Style icons: That girl in the Pavement Range Life video

Soundtrack to summer and, upon revisiting the video, a slice of pure 90s style gold.

Don’t even want to tell you how many times I’ve listened to this in the last few days.

New York Fashion Week: Amazing hair at Jeremy Scott

The amazing Kris Atomic has already covered the hair at Jeremy Scott’s autumn/winter 2011 collection better than I could – complete with a spectacular illustration – but I wouldn’t be doing my duty as a hair journalist if I didn’t post a few pictures.

I mean, Snob is just the ideal finishing touch.

Pics from Dazed Digital!

Diary of a crush

My love for the moody teenage hair from Louise Goldin is well documented, and, as you may have read, reached its pinnacle this week when I went to a TIGI trend event and saw the very thing created before my eyes.

I guess I’m pig ignorant, because I had no idea that TIGI had been responsible for this look at the time of the show. Still, I’ve more than made up for lost time now, browsing the look book and making notes. Thank you Paul Hanlon, for informing me that the look is supposed to be ‘slightly eerie’. Of course it is! They also said at the event that it was supposed to look like she’d got caught in the rain on her night out. Yes! Anyway, here are the instructions on how to ~get the look~ yourself. Should you want to.

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Big hair and beehives in Numero

This Numéro editorial is a bit disjointed but that doesn’t really matter because all I’m here to say is that I like the hair. Dug up from the ancient past of 2005 by the always brilliant Rackk and Ruin, this spread appeals to all my base levels. So predictable are my interests that if you interjected these pictures with pictures of my BA ~moodboards~ [sorry, it’s impossible to write that word without the addition of a tilde of derision], they’d blend seamlessly. In fact, were the timing not out, I would think that maybe I’d actually used them. As it happens, the basis for my collection was an i-D shoot featuring some girl that looks like Frances Bean Cobain.

Beauty and the Beast: Matte texture

Ever since Prada’s matted pigtails the season before last, I’ve been obsessed with getting that texture. Yes, it is kind of the texture of a gross massive dreadlock, but it’s infinitely more stylish… right? I just love how malleable it is; creating essentially quite sexy shapes — hair swept over one eye, loads of volume around the crown, chic beehive — but making those shapes out of grungy, really dirty looking hair rather than a bouncy clean blow-dry. Infinitely more interesting and I’m always up for making something potentially sexy look really ugly instead.

Malcolm Edwards, aka the God of Hair, aka L’Oréal Professionnel’s spokesman and all round genius catwalk hair stylist, discussed this look at length at their last trend event. Here’s what he had to say about the Prada hair!

Free-spirited, cheeky and defiant, you can imagine her strutting through a corridor clutching a file, wearing lashings of red lipstick and a spontaneous hair style thrown together in two minutes in the girls’ bogs*. But look closer and there’s more going on. Every detail of the style, no matter how slapdash it appears, has been thought about. The heavy side fringe has been deliberately placed to created a well considered flirtation device, perfect for coyly peeping out from underneath. The skinny bunches were worked with excessive amounts of product for a textured base, but without being over-styled…

The texture creates a strong statement, which once mastered can be moulded into position to create any style. Prep the base with a cocktail of volumising and texturising products. Spray a generous amount of Volume Lift or massage Volume Lift into the roots, then using a vent brush while drying, pull the hair in an upwards direction to get height. Hair needs density and a bit of crunch and bite, so once dry use Play Ball Texture Tonic on the ends. Tie into low pigtails or plaits, or a slap dash top know. Finish with Fix Design to hold.

*Malcolm didn’t say bogs in his written quote, but having heard the great man speak on numerous occasions, I’m pretty sure he would have used the word IRL.

So that’s the look and I love it. Obviously you don’t have to go for schoolgirl braids, you can just pile on the texture products then do what you will with the rest of your hair. I like a beehive with a bit of crunchy shit in it — if you need to use a lot of product to get your look, then you might as well go all out. Anyway, all of  this was supposed to be about this new Stephen Meisel for Vogue Italia shoot which has been all over the internet already. Bad. Fucking. Ass. Love the hair so much and although it’s obviously pretty avant garde in terms of styling, you can really see how to take elements of the look and work with it to create something nodding to the trend.

Style icons: The Tribe

I’ve been intending to write this post for about three years, but there’s just so much to say that it’s hard to know where to start. Phew, here goes.

When I was younger I was obsessed to a frightening degree with The Tribe. Yeah, this is a post about The Tribe, the Australian post-apocalyptic tv show. For some reason it’s been on my mind a lot lately so I figured it was time to take the plunge and just do it. Here’s the opening titles to get us all in the mood;

I think it started when I read The Last Children as a kid. I don’t (and never did) have any desire to live in a world without adults — we’ve all read Lord of the Flies, after all. I think I just enjoyed reading about it. Anyway, the appeal of The Tribe clearly wasn’t just the whole living in a deserted shopping centre without grown-ups, it was about how fucking cool the guys in the show were. Independent, intelligent, funny, self-sufficient… stylish?

Obviously. Amber and Bray were clearly the best characters but even the baddies were awesome, with their braids and Cyberdog silver trousers. Writing about The Tribe today, obviously my focus for this post is on the hair and makeup. The face paint side of things gets a bit much after a while but I still think they look fucking ace and can completely understand why my teenage brain cut out all the pictures of the characters from the Radio Times and kept them on my wall.

Again, the whole look does get a bit Cyberdog at times but it’s not like I’d wear any of this head to toe. Unless I had a Tribe party. Wait, why haven’t I done that? Oh right, ‘cos no-one would come.

So this is Amber. Before I go any further I should give mad props to Tribeworld, which is the most insanely indepth website I’ve ever seen. It makes weirdo Star Wars fans look normal. There are so many pictures, so many videos, so many facts. You could spend all weekend on there. Would you judge me if I did?

Anyway, Amber is the best character for many reasons, one of which is her hair. On this page of the afore mentioned site, there’s even a MAC-style cheat sheet to get her makeup. Yegod! I particularly liked it when she put it in Bjork-ish knots.

This is Ellie. She started out life as a farm girl but by the time she’d spent some time with the Mallrats, she was more stylish than any of them. Kind of a riot grrl thing going on with her wardrobe?? And that hair, the hair so many teenage girls dreamed of in the late 90s… aided and abetted with one of those acrylic hair extension scrunchies.

Cloe and Patsy. Always the best hair and always time for some blue lipstick. Swoon. Both of these guys were supposed to be pretty timid and kind of outsiders until they made friends with each other, but I ask you — how can you be shy when you look as good as this?

Trudy was probably the most 90s person in The Tribe, with her baby bangs/occasional wonky fringe and purple hair and combat trousers. And face stickers. Her baby was pretty cool too, with lime green hair if I remember rightly.

Later when she was a tribe leader she wore a lot of capes and wizard-ish gear. Not so down with that.

And finally Ebony. Ebony the badass with her braids and black and red leather and black bandito eye mask. She is literally the baddest of the bad and although I was vaguely obsessed with her, it was more like that girl from school that you’re scared of and a bit in awe of at the same time. Word of warning, you might want to put safe search on when you Google ‘Ebony The Tribe’. After page one, image search gets a bit confused and, uhm, ‘ racy’.

OK, that’ll do for now. I could bleat more but I’ve spent most of the weekend on Tribeworld and I feel the need to reconnect with the real world. If you want more, just read the pages and pages of in depth discussion here. There is literally an answer for everything.

Models hanging around outside Alexander Wang looking cool

Going back to my recurring point about teenage hair… Love these fantastic post-Wang (snigger) street style shots of models by Slow Hands on The Fashion Spot (via Rackk and Ruin). They look like the most stylish girl gang on the planet. I wouldn’t even object if they played music on the top deck of the 343 all the way home. Tried to think of a band to reference in that sentence, couldn’t think of anything that would make me sound cool. Hah!