Meet the man behind Anna Wintour’s bob

01 July 2009

Ever wondered who was behind the (now legendary) hairstyle of one of the most powerful women in fashion? Step forward London-based hairdresser Charlie Chan (we kid you not), who's responsible for Anna Wintour's signature bob and has been tending to the barnets of A-listers for nearly 40 years. And having started his career at Vidal Sasoon in 1972 – joining the prestigious Michaeljohn salon eight years later – it's a good job he went against his parents' wishes back in the 70s: ‘My mother would rather that I become a politician. She prefers people to work for me, not the other way around.' Chan was at Wintour's side when she received her OBE last year, and is directly responsible for the editor's pristinely chic coiffure. 'Anna has always had a bob, a long bob,' he insists, but 'I did the short power bob.' And has he ever dared to change it? 'I tried, but she wouldn't have it any other way.' Why doesn't that surprise us... [NST]


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