A hint of nostalgia churned with a surprising twist of modernity was the theme for Prada’s spring 2012 collection. While the knife-pleated chiffon skirts rang the 1950s doorbell, the quirky prints brought back quirkiness from the sixties. This Milan show struck a playful and affirmative chord via the clothes, and the hair and make-up further enhanced its ladylike elegance. On this runway, even the hair reverted back to a little girl’s age with the neat side parting, tucked hair behind the ear (to show off the studded earrings, of course) and soft curls at the back. The Redken hair team worked with Miuccia Prada to create this 2012 hairstyle that would compliment the fashion without outdoing it. They share with us a step-by-step how to guide after the break. If you’d like to make sure that you don’t miss any of the other looks in our 2012 hair trends guide, you can subscribe to our newsletter or RSS feed. The how to: Redken’s Creative Consultant Guido says this hairstyle is akin to a girl getting ready for a tea party by curling her hair and using bobby pins to hold it together. “…she did her hair herself. It’s kind of homemade, not finished, the hair of a woman with a David Lynch darkness – she’s more night than day with her hair. But she is overall a Prada woman because there is a refinement to her quirkiness,” he said. To achieve the look: Apply some blow-dry lotion (the Redken team used Satinwear 02) to towel-dry hair. While the hair is still damp, create a clean left side part and secure with a bobby pin on the right side. Also, tuck hair behind the ears (while hair is 75 per cent dry). Use a blow dryer to dry the hair without using too much heat in this setting (steps 2 and 3). Prada’s curls on the runway. Image: Imaxtree. Once hair is completely dry, section the back hair to start curling. You may apply a curl-enhancing lotion in this step (Redken’s Hot Sets 22 is recommended by Guido), but it’s not vital. Curl sections of the hair with either a curling iron or a GHD straightener. If unsure of your curling capabilities, ask a friend to help you out, as the curls are predominantly at the back. Once curled, leave them in. Don’t brush the curls out, even with your fingers. Spray hair spray all through the curls. Apply hairspray on a paddle brush and comb through the crown of the head. This will keep the flyaways at bay. Prada’s girlish curls – back view. Image: Imaxtree. How to wear the style With curls, it depends on the sustainability of each curl, so as to predict its teaming with clothes and accessories. Prada worked the look with fifties-style bikinis just as well as it did with the midi-length pencil skirts. Whatever it may be, this hairstyle is girly-ness galore and boosts incredible amounts of femininity. To justify the look, pick from sundresses, crop tops, floral prints and ‘60s-style pieces. However, since the hair is tucked behind the ear, take the style tip from Prada and go big on earrings and bracelets. Thanks to Guido and the Redken team for sharing this how-to from backstage at Prada spring / summer 2012. For more hair trends and how-tos, keep an eye on our hair trends guide at that link. Main image courtesy Redken.