Wearing a turban might sound intimidating, but in truth, it's one of the best ways to disguise a bad hair day. Wrap a cotton scarf around your head and boom, instant polish. A silk scarf also happens to be an excellent way to add a dose of glamour to a cocktail frock.The Inspiration
Turbans pop up on runways--Prada, Jean Paul Gaultier, Anna Sui-- and red carpets--think Elizabeth Taylor, Sofia Loren, Barbra Streisand--but made their most recent appearance atop Marc by Marc Jacobs' S/S 13 collection. Redken's Guido, who created the look, says, "We wrapped these bright fabrics around the head, and then pinned the hair up into a very messy chignon. This is a very easy, simple style."
On The Red Carpet
Not surprisingly, Hollywood offers the most glamorous interpretation. Rachel Zoe wore a vintage Dior turban to the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Los Angeles this month, turning her black maxi dress into a statement-making ensemble. Last month, at the Toronto Film Festival, Eva Mendes complemented her Dolce & Gabbana dress with a homemade silk version created by hairstylist Rolando Beauchamp. "I took fabric and just sewed it up!"
On the Street
For a more casual version of the trend, channel Chloe Sevigny, who paired her printed Hermes scarf with matching lipstick and a denim jacket. A simple solid-color version works too, as former longtime Teen Vogue Beauty and Special Projects Director Eva Chen demonstrates. Chen is loyal to her Jennifer Behr raw-silk version--made special for her by the designer--which she paired with a high bun and natural makeup throughout Fashion Month.
To make a statement, try L. Erickson USA's Silk Charmeuse Knot Turban Headband ($72), or check out Namrata Joshipura's Dee Embellished Turban ($38). Behr's Washed Silk Stretch Turban ($118) is great for a casual look, as is Eugenia Kim's Chiara Turban Headband ($77). You can also wrap a silk scarf or plain fabric around your head, keeping the ends concealed in the back, like on Mendes, above. Whether you're hitting the snooze button or trying to turn your outfit into a statement, a turban is all you need.