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Few accessories have aroused such commentary, for and against, than the flower crown, so trendy of late among the neo-hippie festival crowd. Despite detractors, these decorative headpieces, whose history in mythology and art can be traced back to ancient civilizations, show no signs of fading from favor. Not only was actress Fan Bingbing a flower-crowned vision on the red carpet at Cannes this week, but, thanks to a new exhibit at the New York Botanical Garden, Fridamania (appreciation of the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, who often wore flowers in her hair) is raging.
It’s a look that has roots. In agrarian societies, tied to the land and the seasons, flower crowns had great symbolic meaning. Worn for practical and ceremonial reasons, they could illustrate status and accomplishment (Olympic olive wreaths). The language of flowers and herbs was well-known, with each carrying its own meaning (“There’s rosemary, that’s for remembering. Please remember, love. And there are pansies, they’re for thoughts,” says Ophelia in Hamlet.) Full of significance, floral headdresses were woven into the social and dress traditions of places as distant as Russia and Hawaii.
With increasing industrialization the flower crown became a romantic sign of the simple “country” life (longed for, in a stylized version, by Marie Antoinette) and increasingly appreciated for its decorative value. While brides continued the ceremonial traditions of flower-wearing, it was the earth-mother hippies who have most influenced the accessory’s current incarnation. Finding themselves partying rather than plowing, these flower children would truss their slept-in hair with wildflowers to signify their connection to nature.
As part of its "Choose Beautiful" campaign, Dove visited five cities around the world (San Francisco, Shanghai, Delhi, London, São Paolo) and presented two entrance options for women based on how they view themselves. People could walk through the door labeled "Beautiful" or enter through the "Average" door.
At first, most of the women choose the average pathway, but as the video progresses, more and more women work up the courage to take the beautiful route.
One woman who chose the "Beautiful" door describes the experience as "quite a triumphant feeling. It was like telling the world, 'I think I'm beautiful.'"
Who knew the simple task of choosing an entrance could be so empowering? Watch the video for yourself below.
Cult make-up artist Ellis Faas has a secret passion: photography. As a teenager, she accumulated self-portraits, which sharpened her passion for make-up and the art of transformation. This spring, her vintage photos are being sold at the Makeup Show exhibition in Los Angeles. We meet Ellis, in an exclusive interview for Vogue.fr.
Article by By Carole Sabas translated by Lowri Evans the 20 March 2015, Vogue Paris
Oribe Hair Care was backstage at more than two dozen shows during the most recent New York Fashion Week, and our hairstylists created a variety of looks to complement the designers’ Fall/Winter 2015 collections. The styles that make their way down the runway are regularly a precursor to what we’ll be seeing in magazines, on red carpets and in salons in the months to come, so we broke down the top hair trends you should be on the lookout for. Our lead hairstylists updated the ponytail, played with texture, kept it natural and slicked hair down, offering a variety of options for you to experiment with.
There was a lot of beautiful hair, makeup and fashion at the 2015 Academy Awards! Embellished dresses were not to be missed, and as a consequence of perhaps the super-glammed gowns and the less-than-ideal rainy weather, there were a lot of no-fuss hairstyles trending—but we didn't mind.
So much of being a stylist is knowing when you need to let something shine, such as a gorgeous dress or bold makeup, and it seems like a lot of behind-the-scenes stylists were doing just that.
Take a look at the trends we noticed:
- Updos: Sleek, low-key upstyles
- Down styles: Smoothed, side-parted shorter styles
- Makeup: Red lips
- Color comeback: chunky highlights