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Holiday 2012 is set to be the season of sophistication! The Fall bridal runways were electric with pops of cool white and jewel-tone colors, elaborate head pieces, as well as the return of sleek hair styles and the use of braids. I for one, am excited to see a shift in hair trends moving away from 'un-done' styles towards a more polished and refined look. So let's take a look at what you can expect and how you can incorporate these looks into your big day.

The return of WHITE
The last few years have been filled with warmer tones such as beige, gold, and blush- in both dresses and accessories. But Winter 2012 is the start of a shift back towards the classic cool white. We will see white lace and feathers paired with silver and diamond accents in hair accessories and veils. These formal pairings work great with sleek hair styles such as the top knot, french twist, or finger waves. The overall look is very sophisticated and works for the 'winter wonderland' type wedding theme. Can't you just see the snow falling in the background?

Jewel-tones worth talking about
Pops of color were everywhere on the runways this Fall- and the overall color palette was rich and deep. Try adding colors such as deep red, teal, amethyst, and even black to your color scheme. It's unexpected but ubber luxurious looking when these saturated colors are paired with crisp white. The headpieces, such as the one pictured, are breathtaking to say the least, and work best with very simple hair styles. I suggest a polished pony tail or low chignon, so the look reads very editorial and not too over done. These head pieces photograph so well- and a picture is worth a thousand words! Not quite so bold? Try incorporating a deep red or berry lipstick instead.

Braids, Braids, Braids
We just can't seem to get enough braiding these days- and the bridal world has taken to the trend as well. A braided bun adds loads of interest and texture to an updo and works with a more casual daytime wedding, as well as an evening event- it all depends on the accessories you partner with it. Several designers this season chose oversized braids cascading down one side or straight down the back. To achieve this look, consider adding in some extra hair to get the desired thickness and length. I usually suggest using 18-inch extensions sewn into a weft that can be pinned in at the nape of the neck and then braided into the design, for added oomph that is easily removed when the event s over.

Cheers to a sophisticated winter bridal season!

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