For Alexander Wang's first Balenciaga Pre-Spring collection, it was back to house basics. In as much, he took the Paris-based staff to Spain's Basque country — Cristóbal Balenciaga's native home — where many of the label's vintage designs currently reside. With that kind of research backing the design, it came as no surprise, then, that Wang's latest is a modern update on Balenciaga's trademark silhouettes. The iconic volume and bubble skirts were toned down, giving way to double-layered dresses that hit just below the knee and soft origami folds on shirts and dresses. The collection supplied a tight edit of black, white, and grey, with all the signs of Cristóbal's structural elegance intact. Even the late couturier's scribble patterns were part of the Pre-Spring equation, showing up on boyish jackets and silk underlayers of dresses. The things Wang did see fit to inject with his signature downtown aesthetic were much more subtle. He turned phone cords (remember those?) into ankle straps on sandals, coiled bracelets, and earrings, and gave texture to lampshade-like hats, shoes, and hems with black shredded vinyl.
Vera Wang got sculptural for Fall 2013, adding volume to architectural shapes and playing with tones of layered jacquard prints. Moving away from the slim lace silhouettes of Spring 2013, the designer focused on stone and black looks for her opening, with domed cape backs on jackets and sleeveless vests — even having bandeaus snake under armholes to contrast tight fronts with voluminous backs. Evening emerged in a flash of violet sparkle with exaggerated peplums, printed chiffon blouses billowing over matching cigarette pants, and all-over beaded dresses. It was utterly elegant, formal without being stuffy, and one of the designer's tightest seasons in memory.
You may know Julianne Hough from Footloose, or the Tom-Cruise-starring musical, Rock of Ages. Maybe you've seen her on the arm of long-term boyfriend Ryan Seacrest, or maybe, like us, you've noticed something else entirely — her incredible hair. She quite recently cut her hair from super long to a short, above-the-shoulders messy crop, and we couldn't love it more. Julianne's gone on record to say she loves how rough and messy you can be with short hair, and we've gotta say — it's working for her! Whether it's braided across her head or whipped into a cool frenzy, it always looks good. One flick through this gallery of her best styles and cuts and you'll see what we mean!
Ms Lopez, we must congratulate you on that hair! Jennifer Lopez works some serious tress-volume for the February edition of US Harper's Bazaar, managing to pull off the full-volumed look without veering into scary 'fro territory. A straight centre part and sleek top section keeps things modern, but the brushed out mid-lengths ramps up the glam-factor and gives the whole look a slightly '70s silhouette. We likey! The easiest way to recreate is with a set of hot rollers. Divide hair into six or eight sections — depending on the thickness of your hair — and roll up and under towards the crown, but only three quarters of the way. When cool, unroll and spray with hair spray before brushing out with a boar-bristled brush — teasing the ends slightly to finish. Flip upside down, spray again, flip back and voila! Locks J.Lo herself would be proud of. Step inside to get a closer look at Jennifer's glamorous shoot. Images courtesy of Katjia Rawles and US Harper's Bazaar.
Kristen Stewart's really been knocking it out of the park lately. Paired with what has become her signature hair look, her cat-eye liner couldn't have been more lovely — the jet-black lines accentuated her pretty green eyes beautifully in one of our favourite beauty looks this week. Of course, it wasn't just Kristen who wowed us! Other easy-on-the-eye stars like Amanda Seyfried, Doutzen Kroes and Kim Kardashian made us want to pick up some new beauty tricks quick-smart, while one singing superstar in particular has the red-lip look nailed like no other. Click through the gallery to check out all the gorgeous looks that caught our attention this week!
Limp locks are nobody's idea of a great hairstyle, so if you have fine hair, it's tempting to backcomb the roots within an inch of their life or apply 1,001 volumising products. The trouble is, constant backcombing can damage the hair and the wrong-kind of products can weight it down, thus adding to the limp effect. So what's a girl to do? Give yourself a boost with these top tips for fine hair.
- Look for lightweight shampoos and conditioners. People with fine hair need to look for products that won't weigh the hair down, but instead fill it out. Aveda's Pure Abundance Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner ($29.95 each) are great because they boost the volume of the hair using a plant-based blend formula complete with certified organic acacia gum.
In this week's episode of Australia's Next Top Model the girls got to play around in pink paint and strut their stuff in Sydney's Strand Arcade wearing outfits made from recycled materials. For the latter "Fashionless Waste" catwalk, some of the models sported crimped 'dos so we got on the phone to the show's lead stylist, TRESemmé's Joh Bailey, to talk more wearable ways of getting va va voom volume!
If someone has fine hair, what are the best ways that they can inject volume into it? There are a couple of things you can do:
1. Always blow dry using a large round brush and blow-dry against the natural hair direction. Blow-dry from the top of the hair at the centre part and flip the blow-dried section over to the other side of the head as you keep working. This helps the hair work against its natural inclination to fall flat.
2. You can also spray the hair all over with TRESemmé Dry Shampoo ($11.49) and blow-dry to add extra volume and texture.
Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson just took to the red carpet for the world premiere of their new movie Water For Elephants. Rob looked very handsome but Reese stole the show in her '50s frock and blue-grey eye makeup. The beautiful newlywed opted for a teased up 'do that saw her hair scraped back and away from her face in a similar volumised fashion to her Oscars look. Instead of a swinging '60s ponytail though, her strands were secured in a neat little chignon at the back of her head. It's an effortless and elegant style, but do you like it?