Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Fashion Road Kill

Ho-hum at Tommy Hilfiger/Dan Lecca
This is not the sexy waves or volume I expected.
I am a very positive person, and have a hard time saying anything negative or critical about anyone. But after looking at 46 slides from this year’s “New York Fashion Week,” I just couldn’t pretend to like what I saw.

Up/Tight at Max Azria/Dan Lecca
As a Haircolorist and “stylist” (i.e. one who practices the art  of not just cutting hair but styling it creatively, attractively, and with a finished look), I was disappointed to see the lack of anything new or creative on the runways during Fashion Week. The long, super-straight, center-parted, close-to-the-head styles shown were the same styles we’ve been seeing for the past 10 years.
Vera Wang's messy updo/Dan Lecca

Prim/Boring at Carolina Herrera/Dan Lecc
The Donut at Donna Karan/Dan Lecca
The only difference is that these straight looks were messy, as well as boring. While “current trends” releases and articles in the beauty industry are now calling for a return to “big hair” with volume and sexy waves or curls, the designers who instructed the hairstylists to create these runway looks obviously did not get the memo.

Back to the 80s at DVF/Dan Lecca

The sleek, tightly pulled ponytails on the runway were also nothing new, except that a few had braids incorporated into them. 

"The Snooki" at Peter Som/Dan Lecca
The up-dos were severe and hard to carry off (even for a flawless 18-year-old), and limited to the classic French twist or chignon. Again, nothing new or inspired.

The only “new” look shown was the “wet look,” with hair slicked back with gel. 

By new, I mean something we haven’t seen since the Eighties, and frankly, a look most of us have not missed.

The piece de resistance, however, was the appearance of the teased up, messy “poof,” it’s a sad day for fashion when our beauty fashion icons have become Amy Winehouse and Snooki from Jersey Shore.

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