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Stylish Chicagoans celebrated eDrop-Off‘s 10th Anniversary in collaboration with the pop-up shop launch party for Silhouette, a fragrance by Christian Siriano, hosted by the designer and eDrop-Off founder Corri McFadden at Chicago’s famed Waldorf Astoria.  Along with fragrance and clothing sales, the event featured models wearing gowns by Siriano, a quick-change into looks from The Collection by eDrop-Off, the newly launched retail concept by the designer consignment store, and hair designed by yours truly.

The inspiration behind the hair was to create a strong, but feminine, look to offset the couture gowns that the models were wearing the first half of the evening.  The mohawk silhouette accentuated the models’ features, while the braids maintained a air of softness to ultimately create the ‘warrior princess’ look that you see below.

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The second half of the event, the models changed into ready-to-wear looks from The Collection by eDrop-Off, and I switched up the hair by incorporating wigs of bobs in varying lengths to give the looks a more street style appeal.

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 Hair by: Joseph Bartucci

Models: 10MGMT

women’s hair trends: the braid

Every season braids make a comeback in a different way.  What makes this look contemporary is the use of an African-style braid, while letting the front ends of the hair hang long and wispy.  The braid allows all of the hair to be pulled back to emphasize facial features, and the loose ends create a softer, more feminine look.  The key to a great braid is having texture in the hair, and it works well a day or two after washing.  For clean hair, try using Bumble and Bumble Styling Lotion to give the hair some grip.

Alexander McQueen A/W ’14

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images via Style.com