When it comes to hair trends for the season, there’s something for everyone, from bold look-at-me color to festival-worthy waves, here’s a look at what some of the top designers showed duringMilan Fashion Week. See the gallery above for a comprehensive rundown, as well as runways in New York, London and Paris.
ALBERTA FERRETTI: A beautiful, sexy yet natural woman inspired hairstylist Guido Palau. The models’ hair was kept in romantic ponytails twisted back on themselves with elastics for a shorter effect. Using his Full Frame 07 mousse, Palau created a wet look and added shine with Shine Flash 02 glistening mist. The hair was pulled back but softened around the models’ ears and hairline for a little messy, casual look that was simultaneously very sexy. The main feature was the texture and the softness around the face.
FENDI: Hairstylist Sam McKnight was inspired by a bold attitude. “The look at Fendi is a little bit quirky” and masculine, he said. Short haircuts close to the hairline were highlighted by blue, green and petrol shades in the same tones as the makeup to create that sharp masculine look. The Fendi woman is also strong, “but shares a quirky mystery at the same.” McKnight sprayed his own Cool Girl and Modern Hairspray mist on models wearing ponytails, pulled up very quickly for a natural effect.
PRADA: The hairstyle by Guido Palau was inspired by the boyish idea of a woman, shared with Pat McGrath’s beauty look. A group of models walked the runway with shorter hair with said boyish look, while another group sported soft ponytails. The key product was Palau’s Wax Blast 10 finishing spray.
GIORGIO ARMANI: The hairstyle by Aldo Coppola Agency was extremely graphic, in sync with the eyes, which were the focus of the makeup. Models wore a short black wig with a short fringe and sideburns, which defined a triangle.
ETRO: Hairstylist John Pecis was inspired by the atmosphere of a trip to India, with a touch of “a late Sixties — early Seventies look.” The idea was about a girl who just attended the ultimate music festival — think Jimi Hendrix or The Beatles. The hair was a little dampened and kept back off the face, conveying the idea of a girl on the move. But it was anything but messy: “We put an effort into controlling the hair and put it in a shape,” Pecis underscored. “It was like models had put their hands into their hair to push it back. The hair became dampened and heavy by starting with a volumizing mousse to hold the hair back and give a little bit of a wave. Then a curling iron was used to give a little bit of a wave, then a dressing cream was put over the top of that wave to feel like it was wet, even if it wasn’t.” It was all about an easy-yet-pretty look “If you want to achieve it in your life you just have to use the right products to hold the hair in place,” Pecis suggested.
MISSONI: “A modern type of a bohemian woman” inspired hairstylist Anthony Turner, a quintessentially Missoni innocence.” This idea was reflected in a very light, easy yet cool hairstyle and in a beautiful texture. As the show was held outdoors, the hair had to be light and free to move. Using Moroccanoil products, Turner created low ponytails, and when girls were ready to walk he just “destroyed” them so that “even if there is a ponytail it’s gonna be very romantic,” Turner explained. Haircuts, Afros and curly hair were kept natural, maintaining each girl’s personal style.
MARNI: Hairstylist Duffy played on the idea of wet hair, as if the girls had just stepped out of the water. Hair was kept “supershiny, superwet-looking,” he said. But there was also an element of a “punky take on the Fifties,” though “it’s not Teddy Boy, it’s not rockabilly,” Duffy underscored. The hair was well tightened on the back, using a lot of strong mousse and fixed with spray.
Kendra Wilkinson pays tribute to Hugh Hefner. Kendra Wilkinson has praised the late Hugh Hefner for his “heart of gold”. The ‘Kendra On Top’ star has paid tribute to the late Playboy magazine founder – who died earlier this week at the age of 91 – and thanked him for making her feel like “the most special person on the planet”. In a series of tweets, she wrote: “For me it was the little things about Hef. The moments I I got to share w him w no cameras around… he always made me laugh … When we would stare at each other from across the room. Like no one else was there. We made each other smile. From the heart. No matter what mood I was in. He always made me smile. Always!!! … I appreciate that I got spend those 5 years with him. Got the time to open my heart n understand who he really was … I always ask myself… how was I so lucky? Out of all the women and people in the world. His shuffling feet walking by my door at noon. The time we were both just waking up. The pride in his eyes when I told him I was marrying the man of my dreams … He made me feel like the most special person on the planet while I made sure his hat was on sideways. His heart was GOLD … Hef just wanted to see beauty in the world. And his. That’s it! (sic)” Meanwhile, Kendra previously hailed Hugh for shaping who she is today. She said previously: “Hef changed my life. I couldn’t be more thankful for our friendship and our time together.”
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Hip-hop artist A$AP Nast reveals a new side of himself—mid-century modern furniture collector—in a new collaboration with Converse.
Nast and Converse teamed up on a limited-edition footwear and apparel collection inspired by the distinct colors and materials of the design period.
The Converse One Star features a mustard yellow corduroy upper, fuzzy laces and the iconic Converse star in deep red leather. The Chuck Taylor All Star 70 gets a retro-cool update with plaid. Both sneakers include the phrase “Somewhere in Mid-Century” on the sidewalls. The same phrase takes center stage on T-shirts, offered in cream, cardinal and dark chocolate.
The Converse x A$AP Nast collection exclusively launches at the Foot Locker flagship store in Times Square on Thursday.
“Being born and raised in Harlem, I’m excited to drop my [first] design collaboration in my city. Fashion has always been a priority whether expressed through my style or rap—I am telling a story,” said Nast. “As a young creative, Converse gave me the opportunity to share my vision, passion and personal inspiration of a timeless era through the collection.”
Now that September is coming to a close, we’re looking back on the month’s best limited-edition drops.
The prerelease of Virgil Abloh’s Off-White x Nike “The Ten” collection headlined the month, while other noteworthy drops came in the form of an all-terrain take on the fan-favorite Adidas Ultra Boost and a charitable iteration of Rihanna’s Fenty PumaCreeper.
Shop the month’s best limited-edition kicks below.
This special colorway of Rihanna’s Fenty Puma Creeper benefits the Clara Lionel Foundation, an organization the singer established in honor of her grandparents. The white leather look features embroidered details and is still available in a number of sizes from Puma’s e-commerce site.Puma
Rihanna x Fenty Puma Creeper Clara Lionel, $160; puma.com
Virgil Abloh’s Off-White x Nike “The Ten” collection was full of highlights, but the Air Jordan 1 from the “Revealing” range was arguably the most sought-after style. If you can’t wait for the global release in November, the Air Jordan 1 can be picked up now for an average of around $2,000.Stadium Goods
Off-White x Air Jordan 1 “The Ten,” from $2,500; stadiumgoods.com
Adidas’ fan-favorite Ultra Boost sneaker gets a fall-ready makeover with this All Terrain rendition. It’s equipped with an extended ankle collar, improved outsole traction and a water repellant coating to power through the season’s weather.Adidas
Adidas Ultra Boost All Terrain LTD, $240; finishline.com
Doctor Who star Pearl Mackie, Radio 1 DJ Clara Amfo and others tell the story behind a key piece of clothing in their wardrobe
What I wore when… I went on my first date
Pearl Mackie, 30, plays Bill Potts, companion to the 12th Doctor in BBC1’s Doctor Who. She is wearing white Adidas jogging bottoms, a white vest top and white shell-top Adidas trainers.
I used to wear jogging bottoms a lot when I was teenager. I wore them on my first date, when I was 15. He became my first boyfriend. We went to the McDonald’s at the end of my road and I got a strawberry milkshake and he ordered a banana one, and I was like, “Mate, why you getting banana?” We went for a walk, then sat in the park, and it was really sweet.
The high street is full of all this stuff again now, but I can’t imagine wearing jogging bottoms on a date.I’ve got about 25 pairs of trainers under my bed. I wore a pair of yellow trainers to my Doctor Who audition. I felt Bill would wear something bright.
There are things in her wardrobe I wish I could take, like her red Urban Outfitters jumper or her jeans (I’m quite curvy and they were taken in to fit, so they’re better than any other jeans ever). But they save everything to exhibit at the Doctor Who Experience.
I don’t take clothes too seriously. My wardrobe is a collection of mostly insane items. My idea of a classic white shirt is my grandad’s old white shirt from the 1940s that does up with cufflinks. I like vintage a lot. I bought an amazing Moschino jacket on the Depop app. It’s really bright and fun, and covered in Las Vegas-style pinballs and cars. I went through a phase of buying leather jackets, which sounds expensive, but most of them were about 30 quid. I’m a hoarder and often feel like I need to have a big clear-out. My friends and I often do clothes swaps. The trouble is, I come away with even more stuff.
What I wore when… I became a full-time artist
Model Tali Lennox, 24, showed her first solo exhibition, Ashes And Confetti, at New York’s Chelsea hotel in December 2016.
I found this kimono at Chelsea Flea Market in New York. It’s a really junky, filthy, old-school market. The clothes are pretty scuzzy – old, beaten-up jackets you wouldn’t really want to touch – but last year I found this silk robe and I’ve been wearing it ever since. I used to paint in a T-shirt and stained tracksuit bottoms, and wouldn’t change for about three days, which I found quite liberating after doing a lot of modelling. Then I thought, if I’m going to be a reclusive artist, I’d rather wear something that feels more elegant.
I have a super-colourful wardrobe. Guy friends of mine will get lost in there and come out wearing a little sequined crop top. I love dressing up friends in my clothes and I have a little set-up in my apartment where I photograph them.
I’m obsessed with nostalgia and buy only vintage clothes. I don’t enjoy spending a lot of money on fashion, when you can find a whole outfit for less than £50. I don’t often wear high heels, but I have this great pair of rhinestone-studded platform shoes that my mum [singer Annie Lennox] gave me. I also have some of her vintage jackets and I’m a big fan of costume jewellery, which she has a lot of. She loves giving me stuff, so it’s a win-win situation.
Lately, I’ve been drawn to sparkly colours and pink. I wear a lot of Eric Schlösberg, a New York designer, who is kitsch, weird and unafraid of colour. Maybe it’s to do with the loneliness that comes with painting, but it makes me a happier person. If I’m in a bad mood, I wear pink. It makes you feel better.
What I wore when… I started working at Radio 1
DJ Clara Amfo, 33, presents Radio 1’s weekday mid-morning slot.
I love a tour tee. I collect vintage ones: Prince, Tina Turner, Whitney. You need to have bought it from the gig, or at least be a massive fan. My pet hate is when people wear band T-shirts but have no concept of the music. I’m really particular; I will research tour dates and cross reference them with what I see on eBay, because people often sell fake ones.
I bought this OutKast T-shirt when they played Wireless in 2014. When I started my weekday BBC Radio 1 show in May 2015, I was really nervous, so I chose jeans, trainers and this T-shirt, out of comfort. I wanted to wear something that would make me feel good. Even though I’d been at Radio 1Xtra for two years, I didn’t really know what to expect in the way of attention. I thought, let me wear something that feels like me, just in case there is a snapper outside the building.
Part of the appeal of working in radio is that you can roll into work looking like crap. Other days are full hair and makeup situations. When I interviewed Jay-Z for Radio 1’s Live Lounge Month, I wasn’t going to put on a ballgown for him; but Beyoncé is Beyoncé, and I just thought, there’s a chance she might see this on iPlayer.
The night before, my friend Shirley Amartey, who is a stylist, lent me a load of clothes. Her catchphrase is: “For God’s sake, try it on!” I opted for a Weekday bomber jacket, high-waisted jeans from Asos, trainers and a plain white T-shirt. I would never in a million years wear a Beyoncé T-shirt if I was going to meet her. Can you imagine?
What I wore when… I got my dream job
Makeup artist Isamaya Ffrench, 27, began her career face-painting at children’s parties and is now creative artist consultant for Tom Ford Beauty.
This belt is so not me, but preparing to meet Tom Ford, I just thought: “Cinch that waist!” I found it at an Alexander McQueen sample sale where I go every year to find nice, smart stuff; the rest of the time, I’m in sportswear. This belt signifies something quite powerful, because it’s not a belt that holds up trousers, it’s a belt that accentuates your feminine qualities.
I was surprised to be considered for this job, given my background is quite wacky. But once we started talking about our personal tastes, there was a lot of crossover. Our sense of humour is the same. At one point, I was showing Tom my work on my phone and he took it off me and I said: “Wait! Don’t scroll left, there are nudes!” I like to think that’s what got me the job.
I really admire women who dress up. I think about buying those clothes, but would never wear them. I’m drawn to functional pieces such as La Sportiva and Undercover, anything a bit hard – you can’t wear Gucci loafers when you’re dragging three makeup kits between New York and London. I go out of my way to buy things that aren’t designer. I’ve not seen anyone else wearing Adidas goalie trousers or Salomon trekking trainers.
My first big red carpet event was the British Fashion Awards last year. I borrowed vintage Fiorucci trousers with high-waisted chaps, and they gave me the worst camel toe. I was also wearing the Vivienne Westwood platforms that Naomi Campbell wore when she fell over on the catwalk in 1993. And I fell over. I thought, things can’t get any worse. It’s only up from here.
What I wore when… I reopened the Whitechapel Gallery
I bought this black MaxMara number for the reopening. It was the result of eight years’ work, and £13.5m in fundraising. The thrill of the evening was bringing three generations of artists together, from Bridget Riley to Paul Noble to Goshka Macuga, against the backdrop of a tapestry of Picasso’s Guernica, arguably the greatest history painting of the 20th century.
This was possibly the most exciting moment in my career, so I had to be comfortable. When you’re head of an organisation, you can’t run around looking sweaty, you’ve got to look cool, which is a challenge. I have at least 10 black dresses. It’s a bit like having a school uniform; however much I try to change, I always buy the same thing. A typical day might start with a studio visit in Hackney (they’re full of paint, so you have to watch where you sit), followed by a meeting with the Arts Council, then I might have to speak at a dinner. I’ll add something sparkly – Swarovski rings come to my rescue.
If I had the budget, I would love to wear Céline. When I was a baby curator in the late 80s, I wore horrendous giant shoulder pads, like something out of a sci-fi movie. It was a master-of-the-universe moment for women wanting to assert themselves, but it didn’t look very good in retrospect. I still treasure stuff I bought in the 70s from the Biba store in west London. It had the rudest, most over-privileged shop assistants in the world, but it was achingly cool.
Makeup for Clara, Pearl and Isamaya: Bobana Parojcic. Hair for Clara: Virginie P Morera. Hair for Pearl and Isamaya: Laurence Close at Carol Hayes Management. Hair and makeup for Iwona Blazwick: Sam Cooper at Carol Hayes Management
MICHELLE Keegan has announced a new fashion collection with Very.
The actress, 30, shared the news by posting a picture of herself in a sheer gold dress from the range.
Looking absolutely stunning, the Our Girl star oozes glamour while posing in the frock in what appears to be an empty theatre.
She captioned the picture: “So excited to finally announce my new fashion collaboration with @VeryUK #VeryxMichelle Available from 25th September.”
In the shot she has shorter dark brown hair than usual, as she holds out the dress – so it can be seen in all it’s glory.
Very also confirmed the news, writing: “Exciting announcement! ✨ We’ve teamed up with @michkeegan to bring you a new fashion collaboration available from 25th September 🙌🏻 Can’t wait till then? Click the link in bio to sign up for the launch #VeryxMichelle”
Michelle also works alongside Lipsy on a fashion range, so is no stranger to designing dresses and then modelling them.
She is also the face of Revlon and regularly does shoots from them in between filming her various TV shows.
It’s an incredibly exciting time for both Michelle and husband Mark Wright because not only is her career going from strength to strength, but Mark’s is too.
The former Towie star bagged himself a job as a showbiz reporter for US entertainment programme Extra.
And the actress could not be prouder of him and as he flew out to start his job a couple of weeks ago she shared a photo to Instagram Stories showing Mark posing next to the famous Universal Studios sign in Los Angeles on Tuesday.
A good rule of thumb for any entrepreneur is to address the needs of those who feel they have been ignored. For Peter Manning, that meant addressing his own.
Manning, founder of the eponymous New York-based clothing company, is targeting a clientele he can relate to: the 30 million men in the U.S. whose height does not exceed 5 feet, 8 inches; a demographic ill-served by most clothiers. “It’s crazy that the retail industry has ignored this customer,” he says.
For smaller men, having to settle for slightly larger clothing means walking around in baggie pants, billowy shirts and generally looking off. Hiring a tailor as a fix is an annoyance and can be costly.
Manning, who is 49, along with his co-founder and the company’s CEO, Jeff Hansen, have sought to change the shopping reality of the 5’8” and under crowd by designing pants with shorter inseams, shorter neckties, and size appropriate shirts and coats—all in classic men’s casual styles. “We’re not trying to drive trends,” says Manning, “we’re trying to get this guy clothes that fit.”
The company ships about 2,000 orders per month, for products ranging from $28 t-shirts to $600 suits—the jeans are a favorite, at $98 a pair. Established clients of note include George Stephanopoulos and Michael J. Fox, and word has spread steadily enough to bring in profit and growth. “We’ve doubled each year in our first five years of existence,” says Hansen. “It’s been a better reception from people than we ever expected.”
Though about 95% of sales are conducted online, the company operates a fitting store it set up for about $50,000 in Manhattan’s Flatiron District – a third-floor perch so rent is cheaper – where men of slightly smaller stature can visit, be fitted and purchase products that ship from the warehouse. “I see what happens in here,” says Manning, eased back into an upholstered chair in his fitting room lounge. “That guy that’s never been in a shirt that fits, has a 27-inch inseam and talks about shopping being a horrible experience and he hates to do it—I know why he hates to do it: because it’s not been fun. It’s a total drag.”
Manning launched his operation from his apartment in early 2012 on the assumption that others of his stature were feeling the same pain he had. But his experience in the apparel industry was limited. Earlier in life he was drawn to the theater and was on staff at the Manhattan Theater Club. He went on to work in the marketing department of Lincoln Center Theater, and by 1993 he had begun a four-year stint as a producer with the New York Stage and Film Company, eventually producing the Tony Award-winning play Side Man.
He left the theater in 1999 to focus on his family, took on consulting work and earned an architecture degree from Columbia University. Then, in 2007, he built and sold a 30,000 square-foot residential building in Manhattan, in collaboration with real estate developer Robert Siegel.
Manning refers to these sections of his past as his “previous lives,” but says his latest venture has benefited from them. “Entrepreneurship is a kind of producing,” Manning told FORBES. “…To get this off the ground required similar skills — moxy, insanity.”
But moxy and insanity cannot replace know-how and experience. Those were supplied by Hansen, who had previously been CEO of Italian luxury brands La Perla and, later, Frette. Introduced by a mutual friend, Hansen loved the concept and, nine months into the operation, agreed to invest $300,000 and join the company as an equal partner and CEO.
The business had been losing money, Hansen says, largely due to costly third–party warehouse services Manning had set up to store product and ship orders. “I pulled that back in-house,” he said. The company still fulfills all of its orders from its own warehouse in Brooklyn.
Hansen also severed ties with the initial clothing vendors, using his own contacts to set up manufacturing with cut-and-sow operations in Portugal. “It’s kind of a more affordable version of Italy,” says Hansen, “where they still make very good quality stuff but at a lower price.” Peter Manning hit profitability in its fifteenth month.
Getting consumers to take notice in an ongoing struggle. Print advertising hasn’t been a focus due to cost (though the company did place ads in Amtrak’s bi-monthly magazine, The National) and target marketing is a challenge as zeroing in on shorter men is confounding. (One idea, which was never pursued, was to advertise to smaller men on dating websites, as height is logged on user profiles.)
With no obvious answer to how to grab their target consumer, Peter Manning resorted to directing online ads to the general male consumer, using ad-words and retargeting to reach them. Since only three-in-ten men are under 5’8,” 70 cents of every dollar spent on advertising — about 15% of sales — is wasted, says Hansen. Still, he said, when other retailers advertise to mainstream consumers, those consumers have countless other options. Shorter guys do not. “Even though it’s only three out of ten guys, they’re three pretty captive guys.”
To take measurements, Peter Manning has designed an entirely new proprietary system of sizing-up customers, eschewing terms like “small” and “X-Small” for a numbers range representing more diminutive sizes. But does formulating a sizing system that does not exist outside of the company create confusion? Manning insists no: “It allows our customer to know that we are thinking only about them.”
To compound growth, expansion is in the works. The goal, Manning and Hansen say, is to open more fitting rooms in low-cost locations, similar to their Manhattan digs. “It’s a model that I think we can replicate around the country,” says Hansen. The next location on the drawing board, tentatively scheduled to open in January, is Los Angeles.
There is competition, of course, in the form of clothiers like Ash & Erie, Silas Jackson, Jax Everett (for shirts), and Jimmy Au’s (for formal-wear). But more attention to the niche can only benefit all clothiers that cater to it, and Peter Manning will be fighting to be a leader in the space.