Dreamy Deconstruction

Take a tour through these dreamy, deconstructed ’dos that top this season’s best-tressed list. Here’s how to master these soft, whimsical styles.

{Waves of Envy}

Brushed-out waves don’t have to be pristine to add polish. To keep curls from slipping, work with day-old hair. Spritz strands all over using an aerosol dry shampoo (it’s less likely to leave behind a residue), then curl hair in alternate directions (one forward, one backward). Spray each section with hairspray, wrap it around a curling iron, then let it cool completely before brushing it out.

Dress, French Connection, frenchconnection.com. Shirt, Equipment, 416-703-5932. Headpiece, Lara Vincent, laravincent.com.

{A Fine Mess}

Imperfect updos take on a playful quality when paired with a dramatic part and tousled texture. Start with day-old locks and create a deep side part. Tie hair back and twist it into a low bun, securing with bobby pins. Mist with dry shampoo to give hair some grit, then free some face-framing strands “for attitude that’s soft, not severe.”

Shirt, Helmut Lang, ssense.com. Headpiece, Lara Vincent, laravincent.com.

{Just Roll With It}

A hair comb and a proper curl set are the key to pulling off this rockabilly-made-modern style. Detangle wet strands with a leave-in conditioner and liberally apply a volumizing mousse throughout. Blow-dry hair using a large paddle brush to retain some fluff. Next, take large sections of hair-sprayed strands (about two to three inches) and wrap them around a medium-barrel curling iron, alternating directions. Brush curls through until they’re much looser, then pin back a front section of hair using a small hair comb. “It’s all about that old-Hollywood ’40s wave and movement.”

Sweater and skirt, Chanel, chanel.com. Shoes, Aldo, aldoshoes.com

{Fit To Be Tied}

Ponytails of all shapes and sizes ruled the spring runways, but the standout style was regal, thanks to volume and height. Spritz wet strands with a texturizing spray and blow-dry using your fingers to twist hair and create waves. Mist hair with dry shampoo, then
backcomb the crown and sides for volume. Gather hair into a ponytail, leaving some over your ears for a loose look, and secure
at the nape. “This is the style for the girl who doesn’t want to wear an extreme, slicked-down ponytail.”

Dress, Hermès,  hermes.com. Collar, Zara, zara.com.

{Swept Away}

Pretty plaits have been around for a few seasons now, but the modern way to wear them is equal parts romantic and roughed up.
“The messier and looser the style, the more appealing.” Divide hair into two equal parts (as if you’re doing pigtails), keeping them up high behind your ears. Braid each section, then wrap one plait around the crown and the other one in the opposite direction, creating a halo. Connect them together using bobby pins, then slightly pull the two braids apart for a loosened-up look.
Finish with a mist of strong-hold hairspray.

Shirt, Equipment, 416-703-5932. Dress, Nougat London, nougatlondon.co.uk.

{Inspiration Board for this shoot};

1.{The Bold and the Beautiful}
We needed something to showcase a nearly naked gaze, and the sculpted brows on Derek Lam’s spring runway were just right.

2. {Lights, Camera, Action}

Soft lighting was used to highlight the delicate hair texture and wardrobe, and to create an idyllic, romantic atmosphere.

3. {Hair Apparent}
After swooning over the hair at Rodarte’s spring show, we knew our undone-hair theme was a winner.

4. {Location, Location, Location}
The historic Fairmont Royal York hotel in Toronto served up lush textiles, old-world mouldings and ornamental hardware.

5. {Super Natural}
It was no accident that Zoe (from Sutherland Models) was cast. She resembles our beauty inspiration, Ali Macgraw.

Photography by Geneviève Charbonneau

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