Beauty News Flash: Meet ‘The Carmen’

04 October 2010

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Sorry Freja. But Carmen Kass’ freshly chopped crop (like 24hrs hours ago fresh) trumps your soft shag.  Fashion is a fickle mistress after all.

There’s something about a new haircut that sends chills up my spine. I remember the moment Kate Moss swapped her long grungy locks for a mousy blonde Mia Farrow crop. Genius. Or more recently, when Michelle Williams debuted her soft floppy cut on the red carpet for the first time. Double Genius. Or even, Carey Mulligan’s grown-out pixie, causing hairsteria right now. Phenomenal.

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What do all these cuts have in common? They pull off short whilst still managing to look soft, feminine and cool. That’s what’s known as a fashion home run. Not a quiff nor undercut in sight, you know you’re onto a crowd pleaser when a cut has the pulling power to get real women out of their hair ruts and into the hairdressers chair. Note: Mulligan’s style is the most requested short style in London salons right now.

In Carmen’s case, hair stylist, Sam McKnight, took his scissors to Kass’s hair in a spur of the moment decision backstage at Balmain. There’s no time for dilly-dallying when it comes to fashion shows. ‘She arrived with a bowl cut, so I chopped into it and gave it a boyish, urchin feel – it’s Balmain’s signature effortless hair, but punked up a bit,’ Sam tells me.

Classic (with an edge), low-maintenance, and just-sexy-enough, I feel ‘The Carmen’ invasion coming…

- Annabel Jones

 


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