A Superpretty Braided-Bun Idea, Courtesy of Gigi Hadid

Today, Karl Lagerfeld will restage Chanel's Paris-Salzburg fashion show here in New York City (the brand's Mйtiers d'Art collection that debuted in Austria back in December). To celebrate the occasion, Lagerfeld did not go to one of the many German beer halls here in the City but rather threw a fabulous boat party on the Hudson River. The fete included fashion's elite (Alexa Chung, Mia Moretti), fashion models of the moment (Kendall, Cara), and celebs including Emily Ratajkowski and Katy Perry. And while the weather may have bit a bit too chilly to really enjoy being on a late-night cruise, you would never have known it from model Gigi Hadid's fresh, spring-y updo. Inspired by the event's nautical theme, hairstylist Jennifer Yepez created a braided bun that felt both effortless and cool, she says. "[It's] a beautiful look for anyone who loves braids and a bit of texture." And here, she tells us exactly how to try it at home (and shares some behind-the-scenes pictures).

1. "Gigi's hair has a slight wave already, so I just sprayed in a bit of Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray. If you don't have the texture, I suggest prepping your hair withOribe Surfcomber Mousse and rough-drying it with your fingers and a diffuser attachment."

2. "Once you have the texture, pick a few places where you want your braids to be and start braiding—it can be a fishtail or a regular braid; both work well. Braid your hair from the root to the very ends and secure with a clear elastic. On Gigi, I did two braids on each side, but feel free to add more."

3. "After all the tiny braids are finished, spray Oribe Texturizing Spray all over before pulling the hair back into a loose, low ponytail."


4. "Then take a few pieces in the ponytail and make a few braids, depending on how much hair you have (the more hair you have, the more braids you can get away with). Remember to pull out a few pieces of hair from the braid—it's not meant to be perfect."

5. "Once you're done with the braids throughout the ponytail, take the tail and twist it all the way to the ends. Then wrap it into a bun and pin it in place."

6. "To finish, use a little more Oribe Texturizing Spray to add more texture. If you need some hold, I'd use a lightweight hair spray, like Oribe Superfine Hair Spray."

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From Africa to Auburn: style goes international

Growing up, I was used to seeing images of American women on TV wearing itsy-bitsy shorts — which I later came to learn were called Daisy Dukes — and bikini tops. They would be walking around the city, and it was normal.

I was raised as a typical African child in the ’90s. It was unheard of to see women wearing clothes that exposed too much skin. This meant nothing above the kneecaps. Women who wore garments that were too tight and too short were automatically believed to be women of the night.

As I grew older, I became a little bit more daring and wore skirts that were slightly above my kneecaps, and my grandmother detested it, saying I was sending the wrong message to the public, so I stuck to jeans because wearing pants was much safer and resulted in less public criticism.

Meghalaya’s Jessica crowned Sunsilk Mega Miss NE

I was always envious of the American women who I’d see going to the swimming pool with two-piece swimsuits that seemed to just cover areas that weren’t supposed to see the light of day. It seemed risquй, but the 13-year-old me thought, ”Wow, they are basically wearing underwear out in public, and it is OK.”

As times continued to change and Western cultures continued to be adopted way beyond the West, more things became acceptable; girls would wear much tighter skirts or pants.

In 2010, I relocated to the United States. To say I was not ready for the difference in fashion is an understatement. I came during the peak of summer, and I saw girls wearing the mysterious Daisy Dukes. I tried to picture myself in them, but it was impossible.

However, within the past five years or so, Kenyan fashion has evolved and more things have become acceptable.

With this digital age, the Internet has become a staple source of information, and thus the existence of more fashion blogs all around the world.

With fashion bloggers here in the United States, such as Aimee Song, or Song of Style, and ones in Kenya, such as Sharon Mundia or This Is Ess, the similarity between American fashion and Kenyan fashion has become apparent.

The trends are similar in both cultures, but the designs may be different. It has become more common to see girls in shorter or tighter shorts, pants, skirts or dresses; and the idea of skinny jeans among guys is also normal in Kenya.

However, it is still close to impossible to see girls wearing garments that expose too much, as this is considered disrespectful to the community and to herself.

Western fashion is a lot more of ”Wear what you please because it is your body,” and Kenyan fashion, and African fashion in general, is more of ”Wear what you please so long as it is acceptable in public.”

Being exposed to fashion across cultures has been a learning experience and taught me that it is easy for cultures to spread globally, but the original ideals of a society may take a long time to shift, if ever.

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Duchess of Cambridge's hair is back to its glossy best as she arrives at Wimbledon

The Duchess of Cambridge opted for a new hairstyle as she met schoolchildren yesterday - and it stole the limelight, for all the wrong reasons.

Instead of her usual relaxed waves, Kate’s glossy mane was pinned in a half-up, half-down style, back-combed on top, and teased into tight ringlets provoking fans to describe it as 'dated'.

However, as she arrived at Wimbledon today for the quarter finals, the Royal's hair was back to its glossy best.

Back at its glossy best! A glossy maned Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William arrive on Centre Court ahead of the quarter final match between Sabine Lisicki of Germany and Simona Halep of Romania

Back at its glossy best! A glossy maned Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William arrive on Centre Court ahead of the quarter final match between Sabine Lisicki of Germany and Simona Halep of Romania

The 32-year-old looked summertime chic wearing a recycled dress by Australian designer, Zimmerman.

Kate last wore the white lace sundress as she and William attended the Royal Easter Show at Olympic Park in Sydney in April.

Shoppers crashed the website of the Australian designer after the Duchess of Cambridge chose the label for the third day of the couple's Down Under tour.

Today, she paired the knee-length 'Roamer' day dress, which retails at £274 (AUD $495) and has been previously worn by Australian actress Naomi Watts, with a pair of beige corked wedge heels and as usual, carried a small wicker clutch bag.

Zimmerman is one of Australia's best known designer labels, often seen on the back of the fashion elite

Equally famous for their swimsuits as well as their sophisticated and delicate clothing, sisters Nicky and Simone Zimmermann founded their namesake label in 1991 in Sydney.

The much-loved brand has become synonymous with Australian style, and is stocked internationally as well as in boutiques and department stores around Australia.

She also had a red pashmina to hand in case of any chilly breezes later on today as she laughed and joked with husband William in the Royal Box.

Her parents, Carol and Michael, as well as William's cousin Princess Beatrice were also out in force in SW19 today.

An avid fan of tennis, Kate and sister Pippa famously sat front row in the Royal Box two years ago when Andy Murray was defeated by Roger Federer.

As for the tennis, Kate will witness the quarter final match between Sabine Lisicki of Germany and Simona Halep of Romania during the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis Club.

At 2pm, she will see Murray continue his title defence in the second match on Centre Court against Dimitrov.

It's been a busy week for the new mother who yesterday joined comedian John Bishop at a London Primary School.

Wearing a shocking salmon pink dress by her new favourite label, Goat, Kate sank to her knees to chat to youngsters who cheered and waved the English flag.

The Duchess visited the Blessed Sacrament School in Islington, north London, to view the progress of M-PACT Plus, a project which helps address the difficult issue of addiction in families.

The Duchess launched M-PACT Plus with comedian John Bishop on a visit to Manchester in 2013 when she was pregnant with her son, Prince George.

The project is funded by The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry - the vehicle for the trio's charitable initiatives - in conjunction with Comic Relief and two charities of which Kate is royal patron, Place2be and Action on Addiction.

M-PACT Plus provides early support for school children affected by a parent's drug or alcohol misuse.

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