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The Perfectly Approachable Ponytail at Rachel Roy Spring 2013

At yesterday’s Rachel Roy presentation, celebrity hairstylist Ted Gibson was on hand to talk about the perfect wearable ponytail he had created. “The position of the ponytail was the most important. We didn’t want it to be too high because the high ponytail tends to be a little too cheerleader, and the low ponytail can be too sophisticated. So we wanted something that sits in the middle of the head.”

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Twisted Hair and Vintage Makeup at Lela Rose

The Show: Lela Rose

The Makeup: Tina Turnbow for stila Cosmetics

The Hair: Ted Gibson

The Nails: Essie

The Vibe: Retro structure. At yesterday’s Lela Rose show, even though the models all looked like they had stepped out of the 1940’s, the looks were based on modern structures. The designs were inspired by the structures of Spanish architect, Santiago Calatrava, who is currently working on the new World Trade Transportation Hub in NYC. Celebrity stylist Ted Gibson said he wanted to bring some of that structure to the hair. He described the hairstyle he created as “the new Gibson girl.” He said, "We’ve created something that I think is really something that a girl can do at home. It’s kind of like the new answer to the braid. The twist is the new braid." To create, Gibson blew out the models’ hair for volume at the top and swept all the hair to one side. He advised that the key is to secure with an elastic about five or six inches from the scalp.Twist the hair into itself and pin. 

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Red Carpet Roundup: Oscar Buzz

Photo: Times Union

Now that the Golden Globes are over, our eyes are focused on the next big red carpet awards show: The Oscars.

Here are two beauty news tidbits that have us at attention:

1. While there is a “Best Makeup” category for the Oscars (more on that below), there isn’t a “Best Hair” category. Sad! Celebrity hairstylist Ted Gibson, of "What Not to Wear" fame, is aiming to change that. He’s started an online petition to create a Best Hair category and is hoping to grab 100,000 signatures. So far he only has 350, yikes! Click here to sign up.

2.  The shortlist for this year’s “Best Makeup” category is already out, with seven films on the docket including “Albert Nobbs,” “Anonymous,” “The Artist,” “Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life,” “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” “Hugo,” and “The Iron Lady.”

Sadly, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” didn’t make the cut. We found that pretty surprising, given Rooney Mara’s incredible transformation into such a hardcore, punk version of herself. (Fun fact: she got real piercings and shaved part of her head for the film).

Need a point of reference to understand what films made the cut and what didn’t? Click through to see some of looks!


Meryl Streep, as Margaret Thatcher, in “The Iron Lady.” Photo: iowarepublican.com


Glenn Close, playing a woman dressed as a man in 19th century Ireland, in “Albert Nobbs.” Photo: Hollywood Reporter


"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2." Photo: IMDB

Vanessa Redgrave, as Queen Elizabeth I, in “Anonymous.” Photo: IMDB

—Candice

When we’re trying to score a film-worthy look, we love starting off with this smashbox photo-ready primer.

Notable Quotables: Ted Gibson

Notable Quotables is a weekly series featuring a great quote. Whether it’s the founder of a beloved beauty brand, an eccentric makeup artist making headlines, or even a super-stylish celebrity, there’s always something worth sharing from our favorite tastemakers. Today’s quote comes to us from Ted Gibson, hairstylist to the stars and creator of his eponymous product line. Who knew he was such a gardening enthusiast? 

Image of Ted Gibson and a Japanese garden.

"I have spent this summer at my country house in the Catskills. My Japanese garden that I have been tending to is looking lush and sexy. It brings a calm to my spirit and I love how having a green thumb is something I discovered about myself. Super fun!”

Celebrity hair stylist and salon owner Ted Gibson as told to WWD

Vena Cava Fall 2011: 90s Grunge is Back

If there was any doubt that the 90s are back in all their midriff-baring glory, Vena Cava’s Fall 2011 show yesterday solidified it. The models sported berets down the runway and the theme according to MAC stylist Christian McCulloch, was “Christy Turlington’s version of grunge.” While we’re not going to run out and buy all the floor-length skirts and cutout dresses we can get our hands on, we did love the “grunge meets rock & roll meets Fiona Apple and PJ Harvey” beauty looks happening backstage.

Click through for all the makeup, hair, and nail deets:

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