Hair and clothes: What’s chic and hot in 2016

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Every New Year I like to showcase my favorite upcoming looks in fashion and beauty. I’m not drawn to the look of the moment, but styles that transcend. For instance, last year I collaborated with makeup artist Jonathan Freitas on makeup updates.

This year, for forecasts of looks that will get you through 2016, I turned to two respected veterans: prolific wardrobe stylist Kim Smith and hairstylist extraordinaire Paul Brown.

PB backstagePaul Brown: 3 looks for hair

I don’t know if it’s because we’re both Portuguese, but Paul Brown and I have always vibed well, whether backstage at fashion shows or chatting it up at his salon at Ward Center. Here are his takes on the hottest looks for hair in 2016:

No. 1: No-nonsense up-do’s. Sleek, clean: a perfect way to streamline your look in the New Year. This year’s up-do’s are not about the prom or wedding hair.

Sleek updo showcased during the Ava Sky + Issa de Mar Honolulu Night Market - photo by Eric Baranda.

Sleek updo at Ava Sky + Issa de Mar Honolulu Night Market Runway fashion show – photo by Eric Baranda.

No. 2: Bangs, bangs, bangs. Look for variations: fringe, Betty Page, faux and asymmetrical, to name a few.

Blunt bang as seen on the Givenchy runway - photo courtesy of Imaxtree

Blunt bang on a Givenchy runway – photo courtesy of Imaxtree.

Blunt side bang as seen on the Kenzo runway - photo courtesy of Imaxtree.

Blunt side bang on Kenzo runway – photo courtesy of Imaxtree.

No. 3: Fun colors are still in! With a caution: Brown notes that what you see on Pinterest and other sites could very well be in filter format, so try out your pastels and white/gray on a small section of hair before going all-in.

Photo courtesy of Paul Brown Salons

Photo courtesy of Paul Brown Salons.

Color varioation called 'mermaid hair' - photo provided by Paul Brown Salons.

Color variation called ‘mermaid hair’ – photo courtesy of Paul Brown Salons.

Kim bio picKim Smith: 3 looks in fashion

Londoner-turned-kamaaina Kim Smith made a name for herself in Hawaii as the stylist for Neiman Marcus. Now independent, she’s really hit her stride. Here are some of Smith’s fave upcoming looks.

No. 1: Slip dresses and underwear as outerwear. Think warm to hot weather. Flashback to the 1980s.

SS.2016_CalvinKlein_Imaxtree

Spring/Summer 2016 Calvin Klein – photo courtesy of Imaxtree.

No. 2: Spanish flair: not shy. Strong girl, strong statement. Look for textures, layers and ruffles inspired by Spanish couture.

SS.2016 Louis.Vuitton - Photo courtesy of Imaxtree

Spring/Summer 2016 Louis Vuitton – photo courtesy of Imaxtree.

No. 3: Romantic is back. It’s all about softness, updated. Free-spirited and ethereal with a modern silhouette.

SS.2016 Oscar de la Renta - Photo courtesy of Imaxtree

Spring/Summer 2016 Oscar de la Renta – photo courtesy of Imaxtree.