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Hair Decor: 7 Styles Straight From The Spring 2015 Runway

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Maximal impact, minimal effort
This week was the first time I grabbed a light jacket on the way to work, and I plan to mostly embrace Autumn’s cool aura with sophisticated and somewhat somber ensembles. Key word here is “mostly”. Serious fashion is maximized by a touch of levity, a whimsical flourish to add cheeky personality to even the most serious fashion statement. And what better place for fun flair than the tippy top of your hair? I got the idea from the Paris Spring 2015 Fashion Shows, where ornamental accessories added a touch of irreverent opulence to many a model mane. Inspirational items included a simple gold ring (Céline), graphic comb (Lanvin), gilded headband (Valentino), or a few fresh floral blooms (Dolce &Gabbana). The Spring of 2014 will forever be known (in my mind at least) as the Season of Guido Palau, who lovingly fastened gorgeous custom pieces into place at all three of those fashion houses. With Palau on the forefront, there’s a breath of fresh innovation flowing from the east and set to make a mark out west. 

Let’s break down the key details of Spring 2015’s designer hair decor. 

1. Celine

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On the Celine Spring 2015 runway, hairstylist Guido Palau accentuated models’ casually textured hair with golden barrettes personally designed by Celine Designer Phoebe Philo. Slender golden circles neatly held hair in chic half back hairstyle that offered a glimmer of glamour as each model turned and walked back down the runway. “The hair is pulled half back, which is a very classic style,” Palau explained to Allure Magazine, “We sprayed freshly washed hair with Redken Windblown, a texturizing spray, to add natural-looking movement… Then we placed the hair in this beautiful gold ring, which elevated the quite simple hairstyle into something super-rich. It’s kind of amazing what a hair accessory can do.”  Even cooler, these hair pieces are almost identical to the signature hardwear on Celine’s latest it-bag offering, a strappy leather pouchette forged of brown and black leather.

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2. Lanvin: Combs In Chignons

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AtLanvin’s 125th anniversary show, Palau tucked gold combs beneath classic chignons to “give them a bit of glamour.” The low placement and understated sophistication lent the hairstyle a graphic, structured edge. “It’s a nice way of using a hair comb,” Palau told Allure Magazine, “It gives the look a little bit ofchicness and glamour, and it also makes a simpleknot feel more special.” Simultaneously elegant and modern, the hairstyles at Lanvin beautifully straddled the fine line between honoring one’s fashion roots and looking forward to the next big thing. Best of all, these neat knots are easily replicated and accessorized by fashionistas from LA to NYC. Lanvin looked forward and reminded us that good taste will never go out of fashion. 

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3. Valentino: Mermaid Tiaras

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“It’s almost like she’s been in the sun for the first time,” Palau sad of the modern mermaid hairstyles he created for Valentino’s Spring/Summer 2015 Fashion show, “There’s a real softness to conjure up the spirit of the summer, with waves and a center part that hangs slightly over the ears.” After spraying damp strands with texturizing spray, the model’s hair was scrunched and set with a blowdry.Then, Palau curled sections at random and then gathered the hair into a deconstructed, beachy half ponytail. Good hairdressing aside, the real genius was once again in hair accessorization, this time with a gold shell studded tiara Ariel would have almost certainly gone mute for. This Season’s muse was The 18th Century Custom of a ‘Grand Tour’, or finishing school/summer vacation abroad hybrid during which elite young ladies would spend months promenading glamorously through Italy. I’m especially smitten with the way Palau wrapped pieces of hair around the accessory, as if human and ocean came together as one long-submerged wonder. 

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4. Dolce & Gabbana: Ruby Blooms

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“Feminine, soft, pretty—this is how girls want to look,” Palau told reporters backstage at the Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2015 Show. Dolce & Gabbana’s latest collection is Spanish inspired, specifically by Kingdom of Sicily’s rich aesthetic during Habsburg rule stretching from 1516-1713. Palau accentuated the designer’s matador red dresses and gold-embroidered flats with fresh ruby roses and carnations. After blowing it smooth, Palau gathered the model’s hair into romantic gatherings that sat low and a little loose. Those gorgeous, saturated blooms were randomly added along with lacquered ornamentation to strike the perfect balance of whimsy and passion.

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5. Fendi: Crocodile Tail Hair

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More “fierce” than “feminine”,  the Lagerfeld-designed leather flowers at Fendi Spring/Summer 2014 were attached to “crocodile tails” and pinned on top of the models’ messy, sexy ponytails. Yes: crocodile tail hair. Dreamt up by hairstylist Sam McKnight (presumably to give Guido Palau a run for his money), the crocodile tail begins as a low-slung, vastly volumized ponytail with tons of semi-messy texture. Then came the oversized leather flower dripping down into long tail shaped flap and ending just above the hair tips.

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6. Bottega Veneta: Floral Combs

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“It’s almost like gym hair,” Guido Palau said of the undone knots he created for Bottega Veneta’s Spring/Summer 2015 Runway Show. After working his usual texturing/blowdry magic, Palau wound the length of the model’s hair into a loose, après-sport bun with unfinished ends and a few face framing flyaways. The chic concoction was topped by delicate, jewel encrusted floral combs for an intoxicating hint of femininity.

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7. Missoni: Patterned Turbans

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For the Missoni Spring/Summer 2015 Runway Show, hairstylist Paul Hanlon topped sleek buns and ponytails with the label’s signature color saturated scarves. Missoni has long been a bastion of modern bohemia, and the inspiration for Spring’s sensual hairstyle is no exception. Novelist Zadie Smith was the muse for the bold faux-turbans Hanlon fashioned out of winding scarves and padded topknots seen on some of Missoni’s runway models. He began by winding the scarves an inch back from the forehead, and into a customized conical headwrapping that rested tightly over ballerina buns. “There’s a 1940s chic to it,” Paul Hanlon said of his creation “plus it’s great for the eyes!”. 

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Style Spotting: Nicole Scherzinger

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Last week, Nicole Scherzinger was spotted looking fierce in AsbyDF Sam Stretch Leather Pants. The Pussy Cat Doll, multiplatinum solo artist, and X-Factor judge practically purred in this deliciously decadent pair of ribbed, 100% stretch lambskin pants.

Flexible for comfort and form-fitting for major sex appeal, these beauties rest easy with a mid-low rise. What takes these leather pants to the next level is distinctive detailing: accordion moto paneling over the left pocket and knees and gold zippers over left knee, at front leg bottoms & on back pockets. 

Saunter into stylehaus and try on a pair stat!

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Prep That Polo

 Pop lock and rock it!

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Designers found a fresh and fabulous way to play with the sporty theme trending for Fall 2014 and Spring 2015.

Tory Burch, Polo Ralph Lauren, Alexander Wang melded prep with street for a super wearable, fashion forward polo you can wear anywhere, anytime. The biggest do when doing a polo? Bright colors! Striking neon and saturated jewel tones distinguish the polo you want to wear from the polo you wouldn’t be caught dead in.

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Models at Tory Burch Spring 2015 wore mustard colored knit polos seared with white stripes, a clear reference to the 70’s chic that everybody’s raving about. Polo Ralph Lauren made my mouth water with bright orange sorbet colored polo shirts topping long, flowy skirts for a striking tangerine silhouette. Alexander Wang popped green polo collars over semi-sheer white knit shirts for a punch of high impact.

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Ines de la Fressange

The best part of next Season’s polo shirt trend? You can- and should- wear it now! Crisp October weather is the ideal time for breaking out that semi-preppy polo shirt.

Givenchy Orchid-Print Piqué Polo Shirt

Givenchy Orchid-Print Piqué Polo Shirt

Plus, polo shirts are crazy versatile. You can pair it with most any pant, tucking it it or let it all hang out. Polo pieces are generally quite light, and therefore ideal for layering under outerwear.

Missoni Rib Polo shirt

Missoni Rib Polo shirt

 

I’m especially partial to pairing a loose polo with relaxed trousers for a casual yet work appropriate ensemble! A low heel and delicate jewelry will polish of the entire look.

Top 10 Marc Jacobs Quotes

Marc Jacobs is who every fashion student wants to be when they grow up. The most important Designer of his generation, Marc Jacobs is known for pushing boundaries, both in fashion and in life. Here are the top ten quotes of Marc Jacobs. 

1. Marc Jacobs on Evolution

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2. Marc Jacobs on owning it

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3. Marc Jacobs on Desire

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4. Marc Jacobs on Respect

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5. Marc Jacobs on sexiness

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6. Marc Jacobs on street style

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7. Marc Jacobs on style.

 

 

 

 

 

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8. Marc Jacobs on imperfections

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9. Marc Jacobs on doing what you love. 

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10. Marc Jacobs on meaning. 

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Statement Leather: Lauren Stucky Fall 2014

Lauren Stucky, a hot young LA designer our clients adore, just dropped off the Lauren Stucky Fall/Winter 2014 Collection at stylehaüs! The carefully curated collection contains Stucky’s signature sexy leather statement pieces, sophisticated patterns, and ladylike structure. Check out the fabulous pieces, only at stylehaus! 

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You Go Gingham

Diane von Furstenberg, Altuzarra, Oscar de la Renta

Diane von Furstenberg, Altuzarra, Oscar de la Renta

Fall 2014 may be pushing plaid, but Spring 2015 will shout “tiny check please”! That’s right, gingham is not just for picnics, plucky orphan girls, or cheesy Italian restaurants.

Lela Rose, Altuzarra, and DVF

Lela Rose, Altuzarra, and DVF

The gingham of Spring has a sexy, swingy vibe, sans the faintest trace of that Little House on The Prairie meets Pollyanna pattern you were forced to read in Junior High.

Altuzarra, DVF, and Michael Kors

Altuzarra, DVF, and Michael Kors

Major designers such as Altuzarra and Diane Von Furstenberg exuded swinging 70’s with the cheeky geometric print splayed over dreamy dresses and posh twin sets. 

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Designers at Altuzarra told reporters that they were inspired by cult classics like Rosemary’s Baby to blend the sweetness of gingham with ultra sexy, half unbuttoned ensembles.

Here are 5 chic pieces to take gingham from the runway to the closet. 

1. Knitz by For Love & Lemons Hit the Slopes Mini Dress by Free People

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2. ‘Yoko’ Gingham Taffeta Bow Miniskirt by MARC BY MARC JACOBS

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3. Cut-out Gingham Shell Top from Topshop

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4. Timo Weiland Gingham-Front Crewneck Sweater from Barneys

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5. McQ Alexander Mcqueen Black Velvet Gingham T-Shirt from SSENSE

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All White Everything

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That “no white after labor day” proverb has never been less relevant than it will be in Spring 2015, when all white ensembles will roam the street style catwalk like chic predators. I’ve heard various rules for wearing all white over the years, none of which are worth repeating.

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The designers at Issey Miyake and Christian Dior certainly weren’t paying heed to proverbs when they send models out in all white ensembles that involved mixed textures, heavy layering, geometric cuts, and combining various shades of the seemingly stark hue for a staggering deep palate.

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White is often thought of as a “light” shade, but Spring 2015 will bring all white outfits of super sturdy fabric and heavy construction.

Fellow fans of the all white trend include Phillip Lim, Thakoon, Derek Lam, Carolina Herrera, Ralph Rucci, Prabal Gurung, Victoria Beckham and BCBG Max Azria, who all showed head to toe white looks for the Spring/Summer 2015 Season in New York and Paris.

 

Top 10 Miuccia Prada Quotes

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Fashion designer, entrepreneur, curator, intellectual, feminist, and icon: Miuccia Prada is a woman of many talents. Miuccia took over her grandfather, Mario Prada’s, family owned luxury goods company in 1978 with little more than vision and drive. Over the three decades that followed, Miuccia transformed Prada into a fashion powerhouse, leading the label to record-breaking commercial and critical success and eventually making Prada the globally admired fashion institution it is today.  An outspoken liberal thinker and feminist, Miuccia Prada does not court the spotlight, but she also doesn’t shrink from it. When Miuccia speaks, she speaks with insight, gravitas, and a wonderfully endearing lack of pretension.

Here are my 10 favorite Miuccia Prada quotes.

1. Miuccia Prada on being different

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2. Miuccia Prada on daring. 

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3. Miuccia Prada on cliche 

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4. Miuccia Prada on archetypes. 

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5. Miuccia Prada on beauty.

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6. Miuccia Prada on living the dream. 

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7. Miuccia Prada on language. 

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8. Miuccia Prada on older women. 

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9. Miuccia Prada on sensitive men and strong women. 

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10. Miuccia Prada on label whores. 

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Beyond Bandeau

Tempting bandeaux bewitched audiences at Paris Fashion Week for Spring Summer 2015.

On the runways at Balmain, Dries Van Noten, and Balenciaga. Via Style.com

On the runways at Balmain, Dries Van Noten, and Balenciaga.
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Bandeaus moved from glorified bra into acceptable outerwear last year, when girls from coast to coast gleefully embraced sideboob and gaping tank tops.

 

Manish Arora Spring/Summer 2015 Photo- Yanni Vlamos via Style.com

Manish Arora Spring/Summer 2015 Photo- Yanni Vlamos via Style.com

I adore this trend- possibly because it’s flattering for many body types and insanely comfortable- but didn’t anticipate it weaseling into high fashion anytime soon.

Barbara Bui Spring/Summer 2015 Photo- Kim Weston via Style.com

Barbara Bui Spring/Summer 2015 Photo- Kim Weston via Style.com

So imagine my surprise and delight when, after perusing the photographs from Paris Fashion Week, I noticed several designers showing classy version of the simple style.

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Zadig & Voltaire Spring Summer 2015
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Balenciaga and Balmain both embraced the bandeau as a subtle accept on minimalist, flesh-flashing pieces.

Balenciaga Spring/Summer 2015 Photo: Monica Feudi via Style.com

Balenciaga Spring/Summer 2015
Photo: Monica Feudi via Style.com

Bandeaus at Balenciaga proved to be chic yet discrete layering pieces, nestling subtly underneath sheer, mesh, and netted dresses.

Balmain Spring/Summer 2015 Photo: Monica Feudi via Style.com

Balmain Spring/Summer 2015
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Balmain went bolder, using bandeaus as tops in their own right, and pairing them with classic black slacks and impeccably tailored blazers.

Dries Van Noten Spring/Summer 2015 Photo: Yannis Vlamos

Dries Van Noten Spring/Summer 2015
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Yet no designer out-bold bandeaued Dries Van Noten, who layered long bandeaux over- yes that’s right, over, not under- patterned blazers and see-through button ups.

Lounge In Luxury

Last month’s Spring 2015 fashion week is likely to set the styles we’ll be sporting by mid-Winter. I’m happy to announce that for once, labels are designing high-end garments with comfort in mind.

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Runways were packed with long, lean looks that read like the marriage of loungewear and black tie. Stand out looks included Rag & Bone’s loose leather tunic and trousers and Calvin Klein’s spacious matching tank top/long skirt sets.

Calvin Klein Spring/Summer 2015

Calvin Klein Spring/Summer 2015

Marc Jacobs sent out models in massive floor length skirts topped by a navy zip up hoodie that made an interesting mix of accessible streetwear and creative couture creation.

DKNY Spring/Summer 2015

DKNY Spring/Summer 2015

DKNY and The Row sent out models in all white, two piece ensembles that looked casually modern and faintly futuristic.

The Row Spring/Summer 2015

The Row Spring/Summer 2015

 

Models at Stella McCartney strutted in deliciously delicate, ultra luxe pieces straight from your dream pajama party.

Stella McCartney Spring/Summer 2015

Stella McCartney Spring/Summer 2015

If you’re not on the runway, I’d suggest pairing loose bottoms with a matching (or simply complementary) fitted top. All white is my favorite color scheme for this look, but if you’re not down with wearing so much of such a stark hue, go for your favorite neutral.

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Prabal Gurung, Nonoo, BCBG Maz Azria Spring/Summer 2015

If you do dare, head to toe white was one of Spring 2015 Fashion Week’s biggest hues and you’re likely to start spotting a crazy amount of starlets and street style bloggers rocking all white everything.