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5 to see: graduate showcase

When it comes to creativity and passion, you can’t keep a good
student down; and so it is that we always await with anticipation the
graduate components of Melbourne’s fashion weeks. At next week’s LMFF (L’Oreal Melbourne fashion festival)
it’s Wednesday night’s National Graduate Showcase that fills the
student space. With what we expect to be 12 impressive finalists and one
inspiring show, this one makes our must-see list.

lmff 2011



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Breakfast with Tiffany & Co

tiffany co sydney rafw

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Camilla: trading kaftans for campfires

For Camilla Franks, it all started during her actor training days
when she designed costumes for her glaringly lengthy stage performances.
“Firstly I did terrible plays and then I hated the costumes they made
for me. It was so boring. No colour, no fun.”

It was seven years ago when she was stereotyped for being a “hippie
and a flamingo dancer”. Today, with her brand Camilla, she has created
an exceptional niche that still falls under the “gypsy” outlook. Albeit a
luxurious gypsy.

This internationally acclaimed designer has done it all, from working
in Los Angeles at the Grammy Awards to launching a charity-driven
coffee table book that raised over AU$80,000 for UNIFEM. “We used the
money raised from Women of the World [the book], and built a school in
Lao. We’re teaching women how to work with silk there. I have been on
the most fascinating roller coaster ride. I’ve seen the good, the bad
and the ugly,” says Franks.

Ironically, Franks wasn’t always enamoured by her infamous title of
the Kaftan Queen. But her disapproval didn’t last long. “When I first
got that title, I was still trying to evolve as a designer and it really
frustrated me. But now I’m really comfortable with it. At the end of
the day, it brings me back to what I do best,” she says.

To coincide with the debut of Camilla’s autumn / winter
‘Woodstock Collection’ and to find out exactly what it is that the
designer has done best for this new season, sat down
with Camilla Franks to discuss what she has for the Camilla girl this
season, and what the future holds for the brand.

camilla autumn 2011

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BelleChasse lingerie ends the beautiful chase

As far as cities go, Melbourne
has always had an undersupply of lingerie houses that are both good and
modern. It’s never been hard to find lingerie, but contrast the
boutiques in the city with those you’ll find in Paris, London and New
York and you’ll see that for the most part, despite a ready and willing
customer, they’re simply not offering the same experience as their
foreign counterparts. There are no Agent Provocateurs in Melbourne nor
anything close to a Coco de Mer, and the boutiques that are here don’t
have anywhere near the same marketing impact or influence despite having
an open playing field.

BelleChasse seems intent on changing that.

bellechasse melbourne

BelleChasse’s opening season campaign.

Having opened just outside the city, BelleChasse has brought to
Melbourne that hedonistic mix of fine lingerie and kink without any of
the old world stuffiness that often makes other fine lingerie houses
feel like they’re solely the domain of the middle aged. They sport the
same youthful (oft at heart) and confident vibe that has done much to
leave us also coveting the likes of Agent Provocateur and Lascivious.

BelleChasse has opened at 1052 High Street in
Armadale, and is certainly well worth a visit. A visit that is likely to
live up to their name, BelleChasse effectively a portmanteau for the
‘beautiful chase’ (or ‘beautiful hunt’ which doesn’t have the same ring
about it). In their intimate and brilliantly designed store you’ll find
offerings from their house label as well as from the likes of Princesse Tam Tam and Marlies Dekker.

You can see all the pictures from BelleChasse’s store launch party in
Melbourne by clicking on the thumbnails below and browsing through the

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2011 hair trends: 2011 hairstyles for women

The year marks the true start of a new decade, and yet 2011′s fashion trends
are all about revival. True, there is a unique undertone of a modernist
style appearing, but take some of the most iconic styles of the 20th
century, infuse them with quality, and you’ll find the basis for the
dominant styles of 2011.

The year’s hair trends are no different. For fashionisers in 2011,
hair is all about revivals and evolution. With styles and colours we’re
seeing the best of 2010 reborn, whereas cuts are offering reworked and
luxurious revivals of styles that sit perfectly with the year’s clothing

Double hair knot

When it comes to the year’s fashion trends a lot of 2011 will focus
on embellished, quality details – it won’t be exactly the same for 2011 hairstyles,
however. Quality, yes. Embellishment, not always. 2011 won’t be a year
in which hair trends are based around adornments and accessories – yes,
there’ll be headbands, but there’ll be a larger push towards styles that
are au naturel. And amongst those styles will be the double hair knot.

double knot hairstyle

What is a double hair knot?

Taking the lead from last year’s hairstyles, the double hair knot
continues the infatuation with styles that seem effortless – think the
plaited and braided hairstyles that have been so popular for more then
12 months, simplify, and you have the double hair knot.

Like the topsy tail hairstyle of years gone by, the double hair knot
sits roughly at the nape of the neck or a little higher. The style also
works as a single knot – but by knotting the hair twice the effect is
more interesting, and easier to secure.

double knot side

A side view of the hair style as featured on Michael Kors’ S/S ’11 catwalk via Hanneli.

How to style it

Though a hairstyle suited to the entire year, the style of double hair knot you’re seeing in the pictures are best suited to spring / summer 2011.
Styled by Orlando Pita for the Michael Kors catwalk, the summer
influence comes courtesy of a desire to have fuse urban hairstyle with
the feel that its wearer has “been out at the beach all day.”

To capture the summer interpretation of the double hair knot, the simplest of instructions are as follows:

  1. First, spritz the hair all over with a sea-salt spray (Orlando Pita used Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray)
  2. Next, scrunch the hair into bunches while drying to add waves and texture
  3. Pull a thick section of hair out at the front, sweeping it into a deep side part
  4. Finally, take back two sections of hair and tie into a knot – then again into a double knot

For a take on the style that is suited to autumn / fall or winter,
play down the beachy-ness by making the hair smoother and a little less
textured. Try replacing the sea-spray with a volumizer and keeping the
hair in place with a little hairspray.

If you’d like a more detailed ‘how to do the double hair knot‘ guide please follow the link.

double knot blonde

A front view of the hair style as featured on Michael Kors’ S/S ’11 catwalk via

the braided topknot: on the catwalk

The topknot in general has had quite a runway presence in the past
few seasons; from sleek, high versions to messier birds-nest takes.
Then, in their spring 2011 showing, Australian label Sass & Bide
added two braided cornrows to theirs, complimenting their tribal-inspired collection. Other runway examples for spring 2011 included Eva Minge, whose models sported braids at the front of the head, working backwards into a neater top bun.

For our instructions we’ve opted to focus on a style similar to Sass
& Bide’s only simplified with a single braid, thus making it easier
for you to style yourself, and with an added emphasis on a texture plait.

the braided topknot: how to

As we’ve found with other 2011 hairstyles, such as the double hair knot,
a simplified ‘how to’ doesn’t always give you, our dear fashioniser,
the result you desire. So when it came to putting together a how to guide for the braided top knot we enlisted the help of an expert on all things hair, Melbourne stylist Annika, and paired her with Scene Models’ Taylah Verney.

annika bowen

The ‘how to’ steps for a plaited / braided top knot are as follows:

messy top knot

Ensure that you have textured hair and, more obviously, that it’s long enough to braid.

The top knot, and the braided / plaited form of it, is all about
texture in 2011 – something that’s in stark contrast to the soft
refinement the top knot has been more likely to be worn with.

To style the braided top knot on Taylah we began by working a
spray-in mousse through her hair and working it through to allow her
natural waves to dominate.

Note: If your hair is dead straight or very fine,
don’t be afraid to use ample amounts of mousse; work it through the hair
and then blast it with a blow-dryer while scrunching the hair in your
hands to create texture. If the hair is still too straight for your
liking, use a hair straightener or styler (for example, ghd’s salon
styler) to create some messy waves throughout the hair. Glide the styler
along from the roots to the ends while rotating it about 180 degrees to
create waves.

top knot braid

Tilt your head forwards.

As of step three you’re going to begin braiding, and you’re going to
find it easier to achieve if your head is upside down – your arms won’t
get as tired from the process, and you’ll find it easier to hold your

side braid knot

Starting at the nape of your neck start braiding, with the braid travelling in the direction of the top of your head.

Notice that the braid here is raised. A regular (or
‘French’) braid sits flat to the head, but the raised (called an
‘inverted French braid’ or a ‘Dutch braid’) is much more effective for
the braided topknot style. To create a Dutch braid each added strand of
hair needs to be woven under instead of over the other strands.

top knot fringe

Continue braiding until you get to your forehead’s hair line.

back of plait top knot

You should now have a braid that runs up the back of your head with
an end that sits atop your head. If you need to you can tie the end with
a hair elastic. Once you’re more experienced you’ll be able to hold it
with your hands.

plait top knot

Add in extra texture and more of a casual feeling, as desired, by gently pulling at the plait section of the braids.

messy top knot

Grab the end of the braid that sits atop your head and twist it into a small bun / knot.
Mould it into a shape as neat or messy as you like, remembering that
this style works well with plenty of texture and doesn’t need to be too

top knot pin

Secure the bun / top knot in place with bobby pins selectively placed at its base.

top knot picture

Finally, finish with some hairspray to hold the style in place.

2011 top knot

And that’s it: you now have a textured, single-braided topknot.

For further instructions on creating a double-braided topknot, see below.

another way: the double braid

braided top knot

You’ll note that in the above how-to instructions we’ve looked at a single braid with a top knot,  in comparison, however, Sass & Bide‘s catwalk featured two braids.

Though more challenging then a single braid, we do also have instructions on how to achieve the top knot with two braids which you can read by following the link.

Hair trend: half up braided hair

written by Tania Braukämper


The plait was back with a vengeance in
2010, so much so that if formed the basis for the year’s ‘it’ hairstyle:
the side braid. Hair trends can last only so long, however, and so it
is that the side braid is now a nice option as opposed to being a trend
in its own right. Yet we at are still fascinated with
the braid and with the beauty its structure holds. So with summer 2011
happening in some parts of the world and autumn / fall 2011′s fashions
on the horizons we thought we’d take the opportunity to look at the
other plaited and braided hairstyles which are fresh, effortless, and
simple to create.

Here’s one of those styles that comes straight from an autumn /
winter 2011 / 2012 catwalk. One whose ‘how to’ guide you can experiment
with and add to your repertoire of 2011 hairstyles. Seen on the runway at Nanette Lepore’s showing, this half up style with two braids works for either long hair, or a longish bob.

Read on to find out more about the hairstyle and to be taken through a how to. And don’t forget that to subscribe to’s newsletter or RSS feed if you’d like to keep up to date with all of the latest hair and fashion trends and inspiration on how to wear them.


  • How to style it
  • What to wear it with

half up braided hair



Hair products you’ll need

To style the half up and braided hairstyle you’ll need to have on
hand some styling product (preferably a mousse and a hairspray), a hair
straightener or curling wand, a comb, and a handful of bobby pins.

How to style half up braided hair

One of the keys to styling the half up braided hairstyle
is to create both volume and texture. You know your hair best, so we
won’t wax go into great detail on this step, suffice to say that: 

  • if you have fine hair you should apply a styling mousse while your hair is damp. While drying it pull the roots forwards
  • if you have thick hair and / or aren’t in need of don’t need of extra volume then spray your hair with hairspray to give it hold
Next get out your heat styler of choice (a ghd ceramic straightener
works well, or a curling wand) and create some gentle waves all around
the head. These only need to be very loose waves. If your hair is
naturally curly rather than starting with straight hair just dry it to
be 3/4 straight, leaving in some of your natural texture and curl.
You should now have a head of lightly tousled, textured waves. Make the
texture more akin to bed hair by teasing or back-combing the hair at the
crown with a comb, but only a small amount – you can see from both the
photos that this is a braided hairstyle that is more about texture then
it is about volume
You’ll need the bottom half of your hair flowing free and the top half
parted into two sections. Begin by separating the top two sections with a
deep side part – the side of your hair that you choose to part is up to
you and will most likely work best if you select to part your hair as
it naturally falls. Next, take the larger of the two top sections and
create a French braid along the head at a diagonal angle (e.g. from the
part-line on the right side of the head back towards the left ear).
Don’t keep the braid too close to the head – remember it’s meant to be a
little textured and messy.
The braid should only reach about half way down the head, with the rest
of the hair hanging loose. After you’ve braided your hair half way down,
secure the end of the braid with several bobby pins, crossing them over
to ensure they stay in place. Repeat with another French braid on the
other side of the head, using up the smaller top section of hair.
You should now have a half up hairstyle with two braids along the top
section. If it’s looking too neat, tousle up the braids with the fingers
to loosen the whole look up and give it that effortlessly free-spirited
feel. When you’re happy with the style give the whole head a light
spray with some hairspray to keep it in place.

two braids half up hairstyle

A front view of a half up, two braids hairstyle on the catwalk.

What to wear with the half up braided hairstyle

It goes without saying that you could wear this double braid hairstyle
with a wide variety of clothing styles and looks ranging from the very
classic (a la Lepore) to the modern. It can lean to sporty, tomboy cool
if worn with pared back makeup. Exaggerate the hairstyle’s texture for a
look that’s straight off the beaches of summer, or cosy it up with
autumnal furs and knits for autumn / winter.

But where the half up braided hairstyle really comes into its element is when you drape it in the gauzy layers of spring’s 70s flower-child chic fashions, and rock it with careless abandon.

Waved bob hairstyle

As the longer bob creeps its way into our 2011 hair trends
guide, the question starts to arise: if you go down the path of a
shoulder-length bob, how do you keep it interesting and varied? Most of
the examples we’ve seen have leaned to straight, or with a modern take
on the 70s-glam blow wave. But here’s another trend that’s arising as a
result of 2011′s shoulder-scraping cut: the waved bob.

caitlin stasey afi



With the bob in 2011 being generally longer and softer, it’s much
easier to pull off a waved style with it. While 40s-inspired pin curls
are one option, here’s one that’s more suited to everyday. A casual,
textured, beachy wave.

How to create the waved bob

We caught up with ghd at the 2011 AFI Awards as they created a beachy wave on actress Caitlin Stasey. Here are the steps from Heading Out Hair’s Caterina DiBiase, working exclusively with ghd, for how you can recreate the style.

  1. Work in ghd Maximise Mousse all through the hair, then dry in.
  2. Section off the hair then use your ghd Salon Styler to create some
    loose, semi-curls (they need to have bend, but not be fully curly).
    Start curling a few inches down from the roots.
  3. Spray the hair with ghd Sea Spray to create a relaxed, beachy texture.
  4. Finally, blast the hair with a hair dryer to break it up.

Caitlin Stasey hair

The key to the look in 2011 is not to overdo the curls – the more relaxed and understated, the better.

The return of the fringe / bangs

Trends can sweep in as if on an unstoppable avalanche, changing the
landscape entirely (until they run their cycle); such is what the fringe
(bangs) did back in 2007. But it doesn’t have to end there. Some can
drift on, lingering, having smaller bursts of renewed vigor. This year
the fringe makes one such return as a 2011 hair trend.

Julia Stegner long hair and bangs
Julia Stegner in Vogue Turkey, October 2010

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How has it changed?

So the number one question you may be asking is, if the fringe never
really went away, how has it changed in 2011? The answer is, it hasn’t
really. It’s still best worn thick, blunt, and long (sweeping the top of
the eyes preferably). And it’s still best worn in one of the following

  • with a messy, neo-bohemian, grungy edge
  • with an aura of ’60s sex-kitten nonchalance (think Francoise Hardy or Jane Birkin)
  • straight and sleek; elegant but still natural

Hair cuts to wear it with

The bob

When we talk about fringed bobs its easy to think of 1920s style cuts
like the Louise Brooks. But not so in 2011; now the fringe is the
perfect accompaniment to a longer bob
(think Abbey Lee Kershaw, below). Again this can work perfectly for a
sixties-inspired look, or for a grungy messy ‘do that’s devil-may-care.

Abbey Lee Kershaw bangs
Abbey Lee Kershaw with bangs. Image:

The short crop

A pixie crop
is also perfect with a fringe in 2011, but a slightly different type of
fringe. Rather than being cut separate to the rest of the hair, it
should all be a continuous; the crop simply cut longer in front to
create the effect of bangs.

Carey Mulligan crop with bangs
Carey Mulligan with cropped hair and bangs

Long hair

This rather goes without saying: bangs are perfect for hair shoulder
length or longer, particularly when hair is naturally straight or with a
slight wave.

Julia Stegner long hair and bangs
Julia Stegner in Vogue Turkey, October 2010


Bob with bangs / fringe hairstyle

Like all fashion trends, hair trends generally come, go, and
eventually come back. Infrequently, though, there is the odd hairstyle
that appears to have had its time, only to soon reappear, though
thoroughly evolved.

The bob and fringe (bangs) is one such hairstyle.

Surging to popularity in 2008 before fading out at the tail end of
2009, I didn’t think that less than a year later a come back may be on
the cards. And yet here it is, spurred on largely by model Abbey Lee
Kershaw, as a part of 2011′s hair trends.

Bob hairstyle in 2010
Bob hairstyle on Abbey Lee Kershaw

Read on to find out more about the comeback of the bob with fringe
hairstyle and how it differs from the style worn by so many through 2008
and 2009. And don’t forget: if you’d like to keep up to date with all
the latest hair trends, along with 2011 fashion trends, be sure to subscribe to’s newsletter or our RSS feed.



Bob with bangs / fringe: difference in ’11?

When it was last a hairstyle trend the bob with bangs / bob with fringe was all about razor sharpness – after all, it’s origins were lay in the popularity of Victoria Beckham’s razor sharp ‘pob‘ hairstyle. Thus in 2008 the bob that was favoured had an edgy appeal and was often bluntly cut to chin length. By 2009 the bob had softened a little: fringes were growing out and messy layers were taking over from blunt lines.

In 2011, the bob with bangs / fringe hairstyle continues its
evolution. Like so many of the year’s clothing trends, the bob with
bangs / fringe is going retro. The trend towards sophisticated 1970s
dressing sees the bob evolve into something slightly longer and become a
hairstyle that is neatly blow-waved under with a straight (but not too
harsh) edge.

Abbey Lee Kershaw bob hair

Abbey Lee Kershaw with a bob and bangs / fringe in Vogue Nippon

The same long bob can, in 2011, also be styled with a
1960s twist: back-combed for volume with the ends flicked out, or with a
softer folk influence and unfussy styling (think Jane Birkin and
Francoise Hardy).

francoise hardy bob

Sixties long bob with long fringe: Francoise Hardy

About the fringe / bangs

By no means is the fringe mandatory to create a retro-inspired bob;
you’ll note that Keira Knightley is sans fringe in the inspiration link
below. A fringe with a bob is, regardless, a part of the bob hairstyle trend in 2011.

The thickness and cut of the fringe hasn’t changed all that much over
the past few years; with fashion favouring thick fringes with blunt-cut
lines. Wispy or layered fringes are still to be avoided. What you can play with is the length, with a shorter fringe (like the one seen on Abbey Lee Kershaw, below) another option.

abbey lee kershaw fringe bangs

Abbey Lee Kershaw with short bangs / fringe

Finally, one more way to mix up the fringe in 2011 – round down the
corners to add a mod face-framing effect. This can be very subtle, or
more dramatic depending on your preference.

Pixie crop haircut

So many of the year’s trends are about a revival of fashion from the 70s, and it’s no different for 2011 hairstyles.
Of course, the pixie crop isn’t a new hairstyle for the year: has been writing about its popularity and evolution
since 2007. And in 2011 the pixie crop will do just that, evolve. Or at
least, revert. Spurred on by celebrities and trend influencers, such as
Emma Waston, the pixie crop returns in 2011 to be a short crop – putting
it in contrast to the longer interpretation of the hairstyle that was
popular in 2010.

Read on for more on the pixie crop, including:

  • Pixie crop in 2011
  • Styling the pixie crop
  • Pixie crop with long fringe

emma watson pixie crop

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Cropped hair inspiration
Cropped hair inspiration
Cropped hair inspiration


Pixie crop haircut in 2011

The picture of Emma Watson’s pixie crop above visually summarises
much about this trend for 2011. It’s about short sides and an
ever-so-slightly longer top and fringe, with the top and the sides
blending perfectly. In essence, that makes the current pixie crop a
comeback of the 1960s version of the haircut, then popularised by the
likes of Mia Farrow.

mia farrow short hair

As it always has been, the pixie crop remains a haircut for those
with straight hair, though it is a cut that is open to those with either
thin or thick hair.

Evolving towards 2012

pixe crop 1970sAs for how the hairstyle will evolve across the year and, potentially, into 2012, 2011′s fashion trends
are largely influenced by a 1970s fashion revival. With that in mind is
not unreasonable to assume that the pixie crop will evolve across the
year to adopt more trademarks of the cut from that era. Thus you’d
expect to see more of an even cut all over, with longer sides than what
we’ve seen to date.

If the 70s revival stays strong then there’d be one further evolution: the pixie crop would eventually make way for a pageboy, just as it did the first time around.

Both of these 1970s evolutions of the pixie crop haircut are pictured
to the right, in an original hair style guide from the era.

Styling the pixie crop

Largely influenced by the 1960s, you’ll find celebrity and street
style inspiration for the haircut below. Perusing through the links
you’ll see that, particularly in the case of Emma Watson, that while the
pixie crop is now cut the same way as it was in 1960s, it needn’t be
styled that way.


Picking a hair colour for 2011

I’ve alluded to this before, but now let me put pen to paper, or at
least fingers to keyboard, and come out and say it. Every year works hard to provide you with inspiration for the
year’s trends, hence we’re currently putting together the take on 2011′s hairstyles and 2011′s fashion trends. But hairstyles are only a part of the equation; another part is made up by the year’s haircuts and another its hair colors. And what will they be, might you ask?

pick choose 2011 hair color



Before we discuss the year’s hair colors it’s first important to discuss a the year’s rule.

The rule for 2011

2011 is not just a new year, it’s a new decade, and new decades bring
more than just slight change, they bring about an entirely new
generation of thought. It’s a case of out with the old and in with the
new, and such a mindset is applied to everything from society’s outlook
to the aesthetic styles it embraces.

This new decade will be no different. The most dominant
clothing trend of the last decade, military fashion, is finally being
pushed to the back of the wardrobe. And hair colors are undergoing a
major change too.

You may read that and be under the impression that 2011, and the rest
of the new decade, is a period of wild hair colors. That’s not what
we’re saying at all. Clothing trends may become more liberal, but it’s
not the same for hair. In fact, the change leads to just one rule. It’s
the rule for picking your hair color in 2011 and for many of the years
to come. And that rule is thus:

Just change it.

Yes, it’s almost cliche to write it, and somewhere a Nike lawyer is
checking to see if we’ve just infringed their trademark. I confess
though, cliches are easy to remember and when you’re picking your new
hair color for the year I want you to remember that one rule. Again,
just change it. Pick a color that suits you, one that gives you
confidence, make it a shade that’s on trend, and go make that hair color
your own.

The inspiration

Where has the inspiration for the “just change it” rule come from I
hear you ask. While the start of a new decade inspires change, there are
also those people driving the idea of simply changing your hair color
as a trend in itself.

Let us explore.

Abbey Lee Kershaw

abbey lee kershaw hair

Abbey Lee Kershaw was the first top tier model to change her hair.
One day she was sporting a mousy-brown hair color, the next day we were hearing stories
of her 8 hour conversion into a near-platinum blonde. Abbey Lee had
“just changed it” – well, just is an overstatement. It would have been a
carefully considered change. One made to redefine her. To set her
apart. Give her a point of difference. It’s, thus, a hair change you
should take inspiration from.

abbey lee kershaw hair color by Ed Kavishe, Fashion Wire Press

Natasha Poly

natasha poly hair color

Abbey Lee’s change neatly segues into a change of hair color
undertaken by another top model. Natasha Poly had a hair colour that
complimented her Russian looks and infinite legs. She is the perfect
blonde, or at least she was. Then someone at her agency decided she
needed a new look for the new year. A different look that set her apart
from a sea of other leggy blondes and made her feel fresh again.

So it was that our top model of 2009 cast off the dark-rooted blonde
hair that she’d become known for and became a richly colored brunette in

natasha poly brown hair

Eniko Mihalik

eniko mihalik hair

Eniko Mihalik has a very rare quality – one moment she can offer up a
cute-as-a-button smile, only to follow it up with a look of such sexual
confidence that men have been rumoured to fall to their feet. And yet
prior to 2011 she’d been a brunette; all well and good for cute-Eniko,
but a plain brunette hair color has never quite driven home the
sexuality confidence she can ooze and brings in so much of her work as a

What to do with her hair for the new year then? Compliment her bombshell attitude with bombshell red hair.

eniko mihalik hair

Lily Cole

lily cole hair

Eniko’s hair color change is the most personality suited we’ve looked
at so far, with Abbey Lee’s and Natasha’s seeming far more dramatic.
Dramatic, however, is Lily Cole. Despite so many women now coveting the
right shade of red hair, 2011 is the year to change, and change it Lily
has transforming her trademark red locks to a very deep brown with
eyebrows to match.

Bonus point of inspiration: Lily’s fringe. The fringe is back with vengeance for 2011.

lily cole dark hair


White blonde hair colour

If it has ever been out of fashion I don’t remember it, which is another way of saying that platinum blonde is a hair colour trend in 2011.
And perhaps 2011 is the perfect year for the hair colour, after all
it’s the year whose hair colour trends have something of a manifesto: just change it.
So if you are going to change your hair colour, if you’re going to opt
for a colour that shall set you apart from the crowd, consider a shock
of blonde hair that draws the gaze of those nearby, consider the
platinum blonde hair shade.

white blonde hair

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The way to wear platinum blonde now

With or without dark roots

I understand that this is somewhat ambiguous, but stay with me. If you’d asked me several months ago about the blonde hair with dark roots
colour trend I would have told you it has had it’s day. But it hasn’t,
and it’s hung around accordingly, but I do still believe that it is
coming to an end. Thus if you were to opt to change your hair colour to white blonde / platinum blonde in the near future (say, prior to the middle of 2011) I think you’d be safe to do opt for dark roots.

That said: if it’s an option, forgo the dark roots and opt for a full
head of platinum / white blonde hair instead. The overall impact of
platinum blonde hair will be diminished should you opt for dark roots
and wear it with an up do. You can get a good sense of this dimishing
affect by comparing the following picture of model Siri Tollerod with a
picture of her from J. Crew’s catalogue above.

platinum blonde up do

Without under colours

The odd inch of dark roots is one thing, but two-tone hair or an
under colour is another thing altogether. Thankfully I’m not really
seeing people attempt the look, but with the prevalence of two-tone hair
colour over the past years it’s only a matter of time.

The reasoning here is two-fold:

  1. a second hair colour will reduce the visual impact of platinum blonde
  2. platinum / white blonde in 2011 is about youthful elegance or a
    cooler-than-cool attitude; two-tone hair in 2011 lends itself more
    towards the punk revival

Platinum blonde: suitable hair cuts

The latter of the two last points reveals much about hair cuts and hairstyles that work with platinum blonde hair.

If you’re looking for an elegant interpretation of platinum blonde
then your preference should lean towards the year’s longer hair styles.
From there you can style the hair colour in umpteenth ways with a
preference towards either bombshell waves (below) or a straight hair

platinum blonde waves

If you’re after more of a rock chic look, however, I can recommend
one person you must keep your eye on for inspiration: Australian model Kate Peck.
She has the look pegged, and pairs a dramatic hair colour with an
equally dramatic hair cut to really set herself apart on the catwalk.

white blonde

While not truly platinum / white blonde, our feature on 5 ways to style peroxide blonde
should also lend some inspiration to those seeking the hair colour for
themselves. That hair styling inspiration feature specifically looks at
styling the hair colour when cut with a fringe.

Redhead: red hair color women’s hair trend

When I penned’s bible of hair trends for 2010 I promised one more addition to the list of 2010 hair colours. Why? I did so not because of looming deadlines, but because this particular colour trend deserved it very own article.

For the past decade century, you see, most of the fashion
industry has been obsessed with blondes. Be it on models or on A
listers, blondes are reputed to have more fun. Make no mistake, blonde
hair isn’t going anywhere with 2010 seeing both peroxide blonde and golden blonde as ‘on trend’. But with the end of the 2000s and the start of the next decade it’s time for the blonde bombshell to make way.

Introducing the redhead bombshell.

redhead Nataliya Piro by Nicholas Routzen

  • Red hair in 2010
  • Which red colours?
  • Who it will suit
  • Ways to style it
  • Inspiration pictures


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Red hair in 2010

The redhead isn’t just a hair colour in 2010, it’s
an attitude. If it were a formula I could mix up in’s
offices it would end up 2 parts red hair, 2 parts personality, and 2
parts sexual confidence. Think model Coco Rocha as a redhead oozing of
her playful, confident personality and you’re somewhat there. Just add
the bombshell sexual confidence, and you have it.

Red hair is perfect for the cooler months and if you’re considering a
changing your look for 2010, consider red hair as the perfect option
for Autumn 2009 / Fall 2009 or Fall 2010. As for which shades of red hair and how to style it? Read on.

Which colour red?

As it is with any hair colour, not all shades of red
hair are in in 2010. Forget the bright copper and crimson tones: red
hair in 2010 is about richly coloured and natural looking red hair.

Part of the appeal of red hair is that its a rarity. It’s said that
less than 2% of people are natural redheads, so the more natural your
red colour looks, the more it can be associated with something rare and
exclusive. Hence there’s only one real golden rule worth stating when it
comes to red hair in 2010: it can’t look fake.

Lily Cole pale skinned redhead
A natural redhead with blue eyes: Lily Cole

Different hair colours will take to red dye in varying ways, so your
best bet is always to head to a trusted salon and get advice on which
colour will work best for you. Very light hair will need a subtle
approach to avoid turning too orange; while very dark hair may need to
be lightened first in order to achieve a rich red colour. While subtle
highlights and lowlights help to achieve the natural redhead look,
obvious contrasting streaks are not recommended.

Red hair trend: who it’s suited to

Red hair is to the cooler months what blonde hair is to Spring. This
is particularly true of darker auburn tones, or lighter reds against
pale skin.

The pale redhead

Pale porcelain skin will almost always work a treat with red hair –
particularly if your eyes are green or blue. This is a great Winter

The freckled redhead

For Spring 2010
girls with freckles and bronzed skin are the perfect neo-redheads. Go
for lighter reds like natural gingers and neutral-tone coppers.

The fair browed

A perfect match to the bleached blonde eybrows
trend, both pale and bronzed skinned redheads should consider
lightening their brows. This not only adds to the natural-born redhead
effect, but also brings the look well and truly into 2010.

Julia Hafstrom red hair
Julia Hafstrom: natural red hair & blonde eyebrows

Ways to style red hair

There are of course many ways to style red tresses – as with any
other hair colour. So instead of stating the obvious, let us give you
three ideas of creative ways to style red hair – with the intent of
creating not just a hairstyle but an overall look and persona.

The Warrior

Warrior redhead
Luisa Bianchin by Frauke Fischer

Redheads through history have also often been portrayed as fiery and
fierce, yet seductive; from Queen Elizabeth I and Boudica to Cleopatra
(who some argue was a redhead) making this colour perfectly
complimentary to 2010′s warrior trend. For the fierce warrior look go for long and voluminous cascading red waves, or add some halo-like milkmaid braids.

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The pin-up

Vargas Redhead Pinup
Redheaded Vargas Pinup Girl

The red-haired bombshell goes perfectly with vintage styling and a fun and sexy attitude. Go for a sleek side-part and 1940′s style waves, or victory rolls. Take your inspiration from Vargas classic pin-up girls.

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The Maiden

Red headed beauty
Cecile Sinclair in Lula Magazine, shot by Nicole Nodland

The redheaded fair maiden is delicate, pale and mysterious. Think Pre-Raphaelite beauties with blushing cheeks and wide eyes. Repunzel braids, twists and chignons interwoven with wildflowers or ribbons are perfectly suited to this look. Try pairing it with some of the most striking 2010 fashion trends to give it a modern edge.

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Oriental opulence: a blossoming trend

If you’ve started keeping a keen eye out for oriental pieces, then your next craving may be inspiration on how to style them. For as a trend into 2012
it’s all about subtlety, not stepping out of the house looking like
you’re headed to a costume party dressed as a Geisha. Enter Elle Sweden
with a shoot that’s a pretty good start, incorporating simple flowing
silks and fluttering kimonos, styled with the right degree of subtlety,
rounded out by fresh orchids as hair accessories and a beauty look
that’s softly exotic yet very much played down.

oriental styling elle sweden

The one thing I would be careful about here (bar for the
impracticality of the chunky geta-style shoes) is over-investing in obi
belts. Though they certainly fit with an oriental-inspired look, it’s a
little too soon to go back down the obi path, unless your piece is
particularly high quality or unique. A fabric sash or contrastingly
modern belt can work just as well against a kimono in 2012.

Starring Josefine Ekman Nilsson and photographed by Joel Rhodin, you can view the whole shoot at the gallery below.

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Sophisticated 70s: women’s trend

We all want that vintage vibe in our wardrobe. That essence of an era
gone by. And we want to cherry pick the sleekest, sexiest, and most
stylish looks from it. Of late that’s given us fashion choices that have
included the best of the 20s and 30s,
seen the rebirth and fading of an 80s come back, and we’re just about
to do it all again. But this time, its the 1970s that are due for a

While ’70s fashion is making waves and sure to continue on as a 2011 and 2012 fashion trend,
let’s not forget that there are several variants. And you know what
that means; all the more ways to get lots of wear out of your key
seventies pieces, by taking them from  ’70s boho to a more sophisticated

70s sophisticated dressing

70s fashion revival: the sophisticated look

There’s an underlying confidence to this trend that’s key. Even the
more demure looks need to be carried off with an air of sexuality and a
sort of defiant independence. There’s a boldness. It’s in the addition
of that floppy felt hat, those exotic jewels, that super-high pair of
platforms. At night time the hint can snowball into a statement: think Bianca Jagger
at Studio 54 in a slinky gown, ivory cigarette holder in hand, and
you’ve got the picture.  Read on for tips for both day and night time

Bianca Jagger
70s fashion icon Bianca Jagger

’70s sophisticated fashion by day

By day it’s all about clean yet voluminous silhouettes, and earthy ’70s colour palettes. Look for:

  • High waisted wide-leg pants or flares, smartly belted in.
  • Neat bow-blouses, especially ones with billowing or bishop sleeves. Particularly great are fabrics like silk and satin.
  • Roll neck sweaters tucked into pants or skirts. Add to the ’70s effect by layering over beaded necklaces or a vest.
  • For those more daring, a pair of hot pants are the ultimate ’70s item.
  • A smart printed jumpsuit is another great alternative.

70s daytime glamour
Daytime ’70s styling at Chloe A/W 2010

’70s sophisticated fashion by night

By night the ’70s sophisticate turns into the ultimate socialite,
with look-at-me shimmering fabrics and cuts that either tightly hug or
sensually drape over the body.

  • Choose high sheen fabrics with a ’70s disco-inspired edge, like lurex or silk; anything with a metallic thread.
  • Add a ruffled neckline under a brocade blazer or tuxedo jacket, paired with a sharp pair of pants.
  • Long, slinky gowns with draping, low necklines or dress slits are the ultimate in ’70s night time glamour.

70s nighttime glamour
’70s evening glamour at Ferragamo A/W 2010

Accessorising the 70s fashion revival

Accessories are key when it comes to creating a ’70s look. Some things to keep in mind:

  • The right handbag completes a look. Try for smart, high quality bags
    like a leather satchel for day, and a small bag with a long strap for
  • Big, statement leather belts slung over mini skirts or maxi dresses add impact and fair to a seventies-inspired outfit.
  • A pair of on-trend thigh high boots
    are probably already be in your wardrobe by now – pair them with hot
    pants or a skirt for a decidedly sexed-up yet sophisticated ’70s look.
  • Wear lots of jewellery – but keep it a little cleaner than for a boho look. Try lots of rings with bold stones, neat piles of bangles, and long pendant necklaces and strings of beads.
  • Look to complimentary hairstyles like a sleek longer bob, masses of bouncy curls, or long, flowing hair.

Freja Beha Erichsen 70s shoot
Freja Beha Erichsen in Vogue Nippon, August 2010

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