Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2011: The Hair Inspiration at Christian Siriano
I'm sure there's been many times when you see a beauty or fashion trend in a magazine that makes you go, "WTF?" But stylists and designers don't sit around all night thinking of the most off-the-wall looks. Instead, like any artist, they're inspired by real-life places, current events, and monumental moments. For designer Christian Siriano, "My collection this season is elegant and opulent, and the clothing has African, Indian, and Asian influences. My muse for Spring/Summer 2011 is a sophisticated yet vibrant woman. We are showcasing a breadth of silhouettes: flowing, wide-legged trousers, safari shorts and jackets, kimono sleeves, structured cocktail dresses, and light, fluttering evening gowns."
So now that you know the story behind his Spring collection, what's the inspiration behind the sky-high hairstyle pictured to the left?
Believe it or not, it's this guy below. But not just his beautiful markingsmore so his long, graceful neck. (P.S. Check out those lashes! Do you think he uses Latisse?)
Heading up the hair team was Antoinette Beenders for Aveda, who explains the style as "a contemporary twist on the classic bun," that pays homage to the length and height of a giraffe's neck, who's prints are also seen in Siriano's collection). Beenders started with a tight, high ponytail and left out the top section of the hair. After braiding the ponytail and twisting it into a high bun, she took the leftover piece and used a micro-crimping iron to add texture from the crown to the ends. Lastly, she brushed out the crimp and pulled the section back and over the bun, then secured with bobby pins and lots of Aveda Control Force Firm Hold Hairspray, $26, aveda.com. Here's the completed look from the front, which makes everything feel cohesive.
Be sure to check out the Reel Beauty blog the rest of the week for more tips, videos, and glimpses backstage!