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New York Fashion Week Spring 2013 - Plaits Please!

Braids were everywhere this season but no city seemed to be hit harder by the Brady bunch trend than New York. But these weren’t just your ordinary options. 

At Tory BurchEugene Souleiman crafted messy fish-tails inspired by a girl on the go. If you’re not sure how to fish-tail your own hair take some notes from the head-stylist himself – “Take a piece of hair, split it into two and then take a third piece of hair from the outside and put it into the inside. From the left, from the right, from the left, from the right — and you just follow that pattern. It takes about 10 minutes to do one so you need strong fingers.”

Loose braids wrapped all around the head at Emerson were created by Zahir Ziani for Elizabeth Arden Red Door Salon. A bit of a Heidi-goes-punk look. Looked great with a smokey eye on the runway.

At Marchesa’s decadent Grand Central-ly located show Frederic Fekkai’s lead stylist Renato Campora created sleek pulled back hair with a network of tight minimal plaits. A bit more difficult to emulate but with a bit of dedication and product could make for a smart look for a night out. 

Again - braids were woven into slick straight hair at Herve Leger, delicate braids by Laurent Philippon for Bumble and Bumble alluded to the strict harnesses peppering the collection.

Giovanna Randall, the mind behind Honor was inspired by the organic-chemistry of the human skeleton – this inspiration could be seen in the tight french braids

Plenty varieties to try at home and this is just the New York report – the Brady Bunch is back for S/S 2013 [not really - the Brady Bunch, although that would be quite awesome] why wait until spring, get braiding! 

Photos - from left - Tory Burch, Emerson, Marchesa, Herve Leger, Honor – all photos via imaxtree 

Perfectly Undone Ponytail

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Inspired:

From Red Door Spa National Creative Director And Master Stylist Zahir Ziani At Emerson

Steps:

  1. Sweep your hair back in low a ponytail and leave a single strand at the back of your neck.
  2. Use free strand of hair as a hair tie and wrap it around the ponytail several times. Secure it with a bobby pin underneath.
  3. Pull up gently on individual sections to create a soft unstructured crown.
  4. Use your fingertips to “backcomb”  strands, pulling up on a few at a time to create a volume.
  5. Spray the hole style with Kerastase  Laque Double Force for finish and hold.