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“The YSL”: More (And More) Of Spring’s Standout Updo

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Even after a month of backstage coverage, it’s often hard to tell which beauty trends will have legs off the runway. Neon pouts à la Fendi and Jil Sander seem poised for a Spring takeover, as do Sophy Robson’s adventures in nail art at shows like Giles, Loewe, and Topshop Unique. Call us unimaginative, but we never would’ve guessed that Guido Palau’s middle-parted “inverted roll,” which he introduced at YSL back in October and revisited in a new, braided incarnation at Valentino Couture last week, would become the frontrunner for hairstyle of the season. The look—which starts with a center part and involves coating strands with a gel, like Redken’s Hardwear 16 Super Strong gel mixed with its Glass 01 serum, before a meticulous rolling and tucking process ensues—has also popped up in the pages of Numéro #120 and the March edition of Vogue Nippon, courtesy of Bumble and Bumble’s Laurent Philippon and hairstylist Franco Gobbi, respectively. The overall goal when attempting what Palau calls an “Edwardian meets seventies” updo is forming a tight ridge close to the head for a minimal silhouette. A slashing of dark lipstick—while optional—also seems to add a certain strength. What do you think? Will you be giving this one a go at the New York shows next week?

Photo: Clockwise from to left, Sean & Seng for Numéro #120; Luca Cannonieri / GoRunway.com; Camilla Akrans for Vogue Nippon, March 2011

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