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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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The 5 Fall Makeup Trends to Try Right Now

One of the best things about previewing fall collections in February? The makeup trends that are meant to be worn in autumn are actually seasonally appropriate for these last few days of winter. Before the official onset of spring and warmer weather, here are the five fashion week-inspired looks that we’re trying right now. Which one is your favorite? 

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Phillip Lim fall 2013. (Photo: Courtesy of NARS)

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A Model’s NYFW Diary: Badgley Mischka

When it comes to high fashion, model Alana Zimmer is one of the biggest names in the industry. Some of her latest accomplishments: starring in the current Akris and Givenchy Beauty ad campaigns and walking in the Armani Privé and Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture shows last month in Paris. Currently the Canadian beauty is in the Big Apple for New York Fashion Week and doing her second backstage photo diary for us. Check back each day for more of her supercool pics from a model’s perspective! 

1. Alla and I after the show in our final looks

2. Hair demonstration picture by Peter Gray: upside-down fishtail braid with curls on top.

3. & 4. Details of the gorgeous gowns

5. My nails being painted with a matte red colour by Deborah Lippmann

6. Beginning the process of fake nails. With my favorite: tape instead of glue!

—Alana

Catch up on NYFW by checking out all our backstage coverage.

Retro Updos and Hues Reimagined at Badgley Mischka

We’ve come to expect serious glamour from the duo that dresses A-listers like Halle Berry, Angelina Jolie, and Eva Longoria. And Badgley Mischka’s Fall 2013 collection didn’t disappoint. For their latest catwalk triumph, the designers drew inspiration from Alfred Hitchock’s femme fatales (think Grace Kelly and Tippi Hedren).

Playing on the collection’s cinéphile theme, Moroccanoil’s lead hair stylist Peter Gray created a retro-inspired updo with a modern twist, while nail guru Deborah Lippman debuted a classic red polish from her upcoming Holiday 2013 collection.

To construct the ‘do, Gray started by weaving a classic-school girl braid from the nape of the neck to the top of the crown and fastening the braid with an ecstatic. Next, he fashioned the un-braided fringe into pin curls, pinned down and reinforced with a one-inch barrel curling iron. Finally, he gently racked a wide paddle brush through the wavy rolls on the top of the head to create an undone French brioche shape.

While we watched him work his magic backstage, Gray gave us some practical tips for pulling off the look: never braid clean hair and spritz hair spray onto yours palms for better grip. Gray explained that the finished product complemented the collection’s “long silhouettes and elongates the neck fantastically.”

We also got a chance to catch up with nail guru Deborah Lippmann. Her unreleased Red Silk Boxers polish added instant pizzazz to the models’ nails. And while the 1950s-inspired hue is classic, it dries to a trendy matte finish. Lippmann predicted that matte and textured polishes would be a huge fall trend: “Finish is huge for Fall—it’s definitely no longer about a pretty sheer pink.”

We expect we’ll be seeing these two looks a lot more come September. 

-Ally

Missed the first couple days of #nyfw? Don’t worry. You can catch up by checking out all our backstage coverage.

Badgley Mischka: A Model’s Diary

This New York Fashion Week, we have a new blog contributor—and she’s as pro as they come. Model Alana Zimmer (whose resume includes regular Vogue editorials, walking in couture shows like Armani and Jean Paul Gaultier, and starring in Nicole Miller’s fall ad campaign) is taking exclusive backstage pics for us at all the shows she’s in this season. Check back each day to see NYFW from a model’s point of view! 

The step-and-repeat backstage. 

Good morning! Empty chairs and a forest themed catwalk. 


Hair by Peter Gray

Matching toes (polish by Deborah Lippmann) and flip flops. 

Erin O’Connor’s opening look . 

Shades of pink. 

Get the EXACT color that manicurist Deborah Lippmann used on the models at Badgley Mischka here