From the daily archives: "Thursday, April 25, 2013"

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Fashion may often live off the past, but this optical phenomenon is out of the scientific future. Found in nature, iridescence occurs when colors change in correlation to the angle from which a surface is seen. Think seashells, bubbles, feathers of peacocks, and butterfly wings. Inspired by this miracle, Jonathan Saunders put iridescence into his high-shine metallic skirts, tops and jackets, while Stella McCartney added futuristic finishes to her pumps and clutches at London Fashion Week. If you are ready to move past spring florals and love the texture and fluid glimmer that this rainbow prism effect creates, the trend offers a new wave of options when thinking about hair color and other aspects of fashion. To channel your inner spacewoman, or simply add a hint of shine, click through to style notes. –– Michelle Rotbart 

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The whimsical texture of this braid hugs the features in a soft arc that offers control without pulling hair away from the face. Separation between the strands woven into the twine gives an open feeling and an airy texture. The bohemian shape is easy to create and appropriate for events ranging from music festivals to prom. Pair this youthful eclectic look with hair chalk for a bright, playful feeling, or use defrizz serum to add a flawless high-gloss finish perfect for pairing with a little black dress. Read on for simple steps to creating this striking style. –– Laura Martin 

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On the vanguard of fashion and beauty trends, American Wave creates a range of permanently textured looks. For today’s fashion-forward girls about town, it’s the perfect way to create a modern style with body and movement, tousle and flow. We recently showed how American Wave is used to create trendy beach waves, and today we received this submission, showing how the service can shape expanded curl patterns. Done by Amanda Jenkins, master stylist at ARROJO NYC, the squarish shape is created with a horizontal hair-setting technique, inspired by editorial styles. The result is a big, bouncy and flouncy curl pattern with a playful personality. The model, Aziza, was kind enough to share her thoughts on getting the service and working with her new texture. For her view, click style notes.

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Smudgy eyeliner, nude lips, and leather jackets herald the return of grunge as a big influence on spring fashion. Shaggy texture and loose styling lend a grown out feeling to this season’s hair looks, for a cool, casual vibe. Bobs that dust the shoulder with long, eye-skimming bangs have a lived-in feeling that provides an interesting counterpoint to the crisp outline of these shapes. Muted reds have a faded quality that enhances the look. Read the style notes to learn more about this trending style. –– Laura Martin 

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