Saturday, 18 February 2012


Hair & hairstyles

Wind-blown updo at Vera Wang: hair how to

When New York’s darling designer Vera Wang presented her fall 2012 show, she approached androgyny with a little careless naivety. Her woman had sparks of masculinity with a serious twist of elegance and ladylike grace. The front rowers saw sheer fabrics clash with organza and feathers, but backstage was another story. Models’ messy and wet updo looked boyish from front-on and a naively feminine from the back. This is a hairstyle of a kind where the more knots and flyaways you have, the better it is. Follow the how-to steps after the break.


Charlotte Di Calypso covers Elle Russia

Charlotte Di Calypso brings a fringe plait to the cover of Elle Russia’s February 2012 edition.

The waved flapper bob: how to wear it now

The 1920s have taken another deep-end dive into the ocean of hairstyles. But in 2012, the disciplined finger waves are given a modern update - now with more texture, more tousle and a whole lot of added sexiness. Read on for details of the style, as well as steps for how to create it.

Sweeping hairspiration

When you have beautiful features and a nose sprinkled with freckles like a starry night sky, any hairstyle will look good. But Julia Hafstrom’s ginger-haired beauty aside, these 2012 hairstyle inspirations from Elle Taiwan are the kind that any hair of enough length can benefit from. From thickly fringed to bouffantly Bardot-esque, there’s a strong basis in the ’60s as the era of inspiration.

Hair how to: ethereal, fluffy curls

Straight on top then bursting out voluminously on the sides, this hairstyle is one that can have an ethereal softness, or an aura of '70s glamour. For brushed-out curls you can wear any time of day or night, follow our how to guide.

Backstage: the Jil Sander bob

The cool, perfected beauty of the retro faux bob. If you haven’t already attempted this sculpted 2012 hairstyle, you can follow the steps at that link. You’ll find the style is surprisingly simple to create. If you want more inspiration, however, on suiting the look to your own hair type and colouring, it’s worthwhile seeing how it was applied to the various models in Jil …

Hair colours to take you into winter and the new year

As the temperatures drop, the colour mood also changes dramatically. For fashionisers in the Northern Hemisphere currently experiencing autumn's cool days, it's not too late for either a minimal seasonal update or total colour revamp that will take you into winter 2012. Read on for details of winter hair colours to choose right now.

Hair how to: flowing, side-pinned waves

Flowing waves and bouncy blow dries are in hot demand for spring 2012. Another variation, as spotted on the runway at Sonia Rykiel, sees the '40s collide with the '70s: more relaxed than the former yet more formal than the latter, accessorised with a youthful hair clip. Read on for steps on how to master the style.

Hair how to: the elegant looped-under ponytail

Elegantly equestrian, fetchingly fresh: pair a slick center part with a looped-under ponytail for one of spring's chicest up 'dos. As seen on the runway of Carolina Herrera, it's a style that doesn't have to be reserved for after the sun goes down.

Hair how to: sixties double French twist

On the spring 2012 runway of Diane von Furstenberg, models emerged with a back-combed crown that swirled back into two mirrored French twists. The effect? A 1960s style bouffant hairstyle that crowns any outfit with an elegant vintage vibe. For steps on how to create the style, read on.

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