French couturier, Yves Saint Laurent said that “fashion fades, but style is forever.” While some trends are timeless (Le Smoking Jacket) others leave us cringing (Crocs). New York Fashion Week left us with lots to analyze –– which trends will stay, which will go. This year, less established designers excited us the most. Adam Lippies showed looks inspired by classic sportswear. The sleek, sexy separates were utilitarian yet feminine. The strong cuts of Sofia Sizzi’s Giulietta brand were reminiscent of 60s silhouettes, with black paneling used to streamline the clothes and add a graphic motif to the collection. Bellavance, a design house made up of two Parsons graduates, displayed structure and cleanliness, mixing rich colors and textures for a chic aesthetic. This shift to sleek will likely lead to a sudden shortage of cigarette pants. But beyond fashion, how can we make tailored structure and sleekness work in our hairstyles? For inspirational words and images that can help you find the perfect structure for your crowning glory, click style notes.
Nancy Kwan’s sleek bob, cut by Vidal Sassoon in 1963 (collage image top right), is a perfect parallel to the structured aesthetic –– architectural yet wearable. The key to sleek and structured hair is to show it off with shine. Root lift is a must; work with lightweight products that can add volume but don’t weight hair down. For a smooth and sleek and shiny look, blowdry with set and style spray. To finish, mist a light film of shine spray of the hair’s top surface. It’s a great way to add glister, while also taming flyaways. Structured hair is achievable and, in 2013, oh-so-chic.