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Blog of the people, friend to the stars, today StyleNoted takes you behind the scenes of Rob Garcia’s En Noir Spring / Summer 2014 Ready-to-Wear collection presentation. With fans like Kanye and Lebron, this was one of the hottest shows during Fashion Week; thanks to our connection to ARROJO –– the cool New York hairdressing brand that did all the hair for the show –– I was taken behind the scenes to see elements of fashion and beauty meld into one cohesive, conceptually brilliant collection. Including signature leather pieces –– hand-treated to create various embossed and textured effects –– intricately printed tanks and t-shirts, track pants, and other monochromatic, urban-inspired designs, it was all reflective of En Noir’s elite meets street aesthetic. The models donned easy, cool hair. The wearable styles were inspired by the subtle yet nonchalant visual cues in the garments, and the soft texture seen in the leather pieces. To take a peek behind the scenes of the coolest wears and hair at Fashion Week, click through to style notes. –– Michelle Rotbart 

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Featuring a mixture of indigenous textiles and prints, modernized by slinky silhouettes, Rebecca Minkoff’s inspiration for SS14 is taken from the Mexican surrealist, Frieda Kahlo. No surprise then, that we see bright colors, flouncy skirts, statement jewelry, and milkmaid braids –– all were staples of Kahlo’s remarkable self-portraits. Whether or not Mexican folklore is your thing, the artfully undone messiness of this milkmaid is as impacting as it is current. To learn to create it at home, click style notes.

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If you lived through the nineties you may remember this move; supermodels, movie heroines, and popular girls would do it all the time. Sometimes it involved a casual motion of the fingers, sometimes a flick of the neck, but however it was achieved, the flip-over provided instant sexiness. It made hair look fuller, it created a cascade of movement, sometimes it even fell seductively over one eye. The trick was to make it look effortless, almost accidental. A defined part or stiff texture would ruin it; this look is all about movement. Learn how to get it in the style notes. –– Laura Martin 

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Black hair can be harsh and unforgiving, but it also highlights bone structure and makes eye color pop. This ultra-rich espresso shade gives the benefits of black but with just enough warmth to soften the darkness. The resulting color is dark enough to satisfy the craving for raven strands and works well on a variety of skin tones both dark and light. Read on for the formulation for this deep, dark hue. –– Laura Martin

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The flamboyant florals permeating Custo Barcelona’s collections are always worth a watch. This season, designer Custo Dalmau, took it up a notch with bright tribal patterns inspired by Navajo culture. What we found the most fun was how the hair matched the ruffled texture of the clothes. Described as “effortless and easy….sprayed back-knots,” rough, loose ponytails spring out of feathered ends, strutting like a peacock. With the right products and tricks, you too can put the textural subtleties of high fashion design into your hairstyles. For our tips, click style notes.

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