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Fall Hair Trends Straight from the Runway

A variety of new hairstyles appeared on the runways at Fall/Winter 2012 Fashion Week, some which required scissors and others which required more conventional tools like curling irons, hair spray, and bobbi pins. Safer styles included “chunky waves” at Gucci, Ports 1961, and Preen, “twisted tresses” at 3.1 Phillip Lim and Monique Lhuillier, “slicked-back strands” at Zac Posen, Lanvin, and Viktor & Rolf, “woven braids” at Rachel Roy, “deep side parts” at Donna Karan, Dolce & Gabbana, and Badgley Mischka, and “the faux bob” at Behnaz Sarafpour, Betty Jackson, and Donna Karan.

Less conventional styles such as “the billowy updo” at Thakoon, Derek Lam, and Twinkle by Wenlan, “the bold bun” at Rodarte, Matthew Williamson, and Alexander McQueen, and “plush headbands”- which sound tame- at Marc Jacobs, Dior, and Hervé Léger, were a little less, well, conventional.

“The Billowy Updo”:

The “billowy updo” was seen on the runways of designers such as Derek Lam, Thakoon, and Twinkle by Wenlan, and is best described as a teased, unstructured updo. Eugene Souleiman, stylist for Thakoon, described the style as: "The look is tough yet dreamlike, imaginative and romantic. There is a touch of Victorian lady but with a real modern edge. The foundation of this look is volume at the roots, which any woman can achieve simply by backcombing hair at the roots using products that give fullness and grit to the hair." This look would be sophisticated paired with a cocktail dress or long gown for a night out.

“Plush Headbands”:

If you’re thinking “Blair Waldorf”- prepare to be surprised. Marc Jacobs has come out with quite a thick headband creation. Marc is a favorite designer of the character Blair in "Gossip Girl," but we don’t see Blair pre-ordering this design. If you were wondering which celebrity is a fan of this headband- rather, fuzzy halo- and you guessed Mary-Kate Olsen- you guessed right. If you want to attempt this style, go bold! Look for headbands that are large and adorned with statement-making embellishments like sequins or feathers.

If you’re looking to stay on trend for fall, your hair style may not have to change dramatically. You can keep your chunky waves, deep side part, or slicked-back ponytail and fit right in. If you’re looking to stand out, however, try a bold bun, billowy updo, or plush headband!

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