Hair how to: Felicity Brown’s disheveled Victoriana

Felicity Brown’s beautiful collection for spring 2012 took inspiration from Victorian lady adventurers in Africa, such as Kathryn Hepburn in ‘African Queen’. Her focus was on combining the influences from both cultures, bringing together the similarities in traditional African neck adornments with elaborate Victorian tailoring. This made for a stunning and vibrant collection whilst still incorporating Felicity’s signature style.

Her presentation was held in the ballroom at London’s Royal Opera House to create a stunning backdrop to showcase her collection. The moment you walked through the doors of the grand ballroom, it was a moment of surreal beauty. With the sounds of live classical music in the background, surrounded by Felicity’s beautiful models and London’s fashion elite sipping champagne, actually felt like you were transported to a high society party in the Victorian era for the afternoon.

Hair echoed the Victorian theme with a beautiful yet disheveled feel. The look, created by Hob Academy’s Andrea Martinelli and his team consisted of two braids through the top combined with a ‘rosebud’ technique through the underneath to create structure within the shape.

felicity brown spring 2012 hairstyle

How to: Felicity Brown’s modern-Victorian hair

Prep the hair with a mousse of your choice – the team backstage at Felicity Brown used Sebastian Mousse Forte – and blowdry in for extra control.
Take a U shape from the top of the crown to the low recession area either side of the forehead. Section the lengths of hair underneath away with a clip.
Divide the U shape roughly into 2 sections (this doesn’t need to be a straight line).
From the crown loosely braid both sections, finishing with a plait at the end.

felicity brown spring 2012 hair

Using medium sized curling tongs, curl all the hair underneath. The curls should be done in roughly 1 inch sections.

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Starting at the bottom, go through curl by curl, teasing each section into a ‘rosebud’ shape and mist with hairspray such as Sebastian Reshaper.
Pin into place with a grip or bobby pin that matches your hair colour. Continue until there is no hair left.

felicity brown hair how to

Incorporate the braids into the underneath section by twisting them back gently off the face and pinning them to join the underneath.
Complete the style with a final mist of hairspray to hold it in place.

felicity brown runway hairstyle

For more hairstyle ideas and how-tos, visit our 2011 hair trends guide at that link.

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Based in London, Mariesa has a background as a hair colourist and makeup artist, giving her a unique perspective into the world of fashion. A self confessed
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