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Derek Lam and love a cool girl. For his Spring 2015 Ready-To-Wear show, Derek’s models eschewed the polished pretense of the ladies of Madison and 5th Avenues in favor of fashion and beauty looks, not overtly glam nor pretty, but definitely strong and cool and beautifully tough, like what a Lower East Sider might wear to the bar or the club. We adore the natural un-fussiness of the hairstyles, which are born out of the designer’s belief that the blow-out is dead. We’re not sure that’s true, but we can certainly take inspiration from his collection to create some gorgeous natural styles. To learn how to wear no-blow-out hair, click through to style notes. –– Michelle Rotbart

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Jason Wu called his Fall Ready-to-Wear designs his “most womanly, most grown-up” collection yet. Moving away from his previous quirky style to an assertive perspective, Wu’s new looks were a great mix of the hip and the feminine. The models donned achromatic tailored suits; emphasizing shoulders and nipped waists, they felt bold and decisive and womanly. Purple doe eyes with muted lips and cheeks added the hip, street tough twist. Yet it was the hair we found most interesting. Taking the braiding trend to higher ground, Wu had hairstylist Odile Gilbert create “chic and elegant” updos involving several interwoven sections and artsy interpretations of the chignon. Like the collection as a whole, the new take on the entwine shows fashion and beauty moving swiftly towards a more sophisticated direction. To make Wu’s concept yours, click Style Notes.  Click for StyleNotes →

In spring 2012, Nanette Lepore, inspired by juxtapositions in nature, lit the lightening on a new wave of colorful fashion and beauty trends by mixing neons with soft pastels. The world caught on, and now everyone wants to play with daring, bold, saturated tones. Seen on the runway, in editorials and beauty campaigns this season’s bright colors are inspired by fruit and flowers, and pop art paragon, Andy Warhol. If a multicolored Mui Mui blouse isn’t you, there are other, subtler ways to stay on the pulse. Our favorite is colorful hairpins. First worn by ancient Egyptians to secure decorative hairstyles, hairpins were originally fashioned from ivory and bronze. Today they can be anything from luxurious and ornate to discreet and utilitarian.  Used in bright combinations of three at the recent Cacharel fall ready-to-wear show, it is a great way to stay close to the vanguard, while adding a piquant splash to any hairdo. For tips and tricks on using pins, click style notes.  Click for StyleNotes →

We may have outgrown the 90s, yet a whiff of teen spirit is permeating fashion and beauty trends; the grimy glamour of the heyday of Nirvana and Pearl Jam has cycled back into style. The modern take offers an easier, more attainable aesthetic. As seen at a recent 3.1 Phillip Lim spring Ready-to-Wear show, new grunge juxtaposes feminine silk sheers with patchwork denim, shredded khakis, biker jackets, and vintage plaid. Yesterday’s Doc Martins are now strapped pointed flats or mixed mesh and leather heels. It’s about marrying street style to a dash of panache. Transplanted into hairstyle, the trend means the disheveled elegance of lived-in looks, the versatility of multi-textured styles, and a carefree, I-just-rolled-out-bed-and-I-don’t-give-a-damn attitude. More specifically, think of looseness and separation with matte finishes; tousled and finger-combed, windswept tresses; and the most mussiness you can muster. To see more inspirational images of the coming surge, click style notes.  Click for StyleNotes →