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It’s not hard to make the mental leap from hot rollers to Golden Girl Sophia Petrillo running around in a purple bathrobe.
Heed her age-acquired wisdom: They’re better for your hair, simpler to use than a curling iron, and yield just-as-great-if-not-better results when used correctly.
For proof, watch our tutorial with Julie Dickson, founder and head stylist of Fox & Boy salon in New York City. Dickson’s easy steps require only two things: rollers (here are the ones we like best) and hair spray.
You’ll be so amazed by the volume (easily adjustable with a brush) you may want to call Dickson.
And thank her for being a friend.
Want more of Dickson’s tricks? Learn to cut your own bangs, give yourself a salon-quality blowout, or do a messy side bun. For more information on Fox & Boy, go to foxandboy.com.
We’d be lying if we said unlimited coconut water and granola bars weren’t huge incentives for going backstage during New York Fashion Week.
But it’s also pretty freaking cool to be surrounded by beauty’s greatest talents as they do their thing.
In today’s videos, we venture into the chaos and ask the experts to give us the inside track on the looks at some of our favorite shows. We get a floral nail-art tutorial at Rachel Antonoff (above) and explanations/inspirations for the asymmetrical chignons at Suno, avant-garde braids at Creatures of the Wind, and loose ponytails at Tracy Reese.
As always, some are more wearable than others.
But at least they won’t take up any room in your purse.
Want to keep watching? Check out our backstage beauty videos for the spring/summer 2012 shows at Timo Weiland, Erin Fetherston, and Rebecca Minkoff. And by all means, read up on current Fashion Week shows on our Tumblr.
If you can whip up a covetable do using butterfly clips, matted braids, and glitter, then you must be a miracle worker. Or you’re Kérastase stylist Odile Gilbert, who did exactly that at Creatures of the Wind last Thursday. In this video, Gilbert (the master behind the hair for Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette) explains her look.
Want more? Check out our backstage videos at Rachel Antonoff, Tracy Reese, and Suno.
We love seeing ponytails on the catwalk (it gives our go-to look sartorial credibility). In this case, Tresemmé stylist Jeanie Syfu kicks the simple style up a few notches by leaving front sections out and pinning them over the rubber band. Watch this video to learn how she does it.
Want more? Check out our backstage videos at Rachel Antonoff, Suno, and Creatures of the Wind.
You know when you pull your hair back to wash your face and somehow it looks so good you wish you were going out? Okay, so maybe that’s happened only once. But it’s the same accidental elegance Kérastase’s Odile Gilbert channeled for Suno last Friday night. In this video, she discusses the hairstyle and her inspiration.
Want to keep watching? Check out our backstage videos at Rachel Antonoff, Tracy Reese, and Creatures of the Wind.
There’s just no question: Elizabeth Taylor was the most glamorous person to ever grace the face of the Earth — period. That’s why, when DC correspondent SuChin Pak was at Christie’s this past Monday for a Women at NBCU event, we had no choice but to ask for a private tour of the treasures currently up for auction. We’ll take one of everything, please. For more information about the auction, go to christies.com.
Everyone loves a surprise from out of the blue.
For more than 170 years, Tiffany & Co. has lit up the season with glittering gifts for friends and family. When loved ones gather and anticipation hangs in the air, there’s nothing like a blue box benefaction to bring extra sparkle to the night — and joy to the year to come.
This holiday season, here’s hoping your good tidings arrive in the shape of a little blue box.
Learn more and shop online at tiffany.com.
Of the many perks of being a celebrity, a closet that’s bigger than most of our bedrooms is pretty high up there. So when Mindy Kaling offered to show us hers, we twirled at the chance.
In this video, the talented Kaling pulls out a few of her favorite pieces — from glittery Miu Mius to the hoodie she likes to write in — and tells us a little bit about each.
Mindy Kaling’s book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, is available online at amazon.com, $16.
Music: Danielle Duval
At this point, New York Fashion Week’s a blur of bright colors, front-row CW stars, and FiberOne bars (they’re being given out by the dozens).
Since it’ll be months until the styles show up in stores, we decided to focus on something we can have right now: the beauty trends originating backstage.
For today’s videos, we went behind the scenes to get tips and inspiration for a few of our favorite looks: ’60s era hair (above) and nails at Erin Fetherston, suntan-inspired makeup at Timo Weiland, and the return of big hair at Rebecca Minkoff.
While there, we had a little fun and asked Lincoln Center bystanders to show us their best Blue Steel. (We questioned the models, too, but they were too young to know Zoolander.)
After all, there’s more to life than being really, really, ridiculously good looking.
Want to know what to wear now? Check out some of our favorite fall trends: polka dots, animal silhouettes, and winter white.
In this age of color-blocked suits and oversize neon dresses, it’s nice to see a detail that stands out by being subtle. Which is exactly why we loved the pale pink nail polish custom made by Butter London creative director Nonie Creme for designer Erin Fetherston’s s/s 2012 show.
To make this shade yourself, mix half a bottle of Tea with the Queen with half a bottle of Pink Ribbon.
Our favorite thing about Grace Coddington (besides everything)? Her hair, obviously. The models at Rebecca Minkoff’s s/s 2012 show Monday rocked a similar look, created by Tresemmé stylist Jeanie Syfu. Though the look isn’t easy to re-create, it left us wondering if perms might make a comeback.
The products used for this look are 24 Hour Body root-boosting spray and 24 Hour Body finishing spray.
We don’t encourage anyone to get a sunburn (in fact, we are SPF junkies). But if anyone could make a case for faking one, it’d be makeup artist James Boehmer. After he was done with them, the models at Timo Weiland’s s/s 2012 show looked like they had just hopped off surfboards.
To get this look at home, use Nars loose powder in Beach and blush in Zen.
If moisture is the essence of wetness, and wetness is the essence of beauty, then it only makes sense we’d ask people to do their best Blue Steel faces outside Lincoln Center over the weekend. This one’s for you, Derek.
Ah, fall: the return of hot coffee, big knits, and college football — not to mention the disappearance of upper lip sweat.
Before we conduct our annual cold weather wardrobe switch, we consulted nine of our favorite NYC-based designers/store owners (including Rachel Antonoff, Whitney Pozgay of Whit, and Alan Eckstein of Timo Weiland) to find out which trends they’re most excited about this season. From Chelsea boots to metallic fabrics, the expert picks sparked our desire to shop.
While you’re in the zone, check out a few of our own must-wears: winter whites, polka dots, lace, and animal silhouette prints.
We predict you’ll fall hard.
Want even more? Follow us on Tumblr for New York Fashion Week coverage. We’ll be sharing our favorite looks, runway playlists, and best quotes overheard in the tents.
In the immortal words of Dolly Parton, “I’m not offended by blonde jokes, because I know I’m not dumb. I also know I’m not blond.”
It’s with that mentality we felt okay asking our brunette senior editor, Karen Palmer, to go lighter — strawberry blond to be exact — for today’s video. (She’s wanted to take the plunge for a while.)
The purpose: Find out what’s really involved in making the drastic color change, from the stylist consultation to how long the process takes.
Brilliant colorist Victoria Hunter of Whittemore House salon in New York guided us through the process. Yes, it took four hours, but the results were well worth it.
If you don’t agree, just apply Wite-Out to your screen.
For more information on Whittemore House, go to whittemorehousesalon.com.
Forget blue blood, obscure nobility titles, and monikers like Muffy. The mark of a real lady is knowing how to wear a silk head scarf.
So for today’s video, the cuties at Ban.do in Los Angeles show our deputy editor, Crystal Meers, the best ways to do it: the Jackie O., urban turban, and topknot bow.
All are easy and quick (about 30 seconds each) and great for when you’re not in the mood to wash your hair.
Even after a particularly grueling tennis match against hubby No. 4.
The heart-adorned scarf we use is available online at shopbando.com, $95. Still not sure what do with your hair? Check out our videos on how to do a messy side bun, an around-the-head braid, or just-off-the-beach waves.
We’re fighting the urge to say “meow” right now. The cat eye, as demonstrated by makeup artist Annamarie Tendler, just looks that good. In this video, she reveals her method, including her preferred liner and brush.
For more beauty tips or information on Tendler, go to her Tumblr or amtendler.com.
Hey, have you heard? Prince Will and Kate Middleton are getting married! It’s crazy how no one is talking about it.
Clearly, we jest. We’re as obsessed with the royals as the next palatial interloper. In today’s video, we team up with NYC-based milliner and all-around cool lady Eugenia Kim to craft a beautiful headpiece (perfect for 5 a.m. viewing parties).
You can buy all the supplies at any craft store for about $20. Feel free to use your favorite colors, fake flowers, and feathers — or even sub a headband for the clip.
We also asked Kim for her take on a Kentucky Derby hat. All you need is your favorite silk scarf, scissors, and a wide-brim straw hat. Don’t have the latter? We just bought one on the street in Soho for $15.
Too scared to DIY? Check out our Roundup of 62 headpieces that make us swoon. For more information on Kim (or to buy one of her gorgeous hats), go to eugeniakim.com.
You need just four things for a successful Kentucky Derby party: a TV, paper to write down all the bets, mint juleps, and a big hat. In this video, NYC-based milliner Eugenia Kim helps out with the proper topper.
Find DIY intimidating? Check out our Roundup of 62 headpieces that make us swoon. For more information on Kim (or to buy one of her gorgeous hats), go to eugeniakim.com.
High school prom: CK One. Trip to Italy: au naturel. Major lapse in judgment: Axe.
Since a smell can bring back memories more vividly than pictures, why leave it to chance? In today’s video, Steven Gontarski of Los Angeles-based perfume store Lucky Scent, has tips for finding your perfect fragrance — from where and how to spray it to how to decide what’s you.
If you’re like us, you’ll want to start spritzing away. Nose around Lucky Scent’s site — which carries tons of hard-to-find brands — and choose a few to try (samples are just $3-$5).
It’s about more than just common scents.
To shop and order samples, go to luckyscent.com. Since Gontarski talks about perfumes so eloquently, we asked him to tell us about his favorite seven fragrances (we’re now hooked on the Peau de Peche and At the Beach 1966).
When we told our assistant editor Emily she’d be modeling in a video showcasing hair feathers, she was reluctant. “I don’t want to look like David Cassidy circa 1973,” she said.
We’re not talking about hair feathering: These are extensions made of rooster plumes, a bohemian-inspired trend that’s taking flight this season.
Accessories designer Wendy Nichol offers the service at her Soho shop using ethically sourced feathers from a small farm. In ten minutes, she’ll help you decide where they should go and attach them using a silicone-lined clamp that won’t rip your hair. Once in, they last up to six weeks — and you can wash, dry, and curl them as you please.
The extensions come in an array of colors, from bright blue to natural-looking brown. Nichol warns, however, that people who opt for subtler hues often come back requesting bolder ones.
It’s a surefire way to, c’mon, get happy.
Available at Wendy Nichol, 147 Sullivan Street, between Houston and Prince Streets (212-431-4171 or wendynicholnyc.com), $45. An appointment is recommended.