territory. The nocturnal vibe of her presentation (the setting was a pier at night) translated into the models’ sophisticated eye makeup. Layers of overlapping brown and gold shadows created a multi-dimensional effect that mimicked light reflecting on water. “I wanted to build a transparent look with sheer layers of color,” lead makeup artist Keri Blair explained.