Monday, 15 September 2014

Elegant and chic – without the price tag

“Simple, yet elegant sums up the best look for you and your hair,” said Emma Mitchell, who in my books, is one of Daniel Galvin’s star stylists.

Emma explained what women want now is to look classy and chic without having a  price tag. “It is all about effortless hair and clothes that look expensive and tasteful, without flashing a label,” she said. “People are not now so trend led,” she added.

A couple of days later I was speaking to the PR at Lancôme who told me that the house would not be bringing out an autumn colour story, which is the first time that has happened in years. I have also noticed that my friends and I are not as preoccupied with Fashion Week as we once were.

It looks as if more and more women no longer want to be caught up in the heady world of fashion. I wholeheartedly agree with Emma’s sentiment that fashion and style do not necessary go hand in hand.  I have always believed that style is far more important. 

Fashion is usually associated with a trend related to a particular moment of time. Style is about how you put yourself together with your own distinctive stamp. It is about self-expression, wearing what makes you feel good so that you radiate confidence and paints a picture of who you really are. The stylish woman adapts trends that will work with her lifestyle to suit her and ignores the rest.

Coco Chanel is reputed to have said: “Fashion fades, only style remains the same.” Think of Audrey Hepburn who celebrated her own uniqueness. Style is not something you buy. Anybody can go into Chanel and dress themselves head to toe, providing they can pick up the tab. Style is about making the most of yourself and knowing how to create a presence.

Whatever the occasion, if you are dressed in Prada or Primark, if your hair is a mess then you look and feel a mess. Whether you are in the jungle or walking along the King’s Road in London, as this blog is called, it really is All About Hair. 

This is a sentiment Emma echoes. She is the hairdresser to have on speed dial.

By Daralyn Danns