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On the Fringes of London’s Street Style with Damien Frost

To see more photos of the characters Damien captures, follow @harmonyhalo on Instagram.

“I’m often attracted to the more flamboyantly dressed—people living their own opera and acting out their theater on the street.”

Damien Frost (@harmonyhalo) is an Australian graphic designer who lives in London, where he makes posters for ballet and opera houses. Though self-described as reserved and conservatively dressed, Damien is drawn to the eccentric. Every day after work, he searches the city—sometimes for hours—until he has a “random encounter” that produces a portrait of a stranger’s creative style.

“I’m attracted to people on the fringes, whether that be on the fringe of fashion or gender or just what is considered mainstream,” Damien says, “but sometimes it might just be a little subtle touch, a flower in the hair, nice makeup or just a general style that the person seems to be inhabiting very well.”

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Behind the Scenes at Copenhagen Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015

To see more behind-the-scenes moments from Copenhagen Fashion Week, follow @gittestark and explore the #cphfw hashtag.

At the spring/summer 2015 shows at Copenhagen Fashion Week (@cphfw), Instagrammer Gitte Stark (@gittestark) has been applying her dramatic, somewhat melancholic style to backstage photography for V Magazine (@vmagazine). “The best part is watching the theatrical transformation of the models, seeing them rehearse and collect their thoughts before the show begins,” she says. “It makes me realize just how much work is put into staging that one moment on the runway.”

Gitte and other Instagrammers captured behind-the-scenes moments at shows by designers including Barbara I. Gongini (@barbaragongini), Henrik Vibskov (@henrikvibskov) and Mads Nørgaard (@norgaardcph). “Barbara I. Gongini is one of my favorite designers,” she says, “because of her minimalistic but extremely dramatic universe.”

“Copenhagen Fashion Week perfectly reflects its culture,” Natasha Stagg (@natasha_stagg), online editor for V Magazine, says. “It’s all about the details that slightly adjust a tried-and-true formula.”

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Twinning Hair Art with @jehat

To see more photos of Jill Ehat’s creative hair braiding, follow @jehat on Instagram.

“I’m totally obsessed with fauxhawks right now,” says Jill Ehat (@jehat), who is the mother of twin six-year-old girls. “My favorite top five styles are fauxhawk braids, bun hawks, buns, pancaked Dutch braids and rope twists. I’m especially good at tighter braids and active styles because my girls have something nearly every day like dance, swim, tumbling or soccer.”

If there’s a way to braid hair, Jill Ehat probably knows how to do it. She started at an early age doing hair for her two sisters and then friends in high school and college. Now it’s a big part of her life raising her daughters. “They love doing hair, too—they will braid, twist and put in ponytails on anyone that will let them!” Jill says.

The girls even like to “twin” with other girls on Instagram. As Jill explains, “‘twinning’ is when you and another hair account wear the same hair on the same day. We try to post at near the same time, which gets tricky when they’re around the world. My girls like to look on a map & see where their hair twins live: Sweden, Singapore, Australia, Canada, Netherlands, etc. I think it’s especially fun to twin with actual twins!”

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Exploring the World One Haircut at a Time with @juuuuuuuun

For more photos and videos from Jun Kuwabara’s journey across the world, follow @juuuuuuuun on Instagram.

Taking only a backpack, his guitar and his hairdressing tools, Jun Kuwabara (@juuuuuuuun) of Yamanashi, Japan set out on an around-the-world trip this April. “I wanted to engage in something significant while I traveled,” says Jun, “and the only thing I can do is cut hair—so I thought I’d work on an idea of cutting hair for 1,000 people.”

Jun is now traveling through Southeast Asia, volunteering to cut hair for locals, orphans, fellow travelers and Japanese expats who find him through his blog or Instagram account. “I start out by asking around for places where I can perform hair cuts or places where people gather,” he says. The places Jun ends up can be in the most unusual locations for haircuts, such as sidewalks, parks, storefronts and even beaches. “I sometimes put up a sign for people to notice, but once I start cutting for one person, onlookers will usually ask for a haircut, too,” Jun explains. While communication is not easy in these foreign countries, Jun says that for the most part, his customers are happy with their new look.

Although there is no concrete travel plan in his trip, Jun hopes to visit India, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and South America in the coming months.

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Balancing Minimalism and Whimsy with @wideeyedlegless

For more of Madelynn’s beautifully crisp photos, follow @wideeyedlegless on Instagram.

Years ago, artist Madelynn Furlong (@wideeyedlegless) turned to Instagram in search of a new creative outlet. Madelynn is now a successful designer, stylist and blogger in Minneapolis, and her photos on Instagram continue as an expression of her art, refined into a casually elegant, almost black-and-white style.

"Over the past few years I have been slowly rooting myself in minimalism," she explains, "and my feed isn’t the only thing that has turned basically black and white—my house and wardrobe both have as well!" Although her photos often feature sleek interiors and crisp fashions, Madelynn says that it’s her own personality that makes her work special: "I focus on contrast, clean lines and the rule of thirds—but still with a heavy dose of whimsy because that is what makes me, me. When it comes down to it, just take pictures of things that you think are beautiful and inspire you. That’s all that truly matters!"

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Winking at the Fashion World with @tiffanycooper_

For more of Tiffany’s black-felt-pen drawings featuring fashion personalities from Suzy Menkes to Tavi Gevinson, follow @tiffanycooper_ on Instagram.

Paris Instagrammer and illustrator Tiffany Cooper’s (@tiffanycooper_) pop-culture comics are always drawn with a gentle wink. “I especially like mocking the fashion industry,” she says, “but in a nice way. Making people laugh is the ultimate thing for me.”

Just two years ago, Tiffany was struggling to find her place in the fashion world and had begun sharing a few of her drawings online. Last week, her first line of designs debuted in Paris along with a book edited by Lewis Trondheim (@LewisTrondheim). “I wish I could have told unemployed-and-beat me that after only a year or two I would end up at Colette (@Colette),” she says, “launching my own brand and being edited by one of my favorite editors in the world!”

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Overcoming Shyness with Margot Breby

To see more of Margot’s whimsical photos and videos, follow @margotbreby on Instagram.

For Paris Instagrammer Margot Breby (@margotbreby), her style was always a way out of her shell. “I am very shy, and fashion is a good way to express myself,” she says. “Growing up, I wanted to become a stylist and I drew outfits I dreamed of wearing.”

Margot’s serene, light-soaked Instagram photos have also helped with her shyness. “It brought wonderful people into my life,” she says. “People who became true friends. I never imagined that when I began a year ago.”

Margot’s inspiration comes from eclectic sources, many of whom share her whimsical outlook. “I really love Sofia Coppola’s and Wes Anderson’s movies and Tim Walker’s photography,” she says. “I am also very inspired by other Instagrammers.”

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Behind the Scenes at Autumn Couture Week in Paris

To see more behind-the-scenes moments from Paris Couture Week, follow @neriad and @parisinfourmonths on Instagram and explore the #pfw hashtag.

Instagrammer Adrien Brunel (@neriad) describes his Paris street photography as a process of getting lost in a daydream and letting moments find him. On Wednesday, when he was invited to the Maison Martin Margiela (@maisonmargiela) autumn couture show in Paris, it was like capturing someone else’s daydream. “It’s marrying two universes,” he says, “connecting the mood of my pictures with inspiration from a designer.”

Fashion houses show couture collections twice a year, typically including intricate, extravagant clothes that are made by hand. The shows are staged with a sense of theater and great attention to detail.

Instagrammer Carin Olsson (@parisinfourmonths), who attended the shows of Christian Dior (@dior) and Jean Paul Gaultier (@jpgaultierofficial) also described them as a departure from reality. “Stepping into the Dior show was like stepping into a different world, she says. “Haute couture is an almost unattainable fantasy. I have to pinch myself because it’s so unreal.”

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Making Up the Music with @stephanie_fernandez

To see more of Stephanie’s makeup looks follow @stephanie_fernandez on Instagram.

"What started out as a day at home experimenting with makeup has become my career aspiration and ultimately the love of my life,” says 19-year-old Louisiana Instagrammer Stephanie Fernandez (@stephanie_fernandez), who often acts as makeup artist, model and photographer for each of her makeup sessions. “I know my face and body better than anyone, so it is a very familiar canvas,” she explains.

Stephanie defines her makeup style as colorfully creepy. “The gory and creepy side of my style is influenced by my passion for horror movies and psychological thrillers,” she says. “Most of my makeup is also heavily influenced by music. I love to be able to create and see what I am hearing and feeling. I simply see it in my mind’s eye, and my hands do the rest.”

Stephanie’s dreams are as colorful and eclectic as her work. “I would love to do high-fashion makeup for NYC Fashion Week. I would love to have at least 100 art shows before I die. I would love to direct movies and creative direct music videos as well as open a studio to create SFX masks, canvas pieces and explore other media. I have no limits. My mind is constantly moving. I want to do it all.”