1. Runway trends to love or leave


    Click on the tops title to open   Every new season brings a fresh crop of ideas straight from the runways. When some looks are over the top, editors claim they meant to be “inspirational.”  That may be true for $100,000 couture ensembles, but it is a different story when orange and red eyeliner, for instance, ends up for sale and in the editorial pages of glossy magazines.

    Here are some of our favourite trends of the season and a few others we suggest giving a pass:      This season keep textures rough and unfinished if you prefer.


    Long braids and braided coronets were a statement on the runways of Rebecca Minkoff, Naeem Khan, Pucci, Valentino, Dolce&Gabbana, among others. Braids are easy to wear and easy on your hair as they require no heat styling. You can braid your hair wet or dry. The bliss of braids is that you can make them as complicated or simple as you like.

    If you have long hair try making two thin braids on either side of your face. Divide the rest of your hair into two long fat braids. Cross the little braids on top of your head and pin them invisibly to look like a crown. Wrap the back braids to form a flat coil on the back of your head. That is all you need to do for a chic braided do. This is a great day-after-a-shampoo look. If you have slippery hair, a spritz of dry shampoo will give your hair more body. Use bobby pins in a colour that matches your hair. 436px-Girl_with_beautiful_french_braided_hairScünci Colormatch hair pins will match all shades of hair, including pale blonde and reds.


    Fake bob

    On runways, stylists tucked long hair into shirt and jacket collars to get the look of a “fake bob.” Hair pouffed into artfully into a fake bob can look cute and sporty on the runway, but in real life this look is messy and itchy.

    Flowers in your hair

    The prettiest runway beauty trend this season is flowers worn in the hair. From hippie headbands to delicate buds decorating updos, hair is in bloom. At Zac Posen, delicate blooms were tucked into windswept updos.

    Dolce&Gabbana had a garland of tiny blooms decorated braided coronets.

    Muted smoky eye

    Try the new smoky eye in soft taupe or grey. Use matte shadow in several shades of the same colour for a soft look.

    Two runway trends to avoid are heavy over-the-top lashes and neon eyeliners in red, lime, or orange.