I had the special opportunity to attend a preview of China: Through the Looking Glass, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute yesterday. With its 140-plus-piece collection of ready-to-wear, haute couture, traditional Chinese arts and textiles, and films on display, the exhibition is truly spectacular. Paralleling the glamor of the exhibit was the celebrity crowd on the red carpet leading up to The Met Gala last night. It’s great to see true beauty on the red carpet––we certainly need to celebrate something. There were lots of great styles on the scene, everything from polished updos to flowing locks, and even some crazy headware ( I’m talking about you Sarah Jessica Parker). To see some of the best styles of the night, click through to style notes. –– Michelle Rotbart
Shorter we go. Joining the likes of Rita Ora and Ginnifer Goodwin, British-born beauty Lily Collins has chopped off her bob, going for a playful and chic pixie cut. Pixie cuts are a trendy, fun and flirty alternative for spring, especially when worn with a bespoke fringe, tight nape, and loose ends that tousle, swish and swoop. Learn about getting a fashionable pixie in the notes.
In the seasons of spring and summer we all love tousled, rolled out of bed, carefree hair. This prim and proper look from Lily Collins provides the perfect contrast to those styles, offering something more demure for professional engagements, or to help you feel ladylike and bashful. The head-hugging shape accents the beautiful, feminine curvature of her head, and the controlled side-sweep draws attention to the sparkle in her unusual eyes. Shot by Karl Lagerfeld for the Barrie Knitwear fall campaign, wear this style when you want to appear reserved and respectable. For tips, click style notes.
We love this beautifying everyday look from Lily Collins. The long, layered bob is cut to the collarbone and is styled in the loose, deconstructed fashion of the modern girl on the go. We know bob-lengths are trendy right now, yet Lily manages to up the style stakes with the perfectly seasonal ombre. Hair color should always be a little darker in winter; as skin is paler, it’s more suited to muted tones. A dark chocolate brown at the roots, the color suits her complexion and eyes, while the soft graduation to a caramel tone on the ends is nice and subtle, but still manages to add lift and pop to her look. Her striking red lip is the perfect finishing touch. For our tips on shaping a similar hair style, click style notes.