NYFW Diary: A star-studded Valentine’s Day at the shows

By Jennifer Weatherhead

If you’re a celebrity in New York on Valentine’s Day, what do you do? You go to fashion week, of course! The biting chill in the air on the most romantic day of the year didn’t stop the stars from making their way to the fashion tents to get a glimpse of the collections for Fall 2015 at New York Fashion Week - so it definitely wasn’t going to stop us!

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Flare cover girl Olivia Palermo caused a stir when she strolled in for the Misha Nonoo show dressed in one of the hottest trends of the moment: full-flared, ‘70s-inspired denim with an army-green full-length coat topped with fur. After getting interviewed, chatting with fashion eds and models, and posing for pics, she settled into her front-row seat. Also on hand to take in Nonoo’s cozy, easy-to-wear knits and tailored jumpsuits was girl-of-the-moment Meghan Markle in head-to-toe black with a crop top.

And it was bondage, body-con dresses galore at Hervé Léger’s fall presentation of architectural, jewel-encrusted, Gaudi-inspired dresses and coats. Michelle Rodriguez showed up in a slimming black and white HL dress while supermodel Petra Nemcova wowed in Valentine’s-appropriate blush pink with a head full of glossy, Kate Middleton-esque waves.

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But what got us most excited was discovering the fact that you can actually wear two of the ponytail hairstyles – one super feminine and one with a bit more edge – right now and well into spring. Who says you have to wait until fall?

Misha Nonoo’s chic, pulled-back ponytail by celeb hairstylist Ryan Trygstad was all about the DIY factor - they even had models tackle the hairstyle themselves! The first step was to blow dry their locks with TRESemmé Expert Selection Perfectly (un)Done Wave Creation Sea Foam mousse for a soft hold and texture, then twirling dry hair around a curling wand. “A curling wand is ideal,” explains Trygstad. “A regular curling iron can be difficult to create soft beach waves with.” Then the curls were brushed out into loose waves.

We had the models pick their deep side part, because they know what looks best on their own hair and their face,” Trygstad says. “Today’s look was all inspired by women empowerment – hair that they can do themselves.” They smoothed out the part and the top of the hair with a brush and a spritz of TRESemmé Expert Selection Perfectly (un)Done Wave hairspray before adding in random bobby pins around the front. The one trick every stylist and model did to make sure there wasn’t a fly-away hair in sight was to spray the hair spray, then roll the hairspray can over the hair to seal it in place. FYI, if you haven’t tried the (un)Done collection yet, it will be your spring/summer life saver for the ultimate, carefree beach waves.

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At Herve Leger, to go with those blinged-out dresses and cutting shapes, a victory roll hairstyle that celebrity stylist Orlando Pita whipped up was all about two products to create a glossy, high-shine finish. From the front the look was androgynous. “We wanted it to look boyish to contrast the [pretty] makeup,” Pita explains, with the twists sealed in with TRESemmé Hold Gel and pinned in the center of the head down the back with about ten bobby pins. A low-slung ponytail finished the hair in the back, which got its own glossy look thanks to a straight iron and Get Sleek Blow Dry Balm.

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