From the daily archives: "Thursday, June 25, 2015"


A U-pinned updo is a fantastic fit for when you need to change up your look, keep hair off the face, or attend a special summertime occasion. With hair swept away, pretty eyes are for all to see, cheekbones lift up, shoulders and neck get beautifully exposed. It’s why we see lots of updos at weddings and red carpet events. In the pictured look, we love the wonderful patterned texture seen from the back, along with the inventive use of colored U-pins. It gives updos, which can sometimes get to formal-looking, visual interest and whimsical appeal. Learn how to create something similar in the notes.

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Every season I’m anticipate what Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli are going to send down the Valentino runway. By now their folksy luxe hippie design signature is familiar, but still  they manage to reinvent themselves and create a new lust for bohemia. For the resort ’16 collection they surprised me once again by topping off the models’ heads with flora and butterfly adorned crowns which coordinated with their challenger earrings. And while being matchy matchy isn’t entirely groundbreaking, harmonizing a head full of accessories certainly looks fresh; pairing them with a plaited chignon is perfect for bucolic summers. Looking forward to seeing this look hit the festivals. Click through to style notes to see some of my favorite styles. –– Michelle Rotbart  

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Short haircuts are taking on new proportions: less layered, smooth, but with surprising outlines. The trend evokes early Sassoon cuts: customized geometric shapes to suite individual faces. But the revamped geometry here is anything but blunt. The soft edges feel a little unfinished like the DIY haircuts of early punk, but they also nod to fanciful beauty of elves and nymphs. The result is a delightful clash of edgy, pretty and irreverent. Click the notes for tips on getting the look. –– Laura Martin Click for StyleNotes →

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Bronde is trending for summer and with good reason; it’s like blonde but shinier, less damaging, and easier to wear. But if warm hues don’t flatter your skin you might be afraid to try this color. We most often see it in golden or honey variations, but bronde comes in cool hues too, like the smokey version pictured here. The trick is mixing ash with warmer hues to achieve a smokey caramel. Click the style notes for the professional formulation. –– Laura Martin Click for StyleNotes →