Three Word Breakdown: Hair at Chanel Couture Spring 2012 Friday 27 January, 2012

The three best words to describe the practically indescribable hair at the Chanel Couture Spring 2012 runway show.

Aerial. Asymmetrical. Cotton-Spun.

My friend sent me a link to a video Chanel had made of the entire Chanel Couture Spring 2012 show; I sat through all 13+ minutes of it enamored with the blue tones, the staging (the setting was the interior of an airplane, complete with rows of airline seating…but certainly not the coach kind, most definitely First Class all the way, this is KARL after all…a cock pit, and emergency exit lighting that constantly radiated in waves along both sides of the runway) and, mostly, the hair, a textural feast of sky-scraping proportions. I figured the man behind the hair was Sam McKnight, who often collaborates with Karl Lagerfeld on Chanel shows. But, because of the sheer size of the show (60 girls in total) and complexity of the hair, there were two hair teams, and McKnight shared the hair duties with Japanese hairdresser Kamo, who McKnight told Vogue UK created “vertical ‘take-offs'” while McKnight took on “futuristic rockabillies.”

While the hairdos do skew a little troll-doll-like, they’re as fierce and fearless as can be. (Plus, gotta love those asymmetrical, beaded hairpieces that lend the whole to-‘do a haute beat!) What do you think? Are aerial “take-off” Mowhaks the wave of the future?

Karie L. Frost Signature

 

(Photos: Fashionising; still from Chanel video)

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