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Trend: The Top Knot

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Last fall, it was all about the bun’s resurgence, this season it’s all about the top knot. “It’s a younger, modern version of a chignon and much easier to duplicate,” says Gilda, celebrity stylist at the Pierre Michel Salon in NYC. Granted, some version of the top knot is present every season, but this fall, it’s really come out as the must-wear style. I see at least a half a dozen fashionista’s a night wearing this trend. Last night at Indochine (how delicious is that tofu dish?!), there were 3 girls –  just in the front of the restaurant – with the top knot!

The trick: it’s all about showing off the actual knot. The more relaxed the knot, the chicer it is.

The top knot is fun and contemporary and takes NO time to achieve. It’s also great for showing off a pretty face of makeup or getting hair off of your neck (to blind everyone with your ear and neck bling, perhaps?). And it looks so damn cool!

You can wear it in the middle of your head, a bit to the side, slicked back, a little messy, as long as there is a knot! The finer details are up to you. P.S. For the vertically challenged lady, this style will actual make you (appear) taller (because the know adds some major height)! Who couldn’t use a few inches in the right direction?

Celebs like Erin Wasson, Jessica Hart, and Mandy Moore have all been spotted with the knot. Jessica Hart really wears it well. She’s always out and about in NYC with her hair all knotted up, which was actually my inspiration for this post….

Gilda explains how you can easily get this look:

1 – Take 2 hands and make a high ponytail. The height is key. Do NOT secure with a rubber band or you’ll have trouble creating the knot.

2 – Twist it around your finger to make it look like a rope.

3 – Twist the “roped” hair clockwise like you are twisting to make a bun.

4 – Tuck the bottom in and pull it through the middle of the bun for the knotted look.

5 – Let pieces fall as desired or slick back falling front hairs with a pomaide or hairspray.

TIP: For a night out of dancing, secure with a few sporadic bobby pins.

Will you be wearing the knot?

Trend Alert: Spring 2012 NYFW Trend Round-Up

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New York Fashion Week is officially over. Off to London, MIlan and Paris for more fashion, more makeup and more hair. But first, let us reflect on the top Spring 2012 NYFW trends that we are bound to see next year.

From the wearable (a bold lip) to the not-so-wearable (greasy hair), here is a round up of the hair and face trends to come:

Greasy Hair – Not that you’d ever actually want to leave your home with your strands in this condition, but it seems like many runways boasted the “unwashed” hair look this season. Proenza Schouler (pictured), Alexander Wang and Prabal Gurung are three of them.

The Bun – The bun is definitely a runway staple as it allows for the focal point to be the makeup and, of course, the clothes. This season, the bun took on a few different forms. There was the apres-swim bun at Sophie Theallet and the ballerina bun at Bibhu Mohapatra (pictured), to name two.

The Pony – The ponytail is another common runway style because it keeps the hair off of the face and away from the designs. But ponytails can take on so many different forms (as Spring 2012 has proven). A few examples: The messy pony at Charlotte Ronson, the low-slung, loose pony at Reed Krakoff (pictured), the modern, sleek pony (secured with a barrette rather than a rubber band) at Ports 1961 and a fashion-forward, semi-braided, sleek low pony with an exagaratted side part at Marchesa.

Bold Lip – A colorful, vibrant lip is a Spring staple and next Spring will, once again, see this trend. From bright orange to bright pink, shows like Prabal Gurung (bold berry/pink), Betsey Johnson (bright hot pink; pictured) and Jason Wu (creamy orange) displayed this trend to perfection.

Glowing, Dewy Skin – Skin seems to take on a very dewy, almost sweaty look. The inspiration for many of these faces is “sporty, athleticism.” Cynthia Rowley, Mandy Coon, Phillip Lim, Preen (pictured) Oscar de la Renta and Marc Jacobs.

Glossy Eyes – From fresh-eyed to black-lined, glossy eyes are going to be big come Spring 2012. Mara Hoffman (pictured) showed a greasy black liner with a glossy, gilded eye, L’Wren Scott did a glossy lid for a “deconstructed” look and Luca Luca did a glossy eye with a subtle pop of purple color.

Thick, Dark Brows – Overly thick, dark, accentuated brows (a.k.a. strong brows) are what’s next for your arches — so start growing them now. To darken, you can use dye for a permanent look or try a deep brown or black pencil for the dramatic effect without the commitment. Joseph Altuzarra (pictured) is the perfect example of this trend. Other shows that opted for the thick brow and/ or dark brow are Mara Hoffman, Daryl K and Oscar de la Renta.

Bronzed Complexion – This isn’t your average tanned glow, the bronzed complexion of Spring 2012 is an overall golden shimmer. Shows like L’Wren Scott, Michael Kors and Doo.Ri (pictured) are perfect examples of this trend.

What trend will you be wearing come next Spring?

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Pink hair was seen on two runways so far during NY fashion week.

First, Thakoon with a thick pink helmut-like head of hair (like some sort of Jetson’s alien). Next, at Marchesa with long, flowing locks of pink (more like a princess than a futuristic alien).

I wonder how many more runways will don the pink strands… will it make it’s way into real life?

TIP: If you’re digging the bold colored hair, try working colorful hues into your locks by just putting color on the tips… rainbow ombre! (For a recap of this look, click here).

(image: Lauren Conrad with a pretty confection of bright-colored ends)

Will you be sporting a full head of bubble gum pink?

TREND: Floral for Fall Fragrance

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As the fine folks at fragrance house Jo Malone say, “this fall, fragrance is all about florals.” While summer can be a bit more tropical –  coconut and pina colada, anyone? – fall will bring us back to the feminine scent of the flower. Simple, stunning with thousands of choices.

Here, a few NEW fall fragrances to consider for the season. A new smell, a new you…

Jo Malone Wild Bluebell Cologne This quirky and imaginative scent is dewy and floral with bright notes that includes fresh bluebell, clove, Lily of the valley, jasmine and musk. This is the first scent to be inspired by a whimsical Jo Malone™ fairytale – a story of Wild Bluebell, a curious girl mesmerized by the scents of English Bluebells in the British woodlands. $55.00 for 30ml

Molton Brown NEW Fine Fragrance, Lijiang A floral musky scent capturing the light, delicate softness of silk and crisp tea. Its lead ingredient, osmanthus absolute, brings a fresh delicacy and sophistication to the Chinese-inpsired fragrance. $120.00 (exclusively at SAKS)

Chanel No 19 PoudreA rich blend of floral and green notes, followed by May Rose and Iris from Florence. The finale: a chime of Chypre with a subtle, woody Vetiver note. TRIVIA: August 19 is the date that Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel was born. $119.00

Balenciaga Paris L’EssenceAn intimate fragrance with the intensity of violet. A leathery violet with vibrant woody notes. L’Essence intensifies the Balenciaga Paris violet essence. While the first Balenciaga Paris fragrance captured the classic side of the brand, L’Essence gets closer to the skin with leather and vibrant woody notes revealing the modern facet of Balenciaga. $95.00 for 1.7oz

Burberry Body Mario Testino directed the scantily clad Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and, if the ad is any indication, the fragrance exudes sex! Notes: fruity composition that begins with notes of fresh green absinthe, peach and freesia. Roses and iris are in the heart, leaning on the base of sandalwood, cashmerean, musk, amber and vanilla. $75.00 for 2 oz

Any other Fall fragrance launches that you’re dreaming over?
Let us know what you’re wearing!

TREND ALERT: Denim Nails

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Chanel is always ahead of the trend, so when they announced that their newest collection of polishes will be denim-inspired, you take note (after all, you do remember Vamp and the trend that catapulted, oui?). Debuting at Fashion’s Night Out on September 8th, Les Jeans de Chanel will represent 3 blue-hues ranging from light denim to indigo to dark.

While I’m not one to wear polish on my nails, I may have to jump on this trend. It’s just so perfect for my everyday uniform of jeans and cashmere! If nails are any indication of fall, I see a ton of blue (and denim) in our fashion forecast too.

Les Jeans de Chanel – a collection of polishes in Blue Rebel, Blue Boy and Coco Blue, created by Peter Philips, Creative Director of CHANEL Makeup and inspired by casual chic denim. $25.00 each (available September 8)

Here are a few other denim-inspired polish colors you can get your nails on immediately:

Dior Vernis ‘Blue Denim’ Nail Lacquer (Nordstrom Exclusive) – shine and sparkle and rich blue pigments. $21.00

M·A·C Jeanius Nail Lacquer – moody blues and indigo ink. $14.00

Sephora by OPI Nail Colour in Skinny Jeans – a turquoise shimmer. $9.50

Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer – I Know What Boys Like – a periwinkle blue hue that’s like your favorite pair of dark denim. $16.00 (online only)


Will you be rocking the blue-hue?

And, if so, which polish color?

Trend Alert: Freckles For Fall

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Can you believe it? It’s almost Fall! I’m sad to see summer go. While I may complain about the heat and humidity, it sure beats the approaching trauma of wind, rain, sleet and snow.

Alas, we’re not here to talk weather – we’re here to dish on trends. And this is a rather interesting one, and so easy – something that everyone can achieve within minutes: freckles!

As a child, I had freckle envy. I thought that girls with freckles were so cute and so lucky. As an adult, I had flawless complexion envy. I wanted a pore-free face. Instead, I grew up with pores, the occasional break out and sun spots (that looked a lot like freckles). The grass is always greener, my friends…

image from Chloe Fall/ Winter RTW 2011/ 2012 

I recently did an interview with Chanel celebrity makeup artist Kate Lee (love her) for Interview Magazine, and while mentioning her favorite Fall trends from last season’s RTW Fashion Shows, she references the Chloe show (pictured above), saying: “Chloe always seems to lean towards that beautiful, fresh-faced ’70s ideal of beauty. This season was very tonal and innocent. I love the way freckles have been added to this look.”

Kate goes on to explain how to achieve this trend, “To enhance your own freckles, or cheat a few in, brow pencils work amazingly well. Remember to be very subtle. Apply tiny dots randomly and then pad with your fingers—you’re looking for a light sprinkling across the bridge of the nose. If you keep the tones natural with all the elements of this look together, it will work for every skin tone.”

This is fabulous news as we move from summer to fall. While the sun has (hopefully) left us with a golden glow, chances are, the after effects – no matter how much sunblock you use – will be a few freckles forming on your face (and if not freckles, sadly, sunspots, that look quite like freckles, but have more long term damage). So…. this trend will be easy to fake come autumn as most of us will already have a base.

Let’s get real: freckles are cute. They’re natural. And they’re a new, fun facial accessory!

Here are some inspiration photos for fabulous freckles (obviously, you can do as few or as many as you wish):



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TREND: Coral, The Color For Summer

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With just over a month left of summer, we thought we’d give you one final color trend you need to be wearing come beach or bbq – coral! Just last week Rose Byrne was spotted wearing a coral lip to the  Zimmerman 2011 Resort Collection dinner in Hollywood. Celebrity makeup artist Fiona Stiles created the “bright, happy” look.

We spoke with Fiona along with 4 other amazingly gifted makeup artists to find out their tips on how to wear coral right, why coral is summer’s it color, and their must-have product recommendations.

Celebrity Makeup Artist Fiona Stiles: “Coral works on all skin tones and is more fun and festive than a red or pink lip (it also makes teeth look nice and white). It’s less vixeny than red and more sophisticated than shocking pink. With fair skin it gives a beautiful contrast to the skin and with warmer skin tones it brings out the pretty golden undertones.”

Product Picks: “My hands down favorite coral lipstick is Ginger Fawn from Tom Ford’s Private Collection. It’s not too orange, not too pink amd is the perfect texture.”

M·A·C Cosmetics Senior Artist Chantel Miller: “The coral trend is about the 70’s coming back. The trend began lightly in NY and then in Milan.  The difference this season is thatcoral is being used as a monochromatic “look” rather than a single point of reference in a makeup.  What makes this easy to wear is that one product can be used in multiple places.

Remember coral will always be a color that is celebrated in trend because it is a basic skin tone enhancer for a glamorous smokey eye, an angelic dash of color when romantic makeup is the rage and just an all around shade that works well at anytime.  When the trend focuses on coral you can really let it loose!”

Product Picks: “Try MAC Cosmetics Powder Blush in Peaches or M·A·C PRO Cream Colour Base in Virgin Isle, lightly applied to eyes lips and cheeks, the trick is to keep it all quite sheer.  Perfectly applied mascara is a must, try M·A·C Cosmetics Mascara in Haute & Naughty Lash, and slightly tanned skin can really work if coral feels like too much color for you, try M·A·C Cosmetics Bronzing Powder in Matte Bronze or Refined Golden.”

Lancôme National Makeup Artist Alex Sanchez: “Coral has a wonderful brightening effect for the face. Be sure to choose coral lipstick shades that are creamy and glossy vs. matte and metallic. Think modern beach-peachy vs. dated frosty-apricot.”

Celebrity Makeup Artist Beau Nelson: “Coral makeup looks great on everyone, and its particularly easy to wear in the summer months when you have a bit of a tan, although I also love coral makeup on very pale skin.

Coral cream blush is a must have for summer because its easy and its dual purpose. Using your index finger and middle finger pick up product and then rub the product on the same fingers from the opposite hand. Use a gentle tapping motion on the cheeks with both hands at once to evenly distribute the color onto the cheeks, and the tapping motion will blend it for you.

A bright coral lip is a great summer evening statement. Apply straight from the tube and then use a light tapping motion of your index finger to push the color out to the edges so its soft and blended looking. Dust bronzer all over the face and add two coats of mascara to complete the look. Softly metallic coral blush is a pretty way to enhance skin, try layering it over an existing matte blush to add dimension and create a shade all your own.”

Product Picks: NARS Gina blush; MAC Virgin Isle Cream Color Base; Illamasqua Mistress Intense Gloss; Chanel Orange Fizz Nail Color; Glominerals Passion Fruit Lipstick”

Dior Celebrity Makeup Artist Ricky Wilson: “Coral is always a great color to wear in the summer because it looks best on sun kissed skin. It is also a color that any skin tone can wear with confidence if done right.

Eyes: Wearing color is tough for many women but if you keep the brighter color sweep on your lids you will avoid looking to bright and made up. Coral shades can be worn as an instant eye popping look in just a few steps. I like to take one color and sweep it on the lid blending up to the crease, followed by a touch of brown eye pencil and Diorshow Blackout mascara.

Cheeks: Who doesn’t love a nice summer flush?? It’s the easiest way to pull your look together in the summer without adding lots of makeup. One of my fave summer looks is blushing the apples of the cheeks with the new Diorblush in Pink in Love and adding a touch of mascara and lip gloss.

Lips: Corals can be bold or sheer for the lips as both look amazing depending on your own personal style of makeup. The key to wearing coral in the summer is ditch the harsh lip liner. You want the edges of your pout to look soft and natural. Try blotting the lipstick on with your finger starting in the center of your mouth and work out towards the edges. Feel free to gloss this look for a nice succulent lip or keep it demi matte for a retro coral effect.”

My favorite coral color picks:

Lancome Replenishing & Enhancing Lipcolor in Coral Ribbon

Givenchy Gloss Interdit in Succulent Orange

Rouge Dior in Coral Serum

Too Faced Full Bloom Cheek & Lip Creme Color In Prim & Poppy

Aubrey Organics Powder Blush in Bronzed Peach


Trend Alert: Rainbow Ombre

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Ombre has been the rage for quite some time now. If you’re still not in the know, here’s a quick recap: ombre is a hair coloring technique when you lighten just the tips (ends) of your hair and keep the roots darker (more natural). Celebs like Jessica Biel, Alexa Chung and Rachel Bilson have made ombre very popular among the Hollywood and trendsetter sets.

Well, now you can add colors to the ombre mix: rainbow colors. Lauren Conrad just debuted quite the ombre style (see below) – a colorful confection of purple, pink and green. Will it be the newest hair trend?

Senior Colorist at Cutler 57th Street Salon, Dallas Walsh, says, “This new rainbow trend is an extension of the ombre looks we’ve been seeing since winter. We’ve had a lot of requests to add shots of colorand tipping. Feather extensions were the big craze as we transitioned into summer but now that everyone’s wearing those a fresh way to make your hair pop is to add rainbow tips. The rainbow ombre is a fun, vibrant way to add a pop to your style and will look great on all hair colors.”

BUT WAIT… I’ve seen this before…

My friend, Nylon Magazine Style Editor-At-Large Dani Stahl (who always happens to sport the fiercest color thanks to Marie Robinson) was actually the first to debut ombre with color back during this past fashion week! She colored her tips a vibrant yellowish to contrast her dark chestnut base. It was killer!

Looks like someone was ahead of the ombre color trend…

Trend Alert: Orange Lips For Summer

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Orange is all the rage for the summer pout, and while you may be thinking, “this is SO not wearable,” think again… orange can be liberating – and quite spectacular – if you let it!

Here are some tips – and kissable orange hues – to try for summer:

1 – While a bold orange may be too theatrical, a coral hue (has a dab of pink in it) is just as fun but a bit more practical.

2 – A gloss with an orange tint will give you the trend without the dramatics of a matte lippy.

3 – You needn’t wear a full face of makeup when working an orange lip. Some mascara and an apricot blush and you’re good to go.

4 – Try dabbing a bold orange lippy onto your finger and blending with some Vaseline (or any clear gloss of your choosing) to create a glossy stain that is both pigmented but slightly understated.

5 – Favorite oranges: Jouer tint in Poppy (a sheer coral); Nars Lip Gloss in Giza (nectar); YSL ROUGE PUR COUTURE SPF15 13 Le Orange (Bright Orange)

Trend Alert: Beachy Waves

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Sunday night’s MTV Movie Awards saw one of my favorite hair trends: the beachy wave. And it’s just in time for summer

Worn (well) by the likes of Cameron Diaz, Leighton Meester, Emma Stone and Reese Witherspoon.
Worn (not as well) by Kristen Stewart and Chelsea Handler.



What makes a good beachy wave? And why are the celebs going gaga for beachy waves now?
We asked the experts.

“The beach-y wave trend we have been seeing on the red carpet can enhance a youthful, soft modern feeling to many looks,” says celeb hair guru, Cervando, who has worked with Rosie Huntington.

“The trick with getting the perfect beachy wave trend is prepping the hair with the right amount of product. Many girls don’t use enough and their hair falls flat within the hour. My personal favorite is . Apply to damp hair from roots to ends, and dry with your hands to keeping the natural bend,” explains Marcus Francis, celebrity hair stylist, who has worked with Marisa Tomei, Rashida Jones and Emma Roberts.


Follow celeb hair stylist, Jen Atkin – who works with Sofia Vergara – simple how-to to achieve this trend at-home.

“First it’s best to start off with damp hair.   Use Frederick Fekkai Wave Spray to create texture in the hair, and scrunch at ends while blow drying.  When hair is about 75% dry place Duckbill clips horizontally to set the hair, creating waves and bends from the roots to ends.  it doesn’t have to be precise, you just want to make dents throughout your hair.  Spray a bit more texture spray, and blow dry completely.   I recommend if you have long bangs, leave them out and twist each bang back and away from the face (think Farrah Fawcett) and blow dry each twist.

Once hair is dry, remove the clips and you can use a 1 1/4 ”  curling iron to wrap ends that need a bit more bend.  It’s best to keep it messy and not too overdone. 

If hair is thick and dry, use a pomade to break up the ends.  Make sure to only use about a dime size amount. It is easiest to get this look if you already have long layers.  If not,  make sure to just use a bit more Wave Spray and Duckbill clips in your hair. “

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