Beauty Minimal hair is a key trend for spring/summer 2015 Milan Fashion Week

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Minimal Milan hair Minimal hair is a key trend for spring/summer 2015 Milan Fashion Week Models, from left: Roberto Cavalli, Jil Sander and Alberta Ferretti. Photos: Imaxtree.com

The fashions are colourful and the patterns are rich and wild, but the hair in Milan is pretty minimal. The master behind this effortlessly chic look is Guido Palau. For Alberta Ferretti, he created what he described as “hippie hair you’d see on an Ibiza kind of girl.” He made the centre part using his fingers and then applied a curling iron to create some loose movement. A spritz of Redken Fashion Waves was added to put some kink in the hair and add a sun-kissed dry texture. “It’s a slight flatness, like you’ve been in the sun all season,” he explained. “It’s not about shine, and it’s not about being too complicated. Easy hair is what feels very modern.” At Roberto Cavalli, it was a similar story: simple and naturally blown with a touch of Redken Satinwear. The hair was gently messed up “to give it some personality,” he said. At Jil Sander, the look was a little more boyish with its side part but still created the impression of a woman who is living in the moment.

Not all the hair was minimal. What braid is making its own beauty waves…

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Events Meet the fashion season’s new face: Morta Kontrimaite

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Morta model e1411161177787 Meet the fashion seasons new face: Morta Kontrimaite Albanian model Morta Kontrimaite moments before her Prada spring/summer 2015 debut in Milan.

Morta Kontrimaite’s first name may not be especially auspicious—it means “death” in Italian—but her debut at Prada this week certainly was. I caught up with the 18-year-old Albanian model while I was doing the backstage circuit yesterday. I wanted to interview a first-timer because the Prada show is known to be one of the most coveted and nerve-racking modelling gigs in the circuit. (Some models make it through the casting and fitting hoops only to be dropped moments before the show begins.) For a novice, Morta was handling the scene with surprising aplomb. “After I did Calvin Klein in New York, my booker said that Prada might use me,” she explained. “I’m feeling a little stressed, but to keep calm I’m just thinking about my family, my friends—and my life. I’m not going to think about all those people looking at me!” Gemma Ward opened the show, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see Morta in that spot one day.

Curious to know what Guido Palau asked Morta and her fellow Prada models to do before the show? Thought so…

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Culture The design festival you can’t miss this weekend

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KEDD contemporary design festival toronto The design festival you cant miss this weekendArtwork by Thrush Holmes

Good news! Tomorrow there will be another good reason (besides the delicious lattes from Rooster Coffee House) to take a stroll down King East in Toronto. The newly-revitalized and self-proclaimed “Design District of Toronto” is celebrating contemporary art and design in all its forms with a one day festival (aptly named KEDD, which stands simply for King East Design District). Already well-known for its vibrant mix of historic buildings, slick cubes of condos and some of the city’s best interior design showrooms, the area is perfectly in sync with festival’s mission statement: to be a creative hub for contemporary design in Canada. When the festivities take over King and Adelaide streets (running east from Church to Parliament), the hope is that the neighbourhood will transform into a life-sized interactive public art gallery with no shortage of renowned international and home grown talent. Fifteen installations will feature creations of TYPOE, Thrush Holmes (his work acted as the backdrop to the cover of our May 2014 art-themed issue, featuring Rose Byrne), Gary Taxali and many others.

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