By Candace Bryan
Before the Monique Lhuillier Fall/Winter 2014 runway show, we caught up with master stylist Bob Recine backstage, to see what kind of hair he was going to send down the runway.
Recine revealed to us that the style was inspired by the clothes themselves. As you can see here, this season’s Monique Lhuillier collection is, as Recine said himself, “very geometric.” Lhuillier branched out from her typical fun and feminine looks and made dresses that were a bit darker, taking cues from architecture and old world Parisian couture.
For this reason, the dresses were very intense and detailed, so Bob Recine wanted the hair to balance them out. Instead of severe hair, he told us, he wanted a style that was very loose and gamine. He believed the hair should look imperfect, because “real girl beauty, with hair that is not over-styled, shows confidence.”
The results were pairs of loose vertical chignons, which unlike a typical chignon, created a symmetrical style and the same profile on each side. They were very elegant, and looked effortless. Fortunately, Recine gave us a few tips on how to copy the look for ourselves.
Hold your blowdryer above the head and blow from every direction, “as if you were sitting in a convertible.” This helps free the hair.
Divide your hair in half. Twist and roll each half upward, tucking in the ends and securing with bobby pins.
Recine let “loose strands and wisps fall as they wished,” an essential element to the imperfect look. Finish with Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray Strong to keep everything in place.