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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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A Model’s NYFW Diary: Prabal Gurung and Monique Lhuillier

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! 

Prabal Gurung

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Prabal Gurung mood board. Female military-inspired! Until recently, women in the army had no other choice than to wear men’s uniforms. 

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Two of the pieces in the collection.

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Army-spiked green and gold nails.

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The MAC palette used to create the bushy look. Makeup by Charlotte Tilbury.

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Mermaids on Holiday at Monique Lhuillier

The scene backstage at Monique Lhuillier this evening was all about the life aquatic. Odile Gilbert for Kérastase matched the theme of the show by creating hair fit for a mermaid: center parted, wet-looking, and extra wavy. The just-out-of-the-water effect came from applying loads and loads of Elixir Ultime serum and the waves were achieved by using a triple-barrel iron.

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"Brigitte Bardot On Holiday" Hair at Erin Fetherston

"The inspiration is Brigitte Bardot when she’s on holiday,” said lead hair stylist Odile Gilbert for Kerastase backstage at yesterday’s Erin by Erin Fetherston presentation. “So the hair is cool, and easy—the girls have a little wave and texture.”

The flirty ’60s rock-n-roll style was epitomized by the movie star’s signature tousled locks and emphasized by a kitschy zipper headband. Each of the girls was given faux-bangs by twisting a longer section of hair near the front of the face, and then inserting the ends into the partly-unzipped headband and tucked behind the ear. To style the look, Gilbert used Kerastase’s Mousse Volumative plus Double Force Hairspray to achieve a loose hold on hair, and finished ends with their new Elixir Ultime Rose Millenaire hair oil to add shine, which is specifically formulated for fine hair.

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Dangerous Lips and Hollywood Waves at Monique Lhuillier

Photos: Courtesy of Kérastase

The Show: Monique Lhuillier

The Makeup: Val Garland for M.A.C.

The Hair: Odile Gilbert for Kérastase

The Nails: Wanda Ruiz for CND

The Vibe: Modern glamor. Don’t let lead stylist Odlie Gilbert for Kérastase catch you calling the hair at Monique Lhuillier retro. “It’s anything but,” said Gilbert at yesterday’s show. That’s not to say that the style—slicked back on top and falling into classic waves—doesn’t have “a touch of Hollywood.” Gilbert achieved the look by curling the length of models’ hair with a curling iron and then brushing it out to create a soft wave. To achieve the sleek finish up top, stylists alternated spraying two hairsprays, Double Force for build-able hold and Double Force Controle Ultime for extra-strength hold, on sections and then brushing down. 

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The Prettiest Plaits Maybe Ever

Looks from the Alexis Mabille Spring 2011 Haute Couture show. Photo: Stylelist

Couture isn’t just about beautiful ball gowns—it’s about taking everything to that ultimate, showstopping level, including makeup and hair. Yesterday we talked about our fascination with the flame-red uber-dramatic eyebrows that models sported during John Galliano’s Dior show. Today, we’ve fallen in love with another over-the-top look: pretty plaits. At the Alexis Mabille show, hairstylist Odile Gilbert did long braids woven with faux-flowers and vines. The result was the most beautiful princess-worthy hair we’ve seen in a while. Who can resist loving such a romantic, Rapunzel-perfect look? Even though you can’t wear this hairstyle in real life, a girl can fantasize.

—Meredith

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