13 posts tagged "Jessica Stam"
When we saw an orange-hued hairline peeking out of the scarf-cum-hood (scood, if you will) Vlada Roslyakova wore at Alexander Wang this past weekend, we thought our eyes were deceiving us. But after a few backstage encounters yesterday, first at Preen and then at DKNY, we were able to confirm our suspicions: Yes, the Russian model has gone red and apparently just felt the need to switch it up. “I wanted a change,” she said when we weaseled our way through three hairstylists drying, brushing, and curling Roslyakova’s new tresses, which are at the very strawberry end on the strawberry blond continuum. “Laurie did it,” the formerly flaxen beauty told us, which we can only assume was a shout-out to colorist extraordinaire Laurie Foley, whose L’Atelier de Laurie on East 4th Street is a favorite of Gwyneth Paltrow and Agyness Deyn. With Coco Rocha also playing with fire as of late, we’re gonna go ahead and guess that it’s only a matter of time before Jessica Stam returns to her roots, so to speak.
Later this week, we’ll launch our January installment of The Look, a beauty feature in which we flesh out a trend that we’ve deemed worthy of the spotlight. This time around, curls take the stage. Not since Andie MacDowell’s late-eighties heyday—remember Sex, Lies, and Videotape?—have we seen hair this big and bouncy. Call it the trickle-up effect of the fashion world’s embrace of the era, but curly hair is popping up on the runway, on the red carpet, and in an increasingly large number of editorial spreads—take, for instance, Numéro magazine’s “Magie noire” story featuring a barely recognizable Jessica Stam with a frizzy coif courtesy of hairstylist Peter Gray. Long overdue, we say. Ladies, to your diffusers! Log on this Friday for more on the trend.
With A-list clients that include beauty editors, downtown scenesters, and a host of musicians and celebrities, Bumble and Bumble stylist Michelle Fiona’s
reputation usually precedes her. If you haven’t heard of her, though, you’ve definitely seen her work: a fan of Zooey’s bangs? They’re maintained by Michelle. Love Karen Elson and the Citizen Band’s bohemian, burlesque sensibility? Also courtesy of Michelle. Envious of Eleanor from the Fiery Furnaces’ shag? Yup, that’d be MF’s doing, too. Known mostly for her innovative salon cuts and editorial styling prowess, the San Francisco transplant has surprisingly never headed up a runway show—until now, that is. Partnering with relative newcomer Catherine Holstein, who has garnered an equally hip reputation thanks in part to famous friends like Mary-Kate Olsen and Jessica Stam and a knack for feminine silhouettes that combine pretty, preppy, and punk, Michelle Fiona earned her runway stripes this weekend, armed with nothing more than a bottle of Bb Surf Spray—and a vision of girls who ride bikes in beautiful clothes. We caught up with the stylist backstage at the House of Bumble’s 6,500-square-foot show space, where she let us in on her uniquely informed taste in music, being on set at a Peaches video, and what all the cool kids will be doing with their hair for fall.
How did the collaboration with Holstein come about?
I’ve always loved her clothes, and she had seen some of the [Citizens' Band] girls and really liked their hair. So it was just a good fit.
And what exactly inspired the long, wavy/messy look you created for her Spring collection?
I was going for a girl who just rode her bike to the show. I used a lot of Surf Spray for texture because I didn’t want it to look too pretty-girl. And the girls who showed up with short hair looked cool so we just left it.
With all of your musically inclined clients, I’m curious if you have some kind of music background—or has it always been just hair?
I actually don’t even listen to music or really go to concerts because I usually wear high heels, and it hurts to stand for a long time. My mom is a hairstylist so I’ve been doing hair my whole life. My first “client” was probably my sister. I convinced her to let me cut her some fancy bangs when I was 12 for her school pictures—poor thing! She was my guinea pig.
So what is it about doing hair that has kept you interested for so long?
That it doesn’t ever feel like a job. And then there’s the people you get to meet.
Ah, yes. So how did you garner such an impressive list of clients?
Sarah Flicker and Jorjee Douglass (of the Citizens Band) are friends of mine from San Francisco, and they have a lot of connections in music. I work a lot with Zooey Deschanel, Jack White, Kathleen Hanna from Le Tigre and her husband, Adrock. And Peaches. I actually worked on a video with her.
Whoa. What was that experience like?
She’s just awesome. It was a lot of hours because she had to look like a girl and a boy in the shoot, but it was fun to take her from butch to femme.
Speaking of which, do you think hair trends are going to stay short and slightly androgynous for fall?
I think people are starting to grow out all their short cuts from last season, so it’s gonna be more about styling tricks this season, figuring out how to work with all of those undercuts.
Photo: Courtesy of Bumble and Bumble