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Hair Decor: 7 Styles Straight From The Spring 2015 Runway

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This week was the first time I grabbed a light jacket on the way to work, and I plan to mostly embrace Autumn’s cool aura with sophisticated and somewhat somber ensembles. Key word here is “mostly”. Serious fashion is maximized by a touch of levity, a whimsical flourish to add cheeky personality to even the most serious fashion statement. And what better place for fun flair than the tippy top of your hair? I got the idea from the Paris Spring 2015 Fashion Shows, where ornamental accessories added a touch of irreverent opulence to many a model mane. Inspirational items included a simple gold ring (Céline), graphic comb (Lanvin), gilded headband (Valentino), or a few fresh floral blooms (Dolce &Gabbana). The Spring of 2014 will forever be known (in my mind at least) as the Season of Guido Palau, who lovingly fastened gorgeous custom pieces into place at all three of those fashion houses. With Palau on the forefront, there’s a breath of fresh innovation flowing from the east and set to make a mark out west. 

Let’s break down the key details of Spring 2015’s designer hair decor. 

1. Celine

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On the Celine Spring 2015 runway, hairstylist Guido Palau accentuated models’ casually textured hair with golden barrettes personally designed by Celine Designer Phoebe Philo. Slender golden circles neatly held hair in chic half back hairstyle that offered a glimmer of glamour as each model turned and walked back down the runway. “The hair is pulled half back, which is a very classic style,” Palau explained to Allure Magazine, “We sprayed freshly washed hair with Redken Windblown, a texturizing spray, to add natural-looking movement… Then we placed the hair in this beautiful gold ring, which elevated the quite simple hairstyle into something super-rich. It’s kind of amazing what a hair accessory can do.”  Even cooler, these hair pieces are almost identical to the signature hardwear on Celine’s latest it-bag offering, a strappy leather pouchette forged of brown and black leather.

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2. Lanvin: Combs In Chignons

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AtLanvin’s 125th anniversary show, Palau tucked gold combs beneath classic chignons to “give them a bit of glamour.” The low placement and understated sophistication lent the hairstyle a graphic, structured edge. “It’s a nice way of using a hair comb,” Palau told Allure Magazine, “It gives the look a little bit ofchicness and glamour, and it also makes a simpleknot feel more special.” Simultaneously elegant and modern, the hairstyles at Lanvin beautifully straddled the fine line between honoring one’s fashion roots and looking forward to the next big thing. Best of all, these neat knots are easily replicated and accessorized by fashionistas from LA to NYC. Lanvin looked forward and reminded us that good taste will never go out of fashion. 

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3. Valentino: Mermaid Tiaras

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“It’s almost like she’s been in the sun for the first time,” Palau sad of the modern mermaid hairstyles he created for Valentino’s Spring/Summer 2015 Fashion show, “There’s a real softness to conjure up the spirit of the summer, with waves and a center part that hangs slightly over the ears.” After spraying damp strands with texturizing spray, the model’s hair was scrunched and set with a blowdry.Then, Palau curled sections at random and then gathered the hair into a deconstructed, beachy half ponytail. Good hairdressing aside, the real genius was once again in hair accessorization, this time with a gold shell studded tiara Ariel would have almost certainly gone mute for. This Season’s muse was The 18th Century Custom of a ‘Grand Tour’, or finishing school/summer vacation abroad hybrid during which elite young ladies would spend months promenading glamorously through Italy. I’m especially smitten with the way Palau wrapped pieces of hair around the accessory, as if human and ocean came together as one long-submerged wonder. 

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4. Dolce & Gabbana: Ruby Blooms

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“Feminine, soft, pretty—this is how girls want to look,” Palau told reporters backstage at the Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2015 Show. Dolce & Gabbana’s latest collection is Spanish inspired, specifically by Kingdom of Sicily’s rich aesthetic during Habsburg rule stretching from 1516-1713. Palau accentuated the designer’s matador red dresses and gold-embroidered flats with fresh ruby roses and carnations. After blowing it smooth, Palau gathered the model’s hair into romantic gatherings that sat low and a little loose. Those gorgeous, saturated blooms were randomly added along with lacquered ornamentation to strike the perfect balance of whimsy and passion.

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5. Fendi: Crocodile Tail Hair

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More “fierce” than “feminine”,  the Lagerfeld-designed leather flowers at Fendi Spring/Summer 2014 were attached to “crocodile tails” and pinned on top of the models’ messy, sexy ponytails. Yes: crocodile tail hair. Dreamt up by hairstylist Sam McKnight (presumably to give Guido Palau a run for his money), the crocodile tail begins as a low-slung, vastly volumized ponytail with tons of semi-messy texture. Then came the oversized leather flower dripping down into long tail shaped flap and ending just above the hair tips.

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6. Bottega Veneta: Floral Combs

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“It’s almost like gym hair,” Guido Palau said of the undone knots he created for Bottega Veneta’s Spring/Summer 2015 Runway Show. After working his usual texturing/blowdry magic, Palau wound the length of the model’s hair into a loose, après-sport bun with unfinished ends and a few face framing flyaways. The chic concoction was topped by delicate, jewel encrusted floral combs for an intoxicating hint of femininity.

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7. Missoni: Patterned Turbans

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For the Missoni Spring/Summer 2015 Runway Show, hairstylist Paul Hanlon topped sleek buns and ponytails with the label’s signature color saturated scarves. Missoni has long been a bastion of modern bohemia, and the inspiration for Spring’s sensual hairstyle is no exception. Novelist Zadie Smith was the muse for the bold faux-turbans Hanlon fashioned out of winding scarves and padded topknots seen on some of Missoni’s runway models. He began by winding the scarves an inch back from the forehead, and into a customized conical headwrapping that rested tightly over ballerina buns. “There’s a 1940s chic to it,” Paul Hanlon said of his creation “plus it’s great for the eyes!”. 

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5 Crazy Creative New Ways To Carry Your Purse

It’s not the size that matters, it’s how you hold it…

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It’s not the bag that matters. Ok J/k no the bag totally matters, but also important is how you carry your purse. Street style starlets and it-girls alike know that carrying your purse in an unexpected and seemingly unintentional way elevates your look from standard to superior. For inspiration I turned to three superior fashion bloggers who are masters: The Blonde Salad, The Haute Pursuit, and Song Of Style

Here are five bold new ways to carry your bag like a modern muse.

1. The Leash

If you’ve ever been to Disney land, you’re familiar with the horrifying yet hilarious sight of grubby, shifty-eyed spawn trotting about on leashes held by weary parents. Nothing says “I don’t want to lose you, but you might want to lose me,” like a leash. When employing ‘the leash’ technique, think of your purse as a child; only better. Purses don’t pick their nose, throw tantrums, or rip open your lady bits, and compared to a college education, a new Prada is downright FRUGAL.

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Unlike raising non-horrible children, which is apparently very difficult, maintaining a non-horrible purse is as easy as proper storage and regular cleaning. Actually now that I think about it, several children I’ve recently encountered could greatly benefit from proper storage (not under my feet) and regular cleaning (not in the public restroom).

If you’re contemplating motherhood or even pet adoption, why not polish your transportation skills stylishly by employing ‘The Leash’ technique of unorthodox purse carrying.

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Using a cross body bag, gather the straps in your hand like a coiled whip for your imaginary naughty children. Hold it just far enough to the front or side so it’s close but not so close as to smack your legs while walking. Then simply a. take a picture and b. saunter off, swinging your purse/child about jauntily and feigning regret when it hits an actual child careless enough to block your path.

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The Leash is fantastic for pictures because it a. shows off a cross body bag from the front b. employs your hand and c. keeps at least one arm from smashing hideously against your side. When photographing with The Leash, hold your purse forward center, cross your ankles, and delicately point one toe.

If you DO accidentally(ish) whack a child while walking with The Leash, defuse any tearful tots or irritable mothers by loudly chastising your purse/child. “BAD BALENCIAGA BAD BAD BAD BACK TO THE CLOSET YOU GO,” you’ll say, confusing the child and confounding the mother just long enough to scamper off.

2. The Heartbeat

There is a famous and incredibly depressing study about motherhood conducted on baby monkeys some years ago. Taken from their mothers, the young primates are given only a towel wrapped figure to nurse. Without their mother’s physical and emotional affection, the adorable baby monkeys slowly withered away, clutching desperately at the wooden figure. Depressing as fuck, yes. I share this horrifying scientific anecdote with you because in order to fully utilize The Heartbeat, you should evoke the intense clutching of an emotionally deprived baby monkey.

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Imagine your purse is a baby monkey (or baby human if you’re boring) that has never experienced love. Your purse can be a crossbody, satchel, whatever as long as it’s not too small and has a strap or at very least a handle. You love your purse baby monkey so deeply that you’re coddling it to your bosom protectively. It can hear your heart beat. You can smell it’s sumptuous leather. The Heartbeat is deeply intimate; nothing comes between you two. Except maybe the wheel and/or a drink. Your baby monkey bag will understand that sometimes mommy needs a cocktail, as it is far more understanding and well-behaved than an actual baby of any species.

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The Heartbeat works wonderfully on the ever flexible cross body bag, particularly the newer style of crossbody bags that fall higher and more centered than their less domesticated ancestors. For a more dramatic and equally chic (or even more chic if it’s a great bag) utilization of The Heartbeat, cuddle an enormous it-bag to your breast like an obese baby monkey or Britney Spears’ offspring circa 2007.

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Sidenote: the wild, desperate look in 2007 Britney Spears’ eyes is disturbingly similar to the wild, desperate look in the eyes of those motherless baby monkeys.

3. The Runaway

Have you ever wanted to run far, far away? Of course you have. People are ghastly.

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Runaways of popular fiction are often marked by an over-the-shoulder pouch made of a napkin tied about a stick. While sticks and napkins are still not chic and today’s runaways are instead marked by signs of abuse, holding your purse tossed over one shoulder is now considered the height of sophistication. Progress!

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Any purse with a strap can be used for The Runaway. Ideally, you want a strap long enough to hit between shoulder-blade and ass. If the strap is too short, your lovely Lanvin will viciously slap the nape of your neck as you come to the unpleasant realization that your stride is less ‘delicate glide’ and more ‘ungainly trot’. bindle Too long a strap and that gorgeous Givenchy will start smacking your ass like Rick Ross at Jumbo’s Clown Room.

4. The Target

Remember when Cher Horowitz faced down a mugger after that Cranberries-loving tool crassly abandoned her in the Valley?

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Cher may have lost her shoes and sullied her Alaïa, but kept her sense of style.  Today, that scene is an infamous moment in fashion legend and continues to be the gift that keeps on giving. The defensive, wary way that Cher grasps her purse is a fabulous example of The Target. Cher Horowitz really was way before her time. A visionary. A prophet.

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The Target is distinctive because a. it almost exclusively applies to clutches, b. the clutch is held against your upper abdomen, below your boobs and slightly to the side. As if you’re shielding that fragile Fendi from being snatched by a scoundrel. Or you’re a 7th grade girl self-consciously carrying her binder from Algebra to English.  Like a victim, really.

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Carrying your cIutch like a victim may seem counterintuitive to looking cool, but trends often make no sense whatsoever so just go with it. Clutches, unimaginatively named after the way women are intended to clutch them, never made much sense to begin with. Clutches fly in the face of opposable thumbs and are the #1 way drunk girls to lose their iPhones. All hail the end of clutching. Stretch your fingers with pride and hold your bag like it’s 1AM in Compton.

5. The Boulder

The Boulder is essentially The Victim’s dramatic foil or, more simply, opposite.

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The Boulder involves carrying a purse like a clutch: one-handed, arm cupping, handles or strap flapping pointedly as if to say “Oh you still use these? How quaint.” While The Victim is a defensive pose, The Boulder is an aggressive pose. You’re not only flouting convention, you’re storming the convention castle while carrying a Bottega Veneta like a boulder. A boulder you might chuck at someone wearing Crocs at any minute, just for the hell of it, because you’re hard like that.

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The Boulder works during day or night, depending on where you are and what you’re wearing. If you’re underdressed I’d suggest NOT employing The Boulder because it’ll look accidental, like you wandered in accidentally and are now trying to fit in by pretending your purse is a clutch. The Boulder should say ‘I don’t give a damn’ not ‘Let’s play make-believe’.

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If you’re correctly dressed The Boulder looks like a distinctive mark of personal style. When faced with the prospect of being overdressed, The Boulder is actually a genius trick to salvage the situation. Simply substitute that dainty Marni clutch with your chunky Chloe satchel to balance stuffy formality with a dash of stylish irreverence.

IT FACTOR FRIDAY: BELTED COATS

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Looking through the street style pictures from Men’s Fashion Week, Couture Week, and Stockholm Fashion Week makes it clear: belting an overcoat is seriously cool.    When the weather is cold, fashionistas have been resorting to clever styling tricks to make sure their style doesn’t get lost in layers upon layers.  And even though we’re warm here in LA, we can’t wait to cop this cooler-than-cool trend!

 

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From the street snaps we’ve seen, the combination of belt + coat works in virtually any proportion.  Skinny belt + trench, braided belt+ patchwork parka, wide belt + wool topper—they all work!  The one rule to stick to?  Don’t try this with a bulky, puffy coat or one of those quilted down jackets.  Since the goal is to cinch your waist, overly-bulky coats won’t give you the streamlined look you want.

 

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Also, don’t let the length of your belt stop you from cinching!  If the belt you want to wear is meant for your hips instead of your waist, tie the extra length into a chic knot and rock the slightly-disheveled look.

 

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For a more pulled-together outfit, try a structured belt- like this ladies metal version- over a work-appropriate blazer.  Voila!  Cold-weather tricks adapted for the warm-blooded Angeleno.

Will you give the latest “It” look a shot?

 

Go Ahead, Get Messy This Summer!

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Embrace that messy hair!

Summer is the perfect time to get carelessly-chic. All that concert-going, beach hopping, and pool-partying is probably doing wonders for your summer style already with sun-kissed skin, sexy beach hair, and summery party outfits. While it’s easier to throw on a pair of cutoff jean shorts and a cropped top, doing your hair can be the trickiest part about those warm summer nights. What to do with that hair? We say, well, nothing!

This season it’s all about loose lively hair that blows effortlessly in the breeze. You already knew we loved sexy beach hair waves, but the style doesn’t stop there! Giant floral headbands, silk scarves, and unique braids have us gazing at this seasons top trending hairstyles in awe. Sometimes big, crazy, rocker-hair is just what you need to shake out an amped up summer statement, so remember to adorn your hair accordingly!

 

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One Color, One Bold Statement!

‘When in doubt, wear black’

‘When in doubt, wear red’

We’ve heard these ‘go-to’ style tips somewhere before, but we’re here to set the record straight: when in doubt… It’s quite all right to go all-out in your favorite color.

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Lately, we’re seeing more and more appearances of men and women rocking one color from head to toe; it may be the opposite end of the style-spectrum from clashing your busy prints, but you’ll make just as bold of a statement by doing so. Whether you’re dressed to the nines in a powder blue suit for that springtime wedding, or going casual adorned in your smartest street style for the afternoon, monochroming your look is a unique, eye-catching way to switch up your usual presentation.

 

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Although dressing in one solid color is striking enough, it’s the accessories on an outfit like this that will do the talking just as loud as the color itself! Be sure to adorn yourself in pieces that state the vibe you’re going for, and don’t be afraid to try something bold and oversized since the solid color will make your accessories stand out. In an extraordinary and colorful ensemble like this, you’re maintaining the perfect balance by commanding attention without over dressing your outfit!

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Summer Sunnies

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If you wear glasses then we’re considering you one lucky lady. ‘Why’ you might ask?  Think about it, my fashionista… you actually get the privilege of switching up the style and accessories that adorn those dreamy eyes everyday! You’ve probably already done the tedious experimenting on what’s ‘wild’ VS ‘tame’, what’s ‘professional’ VS ‘funky’, and your various favorites are ready to go no matter what your style is for the day.  If your frames only come out in the sunshine and you’re a little unfamiliar with which stylish direction to go venturing out into, allow us to introduce to you some of our favorite sunnies for the season!

We’ve already touched on the newly trending colored lenses for spring, which is a unique diversion from the classic black-out and semi-reflective lenses in previous years.  After investigating our favorite Coachella street-style looks from this years’ show, we fell in love with the big, round, retro-inspired sunnies that kept a steady appearance amongst bohemian beauties and wild-child cliques. We dig the classic Ray Bans for their notoriously smart edge, but if you’re trying to go the extra style-mile, try an equally classic pair with the upper corners peaked a bit. Those edgy cat-inspired frames will add a dash of sexy, femme-fatal to your summertime vibe!

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Out With The Old and In With The Chic!

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We have a hard time believing its been so long since the statement piece of an outfit adorned a woman’s hand in the springtime, but the last truly edgy piece that comes to mind that graced us from wrist to fingertips, are the gloves ‘everyday women’ would wear with their Sundays finest. Sure, trends like chunky cuffs, layering rings, bracelets, and fingerless gloves have had their 15 minutes of fashion-fame, but what happened to the chic pair of lacey mitts the women of earlier times detailed themselves with? Did we completely forget about a wardrobe piece so elegant and posh over time? Perhaps we did, because lace gloves out for a stroll in afternoon today may look like they need a pair of matching feather kitten-heels to go with them.

That is why we’re delighted to see a more exotic trend finally beginning to take over our pretty, delicate hands again; …hand jewelry!

We’d spot versions of the unfamiliar jewelry piece few and far between in the past, but it seems to be declaring its presence for 2013! This knockout accessory is the chicest ‘2-birds-1-stone’ wardrobe-staple to hit our jewelry box yet. Put a sexy accent on your overall look, and wear this trend to make your look express the ‘went-the-extra-style-mile’ while not saying ‘out-dated’. Sometimes more really is more. Ditch a ring or 2 for the day and put this striking ornament on display where your finest jewelry presents itself.

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It's All About the Details!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Listen up gentlemen, because this week we are  talking…details! Little by little, a little becomes a lot, especially when we are talking about the first thing people notice before your spoken words are even heard; your style.  Your closet could very well be compromised of hats, suspenders, stand-out jackets and pocket-squares galore, but if you aren’t having fun and getting creative with them, they may as well get cozy in there!

As stylists, there have been several occasions where we find that men actually have these stylish accessories, sometimes even enough to fill up an issue of GQ, they just don’t know how to wear them, and on that note: Keep Calm, your stylist has arrived!

So there you are, in front of the mirror, pants and jacket pressed, fresh new shoes, maybe even a pair of new summer sunglasses to amp yourself up about a new season of style; but now what?  Your outfit hasn’t reached it maximum potential without the little stuff! Cuff links and suspenders; they say so much about your efforts, using so little.  Sure buttons and belts do the same thing, but they are nowhere near as particular as these stylish little extras. If you are into the ‘mixing prints’ trend, try tossing a print into the mix via a bowtie or a bold pair of socks, sometimes a peak of vivid color-pop is all you need to bring your outfit to life.

 

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It’s All About the Details!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Listen up gentlemen, because this week we are  talking…details! Little by little, a little becomes a lot, especially when we are talking about the first thing people notice before your spoken words are even heard; your style.  Your closet could very well be compromised of hats, suspenders, stand-out jackets and pocket-squares galore, but if you aren’t having fun and getting creative with them, they may as well get cozy in there!

As stylists, there have been several occasions where we find that men actually have these stylish accessories, sometimes even enough to fill up an issue of GQ, they just don’t know how to wear them, and on that note: Keep Calm, your stylist has arrived!

So there you are, in front of the mirror, pants and jacket pressed, fresh new shoes, maybe even a pair of new summer sunglasses to amp yourself up about a new season of style; but now what?  Your outfit hasn’t reached it maximum potential without the little stuff! Cuff links and suspenders; they say so much about your efforts, using so little.  Sure buttons and belts do the same thing, but they are nowhere near as particular as these stylish little extras. If you are into the ‘mixing prints’ trend, try tossing a print into the mix via a bowtie or a bold pair of socks, sometimes a peak of vivid color-pop is all you need to bring your outfit to life.

 

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Accessory Report: Turban Headband

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Fashion Editorial Spring’13

 

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Whether you are having a bad hair day or you just want to make a style statement, the turban headband will be your go-to accessory this season! These festive headpieces come in plenty of colors, prints, and fabrics, and will instantly add a bohemian vibe to your look. Pair with a simple dress or t-shirt and jeans and instantly elevate your look to a whole new level of bohemian-chic. From the Marc Jacobs spring runways to editorials in fashion magazines, the turban is making a major comeback and we are loving it!

 

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