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Clip Your Hair Back And Forth

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Certain runway beauty looks are better left on the catwalk—take, for example, the amphibious facial prosthetics Peter Philips employed at Alexander McQueen’s Spring 2010 show; great for a photo op, less so for the office. There are other movements hatched backstage, however, that we hope and pray to see more of. As we noted in September, barrettes fall into the latter category. They made a strong showing at Cynthia Rowley, Carolina Herrera, Prabal Gurung, and Badgley Mischka, but it was their cameo at Rodarte that gave us the strongest heart palpitations. There, slid into texturized, deep side parts, 1960′s schoolgirl style, were handmade clips courtesy of Kate and Laura Mulleavy. Fast-forward to last week, and every major online fashion outlet there is was noting how Gisele Bündchen rocked the look with a head-to-toe Prada ensemble on the February cover of Vogue China. And just last night, Kirsten Dunst followed suit at a Bulgari-hosted charity event in L.A. “If it looks undone, it’s better,” hairstylist Allison Woodruff from New York’s Marie Robinson Salon explains of the style. “A lot of it is based on your outfit and your makeup, but if it’s too polished or the curls are too perfect, it can look costume-y.” Her recommendation for pulling it off if you’re not a supermodel or one of Hollywood’s brightest stars is to prep your tresses with a salt spray, like Sachajuan’s Ocean Mist, for grit and a matte texture. “If it’s beachy and roughed up, it’s more modern,” she advises. Then there’s the issue of barrette selection, which just may be the most enjoyable part of the whole process. We’ve always been fans of the simple, Goody tortoiseshell variety, but we get the feeling that there may be some designer options coming our way in the near future should the trend persist (fingers crossed).

Photo: Clockwise from top left, Courtesy of Aveda; Patrick Demarchelier for Vogue China, February 2011; Steve Granitz / WireImage / Getty Images; Frazer Harrison / Getty Images at Badgley Mischka

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