PLAIT IT PLEASE

In this increasingly globalized world, the myriad of self-expressive and unique styling we are part and parcel to each day is reflected in the braid, as Spring's lead stars as a hopeless messy romantic, sand-washed desert drifter and tightly wound multi-plaited ultra-tasker. The versatile braid is twisted and turned for intricate detail, while remaining nostalgic for her loose and whimsy Midwest roots. 

Read the New York Times article - Braids Are Back On Top.

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Photo credits: Photographer Anna Llamas, Saint Laurent Spring Summer 2017, Photographer Anna Llamas, Photographer Reiko Wakai, Unknown, Photographers Claudia Knoepfel & Stefan Indlekofer, Photographer Nadine Ijewere

Everyday Romance

The mid-length bob may be 2017's haircut of the year, but the standout accessory amidst the baubles and treasures of flea market finds is one plucked directly from the sewing kit. This haberdashery trend combines rich, jewel tones with wide, soft fabric ties and sparkling magpie brooches. 

Elegant, everyday styling techniques such as buns, ponytails and braids are a key look for the season and a velvet ribbon doubles as a headband and hair tie. Brooches worn as clips offer a pretty, vintage feel for contemporary wedding hair. For nails, layer small gems and pearls over polish for a softer take on the embellished eclectic. 

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Credits: Lanyu Fall Winter 17/18, Mila Schon Fall Winter 17/18, Unknown, Temperley Fall Winter 17/18, Photographer Camilla Akrans, Toga Fall Winter 17/18, Antonio Marras FW 17/18. 

Get Smoother, Shinier, Healthier, Stronger Frizz-Free Hair!

Get Smoother, Shinier, Healthier, Stronger Frizz-Free Hair!

Bespoke is now offering a new Keratin Smoothing Treatment by Cezanne. A revolutionary and safe new Keratin treatment that creates smoother, frizz-free hair, restores natural shine, and gives hair a healthier, more manageable texture with movement. For EVERY hair type. Safe and 100% formaldehyde free! NO VAPOR. NO FUMES. NO NEED FOR MASKS OR VENTILATION.  It's natures way of smoothing.

The benefits : 100% formaldehyde free. Cezanne Smoothing Treatment works on all hair types and the results last. Unlike many other traditional keratin smoothing treatments, there is no down-time needed after application, so hair can be washed, coloured or styled immediately, including with a hot iron.

Hair Nowstalgia

The hair of the season is all about nostalgia - from the 1960s through the 1990s. Natural curls and waves are seeing a resurgence, with new styling techniques offering inspiration for every hair type. Soft 70s waves and flicks celebrate hair health and vitality, while tousled tresses and loosely worn braids have a whimsical boho feel. Long and teased ringlets mix with plaited texture and 80s sci-fi references merge with modern styling. The neutrality of 90s androgyny showcases natural, gender blending beauty with a focus on simplicity and natural skin.

Credits: Co Pre-Fall 2017; Ellie Saab Pre-Fall 2017; Paco Rabanne Pre-Fall 2017; Maiyet Pre-Fall 2017; Co Pre-Fall 2017; Elizabeth and James Pre-Fall 2017.

BRAND SPOTLIGHT. TATINE CANDLES. HANDCRAFTED IN CHICAGO SINCE 2011

We believe beauty is more than skin deep. It’s in the curve of an artisanal chair, the tailored seams of a hand-sewn throw pillow and the indulgent fragrance of a handcrafted candle. Meet our brand partner Tatine Candles, creators of ceremonial light + Bespoke fragrance goods.  In the basement of her boutique in the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago, shop-owner Margo Breznik made candles to sell alongside the wares she showcased on her shelves. Seven years later, she closed her store to make her wildly popular candles full time, keeping the name Tatine, which was her grandmother's nickname. Inspired by the natural world and rock-and-roll, Tatine creates candles rich with complex, sensual fragrances. Crafted by hand from GMO-free vegetable soy wax, they're poured into glass containers made with recycled content and packaged in FDC-certified paper press printed with vegetable-based inks. Bespoke carries the full line of Tatine Candles, Soaps & Lotions. 

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Hair Trends for the Holiday

This season's holiday hair bids a strong and assertive adieu to a rocky and petulant 2016. Statement red is making a comeback and nothing salutes the new year like the molten lava hues of sunset orange, fiery red and bitter chocolate. With darker interiors on the rise, blend into your background la femme fatale with midnight browns rich in dimension and depth. Glowing metallics and strong pigments leave a radiant and light reflective quality. Shine brighter than those faceted ornaments as white blonde glows with a luminous and ethereal all over look. Intricate updos positioned low on the nape feel sleek and neat, while pinned knots are shaped and twisted into elegant modernist shapes. If you find yourself in a bind, grab yourself a candy cane and secure that bun. Practical and delicious. 

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Image credits: Aquascutum by Photographer Andreas Sjodin; Photographer Michelangelo Di Battista; Photographer JM Dayao; Runway; Photographer Marina Danilova; Elie Saab Couture; Pamella Roland.

Interior Trends: Dark Drama

Winter in Minnesota is a beautiful and savage thing. Perhaps it is the inevitable shortening of days or the sharp and familiar tang of cold air, but dropping temperatures have us happily reaching for nostalgia and comfort each year, layer after heavy layer. This season, embrace the darkness and melancholy of winter as interiors abound with sumptuous velvets, dark botanicals and opulent texture. It is a direction of bittersweet beauty, moody ambiance and a romantic Rembrandt aesthetic. 

Gray replaces white as the go-to new neutral, florals and botanical prints take on nocturnal undertones, while midnight blue and pitch black become powerful backdrops. Bathroom and kitchen hardware also embrace the dark-hued trend, presenting sleek and seamless looks in a monochromatic palette. Oversized florals and tropical leaves printed on inky backgrounds imbue a rich Victorian drama. Textural and visual depth is key, with color, surface and pattern merging together through layered styling, multi-dimensional fabrics, and encapsulated textures. 

UK's leading paint brand Dulux offers a guide to the season's palette. 

Avant Garden 2016: Post Party Recap

Had a wonderful time at the Walker Art Center's Avant Garden 2016! Thankful for the Minneapolis art community and such an inspirational group of artists and creatives. If you are searching for activities over the holiday weekend, check out the Walker's sleek redesigned front door. Located off Vineland Place, the new entrance designed by HGA Architects includes a bright yellow entrance, lobby, restaurant and outdoor plaza.

Decorative Trends for the Holiday Season

As the holiday season approaches and the inevitable frenzy begins to stir, we at Bespoke would like to share our latest ideas and inspiration for this year's table settings and decor. While nostalgia is as interchangeable to the season as the steady stream of joyful music or ubiquitous mall Santas, there are a few unique trends emerging from the traditional celebratory decorations.

A darker tone seen throughout fashion and decor takes on a Dutch Master aesthetic abundant with deep colors, rich velvet and theatrical bouquets of texture and contrast. This styling trend will continue to influence the seasonal market as home furnishings add pewter and bronze finishes, opulent fabrics and an overall sophisticated luxury. For the modern minimalist, gold is updated with graphic patterns, all-over application and dipped designs. Evolving from the artisanal trend that has populated current home and furniture designs, a handmade and crafted aesthetic featuring DIY activities and personalization reaches across all generations. Add dimension to packaging with cross-stitched hangtags or place single branches in large glass vases as tree alternatives.

Credits: Domino magazine; Wedding Chicks + Cat Myer Studio; Hunted Interior; Kelly Wearstler; We Are Scout; Unknown; Unknown; Alsia Burke; Agnetha Home.