Real-life beauty trends don’t always reflect what we see on the runways, but when it comes to Rihanna, ordinary rules don’t apply. The bona fide fashion icon recently stepped out in NYC sporting cutoffs, a fistful of designer bags, and a superlong ponytail similar to the ones we spotted at Chanel, Kenzo, Valentino, and Bottega Veneta. Selena Gomez tried the trend, too, tying off her sleek pony with a simple black ribbon at the Teen Choice Awards last week. We’re guessing faux strands played a part in both cases, but anyone can go to great lengths by following the steps hair pro Guido Palau took backstage at Bottega: Blow-dry damp hair with a smoothing lotion (like Redken Align) and use a flatiron for sleekness. Part as desired (Rihanna and Selena both divided down the center) and secure your tail at ear level with an elastic. For extra fullness, wrap the base with extensions—hiding the evidence with a small section of hair wound around the band. Want a blunt, clean finish like Selena’s? Hack off the ends with scissors. To get RiRi’s undone look, pull a few pieces out around your face, give the crown a tug for volume, and leave the ends intact.
There are women in this world who look perpetually stunning, and Diane Kruger is one of them. She experiments with cool braids, doesn’t shy away from a head scarf, and counts Karl Lagerfeld and Jason Wu as dear friends. A scrunchie seems like the last thing she would rock…but then we spotted this photo (and consequently did a double take). Kruger, she just wants to shock and awe us at every turn—and perhaps get in on the stylistic resurgence the ’90s is currently enjoying. That, or she woke up with a hangover and just couldn’t deal with her hair. (Hey, we’ve all been there.) We’ll accept any of the aforementioned explanations.
Curly hair, don’t care—that’s the motto that models Joan Smalls and Jourdan Dunn seem to have adopted. Before Dunn’s ringlets were flattened with water as part of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, the Brit beauty exhibited a fluffy halo of waves. Smalls captioned her selfie on Instagram in two languages, stating: “Finally my curls are back. Finalmente mis rizos. #curls #allnatural.” We’re glad both supers—typically seen sporting straight, glossy strands—gave their hair a well-deserved vacation before all that glorious texture is brushed, ironed, and shellacked into submission for the Spring 2015 shows.
Haters are gonna hate, but Taylor Swift is just gonna shake…shake it off. And she’s gonna do it with some “hella good” hair, a cheerleading squad…and a Ribbon Dancer? Swift’s first “official” pop album, dubbed 1989 after her birth year, was inspired by “bright colors, bold choices, and rebellion,” she noted during today’s livestream on Yahoo, as well as the late ’80s. It’s too bad T. Swift wasn’t around for the majority of the glorious decade because we experienced those beauty trends the first time around and they were nothing short of magical (a magic Swift seems to have abolished in a matter of four minutes). The songstress strategically left out some iconic signatures from our adolescence (like crimps, side ponytails, and scrunchies), but we’ll give her partial credit for working in powder blue eyeshadow and a boom box. One thing, however, that should never appear in an ode to the totally awesome ’80s: twerking. We kept it clean with The Cabbage Patch dance between episodes of Alf. Here, the only aspect of this video we can get on board with: foiled lips (solely because Jem and the Holograms would probably approve).
There are few people who can pull off metallic underliner, black cat-eyes, pink braids and bangs, and a skintight silver jumpsuit, but for Lily Allen, it’s all in a day’s work. Never one to study the art of subtlety, the singer took to the V Festival stage in Chelmsford, England, rocking a look reminiscent of Chanel’s Spring 2014 Couture show. As face painter Peter Philips explained of the makeup backstage in January, the graphic wing lent “iconic” appeal, while the silver sparkle on the lower lashes provided the “magic.” Rita Ora took cues from the same storied French house on stage, but combined elements from two different seasons: Fall 2014′s “exaggerated” ponytails laced with tweed rags and Spring 2012′s mermaid hair adorned with jumbo pearls—both created by mane master Sam McKnight. We applaud both Brits for taking risks and making some of the runway’s biggest beauty hits their own. As they say across the pond: Brilliant.