City Pulse

By Ashley Goldsmith

As we wind down to the last of our Fashion Week coverage, I wanted to save my favorite and in my opinion the styles that should definitely return next Fall. I know I’m not alone in my love for Rachel McAdams in The Notebook, from her adorable dresses to her red lipstick and perfect 40′s hairstyles. So when I saw 40′s and 50′s inspired waves taking center stage for Fall 2009 I was giddy.

I first spotted them at Karen Sabag courtesy of Aveda stylist Jon Raymen. With inspiration from Jessica Rabbit and Veronica Lake, Raymen curled the hair with ½ inch barrels and brushed them out to create a “controlled elegance”, he then smoothed out the look with Aveda Smooth Infusion Glossing Straightener, which unfortunately doesn’t launch until July. At Twinke by Wenlan John Ruidant for Redken created 50′s drive-in inspired waves using 1 ¼ inch barrels curling them vertically to create waves without too much volume.

At Chris Benz, Ruidant created the same waves but updated them for a more modern look by pinning the hair into faux bobs. Tory Burch and Marchesa also brought some McAdams inspired looks courtesy of Yannick D’Is for Redken and Harry Josh for John Frieda. At Burch the hair was curled and done up in a bun, then before each girl stepped on the runway, the hair would be undone and let drop to achieve soft waves with a bounce to the hair. At Marchesa 50′s inspired waves were made possible by John Frieda’s Root Awakening products which offered a textured and loose effect.

Low buns and chignons were also in full swing on the runway. We saw beautifully braided chignons at Coventry and Lorick (braids are big too by the way, whether small and incorporated into a larger style or just a long low braid), thanks to Pasquale Ferrante from ION Studio and Sabrina Michals for Bumble and Bumble. At Vivienne Tam, Kevin Mancuso for Nexxus created classic french twists and low chignons similar to what we’ve seen on the red carpet lately. Finally, Sabrina Michals took control again at Monique L’ Huiller to create a low ponytail chignon with inspiration is taken from a ballerina look. Though the look is the ballerina heading home, not to the performance, clean, yet lived in. The goal is to find a balance of clean and non-perfection. A motto we can all live by next Fall.

Originally published February 2009
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