From the daily archives: "Monday, September 21, 2015"

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While undone and natural beauty continue to rule the runway, the gentlemen of Proenza Schouler presented a refreshing counterpoint. The look, a slick and thick single braid was inspired by images of Frida Kahlo and documentary photos of Cuban women. Braids were a consistent theme throughout all of the photos, so the beauty team created a Cuba-by-way-of-New York City plait. The models’ hair was gathered at the nape of the neck in a low ponytail and woven into a thick, flat braid. Still wanting a Proenza touch, the final style was made to look lived-in by way of a rough center part. The style wonderfully showcased the collection’s dangling earrings and high-collared silhouettes offering a fresh dose of artistic confidence. To see more styles from the show, click through to style notes. –Michelle Rotbart

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pinuo

A U-shaped fringe paired with soft, flowing length recalls the classic pinup style of Betty Page, while contrasting colors and diffused edges add a modern twist. The light, flowing ends lend themselves to easy straightening or soft, bouncy curls. The blunt bangs add drama to any look ranging from a simple ponytail to glamorous hollywood waves. Learn more about this trending cut in the notes. –Laura Martin 

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curling iron

Using a curling iron isn’t rocket science but it’s not completely intuitive either, and it’s one of those skills that you probably learned from a mom, sister, or friend, not a stylist. If you find that your curls are uneven, look unnatural, or don’t last, you may benefit from a little instruction. Click the style notes for six common curling iron mistakes and their solutions.  –Laura Martin 

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At the much anticipated Alexander Wang show, the designer proved he still knows how to make cool downtown girls even cooler. The Wang Gang was more eclectic than ever this go around. Instead of uniform meh waves, Irina Kravchenko, Anna Ewers and Peyton Knight strutted down the runway in a variety of easy styles—from micro bangs to shoulder length bedhead, and shorn shags. The beauty team did a wonderful job bringing out each model’s personality and natural hair with just a bit of tousle, snip and reshaping. The no concept show, according to Wang was the epitome of modern. And the looks certainly paralleled it by presenting no singular idea of beauty. To see more styles from the Alexander Wang show, click through to style notes. –Michelle Rotbart 

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