Best Tressed

Hairstyles from the Bridal Runway

This new season of bridal collections showcased much more than wedding dresses.

Designers made fresh, new, exciting hairstyles the mane attraction. See our top three favorites to get inspiration for your wedding day 'do.

At Carolina Herrera

Hairstylist Yann Varin's timeless, minimal look was inspired by a lip pout. He created the signature look for Herrera's collection in homage to a romantic, modern bride Herrera sees as the "dream."

While Varin believes it's ultimately up to the bride to choose how to wear her hair on her wedding day, and while there are many factors that need consideration (what type of hair she has, the shape of her face, the dress, the environment and mood of the wedding), this could be the ideal style for a bride looking for something polished and special.

Varin used L'Oreal Professionnel Infinium 4 Finishing Spray, in his opinion the best hair spray in the world, to create and mold the shape, along with L'Oreal Professional's Perfect Shimmer to add sheen (not shine), creating a more natural look that wears extremely well.

Hand-made jeweled hair ornaments added to the season's signature "roll." Varin believes that adding an accessory or a flower to the hair can bring a little je ne sais quoi to the look.

Varin also gave us some great advice, "Brides need to own their look. Try, try, try!  There are hundreds of designs and brides should experiment until they find the right look. Vive la mariée."

At Badgley Mischka

Hairstylist Eva Scrivo created two distinct looks for the Badgley Mischka bride, who is elegant and modern with a true taste for glamour--a loose, romantic up-do and a sensual, wavy look worn down.

In Scrivo's opinion, the opposing looks represent two facets of the same bride, just at different stages of her wedding. "Many brides wear their hair up and very polished for the ceremony, and take it down for the reception."

If this idea is appealing to you, she suggests gently unpinning the hair from the up-do and lightly tousling it out. Make sure you, or your stylist, use a "working hairspray" like L'Oreal Professionnel's Infinium 2 Light Hairspray. That way it's not frozen into a shape and can be undone and still be shiny, soft and touchable.

"The collection, inspired by the great party scenes of classic Hollywood films: Dark Victory, All About Eve and The Women, juxtaposed the all-knowing sophistication of the leading lady versus the precociousness and blind ambition of the ingénue," shared Mark Badgley and James Mischka.

Scrivo designed the looks with the veils and dresses in mind. For brides who choose to go sans veil, adding a hair accessory is a must. It offers the type of polish that sets you apart from your guests, whether it be feathers, flowers or jewels, creating balance and the ultimate finishing touch.

For brides who wear a veil just for the ceremony, Scrivo loves the idea of adding an accessory for the celebration. "It extends your bridal look, makes you feel like a bride even though your veil is off."

At Vera Wang

Vera Wang and hairstylist Tuan Ahn Tran went for a softly distressed pulled-back hairstyle that culminated in an artful twisted bun in the back, not unlike the design of her gowns, each showcasing a surprise at every turn. Wang's models resembled the wan, young floating dancers of the Paris Opera and Degas, which was the driving force of inspiration behind the mood of her collection.

While the runway look features a strict center part, Tran and Wang both feel this style can be adapted for any bride. Tran elaborates, "I think the look can be personalized for any individual. You would just have to move the part according to each person's face shape. The height in the back can also be adjusted for that individual as well. But it's very important for a bride to do what looks best on her. Just because it looked good in a magazine or on the runway doesn't mean it will work. Less is more."

Tran loves collaborating with Wang, "Her dresses always inspire me. Every little detail is so well thought out. There are so many approaches for the hair when I look at each and every outfit. One might be a messy bun that's understated, and another look can go into a world where there is a bit more fantasy. You have to align yourself with the journey."

Wang's fantasy element this season was the addition of several organically shaped horsehair headpieces, a dramatic accompaniment we adored. Her beauty philosophy is simple, quiet and timeless: "If the dress is very decorated then hair, makeup and jewelry should be kept to a minimum. If the dress is more modern and architectural, then this is a great opportunity for a shoe or jewelry statement."

--Juli Alvarez

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