Fall’s Short Story-------
Last season, the chin-grazing crop wasn’t so much a trend as a phenomenon. Karlie Kloss may have gotten all the attention when she turned up to the Victoria’s Secret show in November, her mousy brown hair a few inches shorter, but Aline Weber, Ruby Aldridge, and Daria Werbowy had already blazed the edgy, chopped trail for Spring. It’s been interesting to watch hairstylists deal with models’ newfound affinity for short hair. For the most part, they have been content to let the girls with cuts walk without extensions, a rare move that bucks uniformity on the runway. But in a few other more telling instances, they have chosen to take everyone short—make that shorter. Following Guido Palau’s sprinkling of pixie dust backstage at Dior Couture in January, wispy boy cuts and shags have been making waves at the Fall shows. Ruby Jean Wilson started the season with a freshly shorn gamine style, while the shag that Palau gave British It girl Edie Campbell before the collections has not only earned her top billing at shows like Burberry Prorsum, Giles and Marc Jacobs but also inspired the army of impersonators Jacobs sent down his Fall runway. Add to this the floppy coif Swedish stunner Ellinore Erichsen sported at Christopher Kane and Sam McKnight’s recent masculine faux fringes at Clements Ribeiro, not to mention the shows’ overarching punk undercurrents, and there seems to be a new lustful length in town. We’ll see if it holds up in Milan and Paris.