From the daily archives: "Friday, May 3, 2013"

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No doubt aware of the visual feast that Baz Luhman’s 3D adaptation of The Great Gatsby surely must be, Carey Mulligan cleverly chose a flawlessly minimal look for the New York premiere. A strapless dress, barely there makeup, one (scintillating earrings) accessory, and off-the-face hair –– it is a wonderful way for us to see the naked beauty of an English rose. Swept into the simplest chignon bun at the nape, her hair is all pushed back, yet the texture is kept fuzzy and disheveled rather than slick. It’s another smart choice. With such a stripped down aesthetic, too much sleekness would be severe; this way, Carey is chic yet playful. Want to steal the artful hairstyle? Get our tips to fuzzy texture and chignon buns in the style notes.

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British designer Vivienne Westwood describes herself as “the only punk left” –– to her credit, she and her partner Malcolm McLaren gave the punk rock movement its rebellious, deconstructed, hell-for-leather look in the 1970s. On May 9th, The Met’s Costume Institute exhibition, PUNK: Chaos to Couture, will examine punk’s influence over high fashion from the early beginnings of Westwood and the Sex Pistols to its modern adaptations. The exhibit will feature many designs, including original punk apparel and reinterpretations by designers Jean Paul Gaultier, Chanel, Versace, Alexander McQueen, Rei Kawakubo, and Givenchy. Another integral part of a punk-rockers style, and the movement in general, was the hair. Often worn short and unkempt, or dyed in unnatural colors, the styles eventually evolved into mohawks and devilocks –– a hairstyle that featured short back and sides, while the front was long and combed forward. To see our favorite inspirational looks and getups from the peak of the punk era and beyond, click through to style notes. –– Michelle Rotbart 

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The strength of this braid is that it helps to create an asymmetrical, short to long ‘do, which is a brilliant, beautifying way to open the face frame. Twines remain on the vanguard for their disheveled elegance, and the low-slung tousled élan of this style is perfect for beatnik spring parties. Styling is a matter of making a chunky braid in the back, then swinging it over the shoulder and wearing it with a sexy, insouciant attitude. To learn how, click style notes.

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Searching for a fresh new look for the weekend? This hippy-chic headband, seventies center-part, and cascading beach wave combine to create luxurious bohemian style. Slender, round the head headbands are back in fashion this season; they are the ideal accessory for the soft, sultry waves that everybody loves. Casual and carefree, this raging trend is easy to replicate. To find out how, click style notes.

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