Ted Gibson Talks Event Hair
Pouring over endless images of glammed-out celebrities from the Met ball and the Time 100 party these past few days has gotten us thinking. Actresses like Claire Danes, Liv Tyler, and Leslie Mann (a.k.a. Mrs. Judd Apatow) made back-to-back appearances sporting drastically different hairstyles. So whatever happened to the days of old, when a well-crafted updo was mandatory evening attire? “Red-carpet hair has no rules anymore,” celebrity stylist Ted Gibson explained when we asked his opinion on the matter. “You can wear a full-length gown and ponytail or a cocktail-length dress with an updo. It’s all about the total image; the clothes have to fit the hair and the hair has to fit the clothes.” Fair enough. And so Gibson took us on a quick rundown of the what and why of recent celebrity photo ops to further map out the new rules, er, guidelines for dressed-up tresses:
With a strapless gown like the one Mann sported to the Met, Gibson supports a hair-down decision, arguing that it really helps give off a young, glamorous, and sexy appearance. “If her dress had straps, she would have more likely gone with an updo.” For those of you who want to attempt the look at home, Gibson suggests using a finishing product to smooth flyaways, like his Tame It Lotion.
Updos, like the one Claire Danes wore to the Met, can add mileage to one-sleeved numbers, showing off the neck and shoulders without complicating the asymmetry of the dress, Gibson explains.
Sleek and Sophisticated
When Danes switched into a chic, bat-winged black number for the Time 100, Gibson says hair down was the right call. “Hair down is sleek, smooth, and straight, which gives you more of an edge with a black dress,” he adds. To keep the straight look, Gibson recommends a light hair spray, such as his Beautiful Hold Hairspray.
Flirty and Fun
In a departure from the forties-cum-seventies soft waves Liv Tyler chose for the Met, the Givenchy spokeswoman used a high ponytail to complement her short black lace Stella McCartney dress at the Time 100. A good switch, according to Gibson, who believes “cocktail-length dresses often give a sense of playfulness,” making a ponytail the perfect choice. “A long soft wave just wouldn’t work for this kind of look.”