I cut Panagiotis X’s hair and then wanted to give him a natural wavy look. His natural hair is much straighter (see my previous Panagiotis X. post), so obviously I used a curling tong. Now, how fascistic is it that men aren’t supposed to use heated appliances to style their hair and when they do, they are called metrosexuals, fashion victims or simply gay? I do understand that the image of a man who has had his hair visibly straightened or curled is not going to be sexually appealing to a woman (and most of the gay men, so to speak) because it just doesn’t look masculine and also that the bathroom mirror is a girl’s territory before she goes out to a bar or a party or whatever. However, the keyword in the previous sentence is “visibly”. If a guy’s hair looks natural, I think it shouldn’t matter whether he spent an hour and a half styling it or if he borrowed a girl’s heated appliances in order to do so. Same goes for hairstylists. I don’t think it should be a taboo to suggest straightening or curling a guy’s hair. As long as you can’t see the work on the finished result. Of course it’s not a taboo in the fashion world because a lot of male models’ hair definitely have a different natural texture than the one seen in a fashion story or a show. Society accepted men with long hair ages ago and since the 1990s, it has been perfectly ok for a guy to colour his hair without it automatically implying that he’s a freak or gay (or both). And I’m not going to start talking about how many men are almost abused by their girlfriends/ boyfriends because they’re not using any styling products, therefore they are supposedly neglecting their image. I think the next wall we should bring down then is this. Shouldn’t a man have as many options as he can with his hair? He certainly doesn’t have as many options with clothing. And as they say, it’s all about the hair and the shoe.
I cut Ioanna’s hair and before that, we went through a lot of pictures of haircuts until she chose one. And she chose the pageboy. As I have said before, Ioanna has the thickest, most voluminous hair than any girl I have ever met. That’s why I thinned out the ends a lot (plus the geometric version would not look as fresh, as it was really fashionable until recently). The pageboy (together with the bowlcut) was huge during the 1950’s, the 1960’s and the 1970’s and then it made a huge comeback during the previous decade. Let’s have a look at several versions of it:
Two vintage pictures of the pageboy, a shorter version and a longer one (couldn’t find photo credit for these pictures).
A more recent version of the pageboy where the fringe is swept to the side (couldn’t find photo credit for this picture).
Yiorgos K’s new haircut is quite short at the back and the sides but I wanted to give it an ancient Roman touch, that’s why I styled it forward.
I cut and coloured Lida’s hair and then styled it and took some pictures. The last two I did having (rather obvious) Madonna during the True Blue era in mind. Madonna has done so many things but still, when someone pays an homage to her in a fashion story, it’s this era they use as a reference most of the times. When you style your short hair this way, make sure that it has some movement because helmet-like can be good for a fashion story only and it might make you look like an auntie visiting relatives (and first stopping by her local salon for a “do”). And we’re talking about young girls wearing this hairstyle again. Lida and I were so excited while taking the pictures . True blue, baby I love you…
Queen of pop Madonna in 1986, photographed for a Vanity Fair cover (above) and during the Open Your Heart video shoot (below). Both pictures by Herb Ritts.
I cut Vassiliki T’s hair and then did an updo which is a combination of my two favourite recent updos. Back in February this year, backstage at the Carolina Herrera f/w 2011 rtw show, hair genius Orlando Pita did these amazing slick and tight updos and said that he wanted to move away from messy and undone hair, as fashion is also getting more architectural and dressed up. Recently, I got to watch Melancholia, the amazing film by Lars Von Trier and really, really loved Kirsten Dunst’s updo as a bride in the first half of the film. So, I decided to combine the two and put the hair up but not as tight as the Herrera hairdo, plus I definitely wanted to recreate the front of Ms Dunst’s hair, as I find it totally fresh. The result was a slightly loose (but not messy at all) updo and we both loved it. Marina Stat did the make-up.
February 2011, backstage at the Carolina Herrera fall/winter 2011 rtw show. Hair by Orlando Pita. Photos by Luca Cannonieri.
Kirsten Dunst in Melancholia, directed by Lars von Trier. Hair by Linda Boije af Gennäs.
I cut Kostas S’s hair and styled it, both the cut and the hairstyle being classics. Then, when I took his pictures, I got so excited that by changing the lights I could show two faces of him (the angel and the devil, both being very, very chic).
I cut Lia T’s hair and then styled it having the 1990’s in mind but doing something that could be wearable today. With the recent Duran Duran video featuring the (original) supermodels, I have to admit that the image of Cindy Crawford is what stuck in my brain as 1990s beauty. So the hair is voluminous but straight, with some movement at the ends. Blow dryer beats curling tong when you’re doing the 1990s. Marina Stat did the make-up and when she was done, it felt like Lia had just come out of the time-machine. 1994 we love you.
My inspiration was Cindy Crawford on this cover of Max, photographed by Herb Ritts (R.I.P.) in 1994.