Saturday, January 28, 2012

2012's Hair Trends

Square Bob

The classic bob really never goes out of style — it just gets reinvented every year. This year's iteration is going to have more of a square shape and will be slightly rounded in front (think flapper or film noir).

Undone Waves
Instead of super-textured, beachy waves, expect to see lots of smooth, "bended" waves. This looks works best on mid-length and long hair. To get the look, prep wet hair with a light-hold mousse (like Tresemmé Naturals Lightweight Mousse), then blow-dry upside-down using a round brush. Flip hair upright when dry, then, using a 1-inch curling iron, begin curling hair from the mid-lengths down to the ends. Brush through with a paddle brush for a natural finish and spray with a flexible hold hairspray for hold.

Get Twisted
Braids, you will be missed, but 2012 is the year of the twist. They were all over the spring runways and, like the braid, they can be interpreted in about a million different ways. Twists benefit from being a bit easier to do, so more people will be more willing to give them a shot. 

Bold Bangs
After a few seasons of piece-y, choppy bangs being the fringe of choice, we're going to start seeing a much heavier bang in 2012. They'll be slightly rounded through the temples, which can accentuate cheekbones and eyes.

She's Got The Moves
Unlike 2011, when the pixie was THE cut, there's no specific haircut that's going to dominate this year. Instead, there will be a variety of cool coiffs to covet. One thing they will all share is a heavier weight line — the area of the cut that has the greatest length. Heavy means that you will clearly be able to see where the hair was cut, so there will be less texturizing, meaning the hair will move and swing more.

Slick & Sexy
We saw so many instances of wet-looking hair (and copious use of hair gel) backstage that we started to reconsider our long-standing ban on Dep. To avoid looking like a greaseball, limit your gel use to an accent, rather than glopping it on all over your locks. The models at Elie Saab had slick, side-parted roots, with the rest of their hair left very soft and feminine.

Body Shot
Volumized blowouts are 2012's most versatile, maintenance-free trend. Because there is so much body, they tend to last for longer, meaning you can rock this 'do for two or three days if you use your dry shampoo judiciously. It works great on all hair lengths, but just make sure you start with a great cut.

Roll With It
Looking for a more adventurous style this year? I love this rolled, asymmetrical 'do from Rodarte's spring '12 show. To get the look, prep hair with mousse and blow-dry with a round brush to create a good foundation. Create a deep side-part, then section from the end of the part to the top of the ear and clip the hair to the side. Using a brush, take 1-inch sub-sections and tease them lightly to create volume and lift. Spray with hairspray, then lightly backbrush the hair to smooth out the surface. Loosely twist the sectioned-off hair back and pin it at the base with a bobby pin.


Thursday, January 26, 2012

Elie Saab Spring 2012 Couture

Elie Saab presented a romantic collection of ivory and pastel hues of powder blue, rose and wheat for his spring 2012 haute couture show in Paris. Known for designing many red carpet creations, this season had its fair share of Oscars ready fare ranging from crystal embellished floor length gowns to leafy prints in mint green. The delicate showing also offered ladylike lace works for a sweetly refined take on couture.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Spring 2012 Trend Report

The Animal: Birds
Designers used hummingbirds, swans, and pheasants in their bold creations this season—from abstract, graceful lines to three-dimensional birds perched on the chest and shoulders.



Marc by Marc Jacobs

The Palette: Pastels
Versace to Vuitton, knee-length to floor-length, designers gave the season a sense of airiness with a range of pastel tones.
Louis Vuitton





The Item: Peplum
From Jason Wu to YSL, the peplum reigned supreme. Whether worked into a blouse or jacket, the flared design is this season’s must-have accoutrement.
Jason Wu

Giorgio Armani


Nina Ricci

The Detail: Baroque Flourishes
Ornamental designs were all over the collections this season. Whether found in the fabric or fine embroidery, they added a touch of the regal.
Andrew Gn

Aquilano e Rimondi

Stella McCartney

The Silhouette: Drop Waist
Shapeless flapper-style dresses are trending this season, with some designers modernizing the 1920s style by drawing the line just around the hips

Giambattista Valli

Reed Krakoff

The Theme: Deep Sea
This season’s designers took a dive into the deep blue and came up with pearlized shell clutches at Chanel, coral embellishments at Alexander McQueen, and shark-tooth necklaces at Givenchy.

Peter Pilotto

Thom Browne


The Print: Digital Imaging
From Akris to Mary Katrantzou, designers brought our tech-filled lives to the runway this season by using digital photographs—including a tropical jungle landscape, a spirited bow, and wrapping paper.

Dries Van Noten

Mary Katrantzou

The Body Part: Midsection
Whether fully visible or through a window of fabric, flashes of skin revealed tight abs this season.


Anthony Vaccarello


Emilio Pucci

The Fabric: Matte Satin
Elegant and edgy, Balenciaga, Miu Miu, and Victoria Beckham went beyond 2012 with their sleek, modern designs.

Christopher Kane


Miu Miu

Victoria Beckham

The Inspiration: Abstract Art
Models donned swaths of solid color and geometric shapes this season. From Barbara Bui’s clean, modern lines to Hermès’ angular couture, the art world’s twentieth-century geometric abstraction movement made its way to the runways.
Barbara Bui




Proenza Schouler