11 March 2010


Top session hair stylists can try all they like with their carefully-crafted catwalky looks, but every now and then a hair do is going to come out of nowhere and set the standard for the must-have style that EVeryone is going to want.

So we’re flagging up, well in advance, that we think the Next Big Thing is going to be the layered feather cut.

Kristen Stewart’s  role as new wave punk rocker Joan Jett in the forthcoming movie The Runaways has been well publicised, but it was only when we started watching these sneak peeks on youtube that we knew for sure – Jett’s iconic haircut is going to hit like a hurricane.

The feather cut has not had a fashion moment since it first appeared in the 1970s. Rock chicks like Suzi Quatro, Chrissie Hynde and Jett herself, were a new breed of female singer songwriter musicians whose tomboyish style kept them looking cool and tough while they held their own in the male-dominated world of rock.

Since then, however, it’d be fair to say that the layered ‘do (known as the ‘shag’ in the US) gets about as much love as the endlessly derided mullet…

Inevitably, the 2010 Hollywood version of the cut is glossier, better controlled by product, and generally less fluffy and split-endsy than the original.

And if you think this is a cut just for the kids, think again. Joan Jett was recently photographed next to Stewart at the premier for The Runaways at Sundance, still wearing her feather cut. And boy, does that style enhance your cheekbones, highlight your eyes, and look so much cooler than the average thirty-something’s long, all-one-length ‘hanging hair’.

We’ll keep an eye out for the first sighting of the style hitting fashionland and the red carpet. Although for starters, we’re nominating Cher-alike rock chick model (and Marc Jacobs favourite) Jamie Bochert as our Girl Most Likely to…

In the meantime, just sit back and wait for this to hit. Cos trust us, this hairdo is going to happen.

Don’t believe us? Watch these clips for yourself...


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