Fashion Week Beauty Rundown

New York Fashion Week and has come and gone, and what remains (aside from the clothes) are the hot new beauty trends! Even if you don’t have enough room on your credit card to invest in the latest pieces, you can easily recreate some of the hottest runway looks at home… by doing your hair. Hair trends are an equal-opportunity beauty moment; no matter how short or long yours is, or what the texture, you can adapt these looks to fit you. Here are our top picks, and some expert advice on getting them right:
A sleek, futuristic updo from TIGI–
To go with the marine-inspired clothes at Ann Yee, Catwalk by TIGI Global Creative Director Nick Irwin pulled the models’ hair into these sleek buns. A new twist on on an old standard, this glossy updo is perfect for a dirty-hair day or to compliment a louder outfit selection, and more doable than you think. Nick says:
1. Section hair on top of the head into a v-shape from the hairline to the crown. Use Catwalk by TIGI Sleek Mystique Look Lock Hairspray to keep division clean and enhance shine at the roots.
2. Secure both the top and bottom sections into two separate ponytails using elastic ties.
3. Marry the two ponytails by twisting them together. Add shine spray if desired.
4. Bring the ponytail up to the v-shaped point at the back of the head, twist into a knot and secure with an elastic or tie, spray with more hairspray, and smooth the look with more shine spray if needed.
A dramatic top knot for date night–
Before you click away, imagine how cute this will look with the right outfit. This floppy yet contained look is romantic and dramatic; a change from your standard topknot and certainly a head-turner. To recreate it at home, follow these simple steps from Edward Tricomi, founder and co-owner of Warren-Tricomi salons, from the Joanna Mastroianni show last week.

1. For this up-do, Edward brushed through the hair pulling it back into a high ponytail and securing with a bungee elastic.

2. He then gently twisted the ponytail until it began to coil. Loosely pinning the hair into place as he went.

3. Edward began then style as a bun wrapping the hair around the base of the ponytail and then moved off center to create a more interesting, abstract look.

4. The hair was pinned into place and finished off with a layer of hairspray.

[Expert Tip: Don’t have the length to create this style? Fake it! Models with shorter hair or less thickness wore hair pieces to add fullness.]

 Glamorous waves for everyday or a special day–

It wasn’t just the catwalks showing off the latest in chic hair styles; the front row was also full of killer ideas. Rose Byrne wore her hair in these pretty, tousled waves for Lucky Magazine’s Fashion Week party at Chelsea Piers. Whether you have the bangs or not, you can make it happen at home by following these easy steps from John Frieda International Consultant Harry Josh:

1. Apply mousse like John Frieda Frizz-Ease Curl Reviver through towel-dried hair and brush to distribute evenly.

2. Blow dry hair completely. Once dry, in small sections wrap hair vertically around a 1-inch curling iron, curling away from the face from root to ends. Break up the curls by running your fingers through them for a softer look.

3. Set with a glossy, shine-boosting spray. They suggest Frizz-Ease Moisture Barrier firm-hold hair spray.

No matter what looks you see on TV or in magazines, you can create them at home with a little patience and plenty of supplies. Whatever your length or texture, every girl needs the following basics in her hair arsenal:

Bobby pins— You can pull back a few wisps or create a cool braided style; all you need are a few of these tried-and-true pins. H&M sells many colors in a cheap 12-pack. Goody’s are super strong and last forever. Make them a little special with a DIY project that you and your daughter can enjoy–glue little bows onto hers and a fun vintage brooch (sans back) onto yours. Instant glam!

Strong hold hair spray— My favorite is Neil George’s; my hair always holds its style with this one. If you can’t foot the $22 price tag, try L’oreal’s Elnett, available at most drugstores. Many beauty insiders and fashion industry execs say that their strongest memory of the 80’s was the scent of Elnett. It’s no wonder why!

Deep conditioner— Between color, blow outs, end-of-summer swims and more, our hair gets tired. If you have colored or chemically treated hair, a deep conditioner is especially important. If not, you should still use one every couple of weeks. After shampooing and conditioning hair, work in deep conditioner from roots to ends. Wrap hair in a shower cap, keep it in there for at least 30 minutes and then rinse out. You will have glossier, healthier locks after a few applications!

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About Jenny

Jenny Studenroth is a cosmetics junkie and bridal blogger from New York City. After graduating from Middlebury College in 2007 with a creative writing degree, she went on to the beauty departments at Elle and the Wall Street Journal magazines, before becoming a freelance writer. Her wedding blog is Jenny and her husband Josh split their time between Brooklyn and Washington, DC along with their cat Dolce and pup Harry. The family is expecting their first human baby in the fall.


  1. I’m glad the bun lives on–now I just have to master making one!

    • The trick is confidence. Even if yours is a little messy, you can still rock it! Another tip to making any bun chic–add thick ribbon at the base, tying in a simple knot at the back of the bun and allowing the ends to dangle. This instantly glams-up any bun while hiding scraggly ends 🙂

      Have fun!