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Best in (Bridal) Show: Wow Hair & Dresses To Match

Wow Wedding Hair To Match Your Dress

What do you get when four of Australia’s leading designers collaborate with four incredible hair brands and their creative directors? A heaven bridal catwalk show.

Check out The Royal Botanic Runway Show and how the creative hair teams complemented each designer’s fashion collection with hair looks to, well, turn heads… Oh, fashion and beauty. A match made in heaven!


The designer: Aurelio Costarella

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The hair maestro: Jamie Furlan, L’Oréal Professionnel Hair Director

Perfect ‘do for… garden, beach or vineyard setting.

The style:  A deep side part with hair pulled back into a twisted bun at the nape of the neck.  “The look is very fashion forward without being too complex,” explains Jamie. “It’s very clean, classy and sophisticated. I’ve worked a slight 90s feel into it by creating a soft rise at the roots around the hair line… but it’s the sleekness and shine which gives it a sophisticated finish.”

Key Products L’Oréal Professionnel Volume Lift mousse, $25.00, L’Oréal Professionnel Liss Control cream, $25.00 and L’Oréal Professionnel Infinium Hairspray, $15.00,


The designer: Collette Dinnigan

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The hair maestro Mark Thompson,  Redken 5th Avenue NYC Hair Director

Perfect ‘do for… a relaxed country celebration or garden party.

The style:  A beautiful feminine look with hair braided low, which was then twisted and folded into a low bun and secured at the nape. The texture of the hair was kept very natural with a strong centre part. “The hair look is very beautiful, clean and expensive, “explains Mark. “It’s a modern take on a Grecian Goddess look with a little 70s inspiration in there too, thanks to the twisting and roping techniques used at the back… What’s key to this look is its’ ethereal quality through the natural, wispy and soft texture.”

Key Products Redken Pillow Proof Blow Dry Express Primer, $30.95, Redken Move Ability 05 defining cream paste, $27.95, Redken Control Addict 28 Hairspray, $27.95  or 1300 650 170


The designer: Martin Grant

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The hair maestro: Andrea De Deugd , Matrix Hair Director

Perfect ‘do for… the modern bride. Think a luxe cocktail party or waterside nuptials (or on a yacht).

The style:  Sleek ponytails with a strong, clean centre part and secured at the nape. The hair on either side of the face sat over the ears to create a sleek line and to frame the face. “The beauty of this look is in its simplicity… I’m calling it the Couture Ponytail,” explains Andrea. “Even though the style is classic what makes it more luxurious is the healthy, beautiful shine and the strong centre part… the hair looks gorgeous and really polished.”

Key Products: Matrix Design Pulse Go Big Mousse $20.95, Matrix Design Pulse Surround Shine, $20.95 and Matrix Design Pulse Smooth Shield Hairspray, $20.95.

The designer: Akira Isogawa

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The hair maestro: Stavros Tavrou, Shu Uemura Art of Hair Artist

Perfect ‘do for… the fashion forward Bride.

The style:  Inspired by Japanese hair designs, Stavros Tavrou’s stunning up-style for Akira mimicked origami folding techniques, to create a very traditional yet modern look. The hair was pulled completely off the face and positioned asymmetrically at the back of the head just below the crown. The lengths were then folded through to create a bun shape and the lengths wrapped and folded at the base. “For the look I drew heavily on Japanese Culture for inspiration. The bun is a creative take on the sumo knot while the texture of the hair is very organic and free, which gives a beautiful softness to the overall look,” explains Stavros.

Key Products: Shu Uemura Art of Hair Satin Design, $45.00, Shu Uemura Art of Hair Sheer Lacquer, $45.00 and Shu Uemura Art of Hair Depsea Foundation, $47.00


Written by Franki Hobson

Franki Hobson has worn many hats during her many years as a women's lifestyle journalist and editor. Her launching pad was COSMOPOLITAN magazine, where she moved from News & Entertainment Editor to Features Director, covering everything from the legalisation of the Morning After Pill to Gwen Stefani, fashion, beauty, sex, health, fitness, entertainment and relationships.

Franki Hobson is a contributing lifestyle writer for The Carousel.

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