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New York Fashion week is known for pushing the envelope, and the looks can be hard to translate to the street. If the runways at home seem too extreme, you may find inspiration abroad.The French are famous for gamine chic: an understated, effortless and slightly androgynous style.  From shirred waves to boyish pleats, these subdued looks are subtle enough for everyday wear and oh so stylish. Click the notes to learn more about each look. ––Laura Martin 

Pompadour fringes at Isabel Marant: This half up style combines natural texture with a flipped front. Gather the front section of hair, flip to the opposite side of your usual part, and twist once, pushing forward before pinning to add volume.

Center parts and fresh color at Balmain: This show styled the brunette models in blonde wigs and the fair haired models in dark wigs. A color change need not be rainbow to feel dramatic. Wear your new hue loose and center-parted to let your color shine.

Ribbon braids at Louis Vuitton: Tiny braids change the texture of the hair rather than the shape. Try small rope braids, or simple plaits to give your strands ribbons of contrast.

Ruched tresses at Alexander McQueen: To create this loopy, romantic texture, twist thick sections then grab the end of a small section within the twist and push the rest of the hair up, creating a gathered effect. Repeat all over the head, then pin into desired shape.

Boyish pleats at Lanvin: Twist hair tightly at the back of the head, creating a tight pleat. Leave ends loose and fold forward over the forehead to create a faux bang. Pin a bow at the back for a feminine touch if desired.

Rolled top at Dries Van Noten: Gather hair above the parietal ridge and roll, from ends to roots, wrapping hair toward the center of the head, ends up and over. Arrange on one side and pin into place.

Special thanks to Laura Martin for this post. Laura is a professional hair stylist, former senior educator at ARROJO cosmetology school, and a creative non-fiction MFA student at Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA. Follow her inspirations on twitter  @LarMarStyle

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