6 posts tagged "Joan Jett"
Her unmistakable bee-stung pout and gap-toothed grin made Lindsey Wixson a catwalk star and a favorite here at Style.com—the Kansas native graced the cover of the first issue of Style.com/Print. But it’s her hair that’s making headlines today. Over the weekend, the 19-year-old model debuted a new ‘do at the Watermill Center Benefit in the Hamptons. At first glance, we nearly mistook her freshly shorn, textured shag and bangs for one of the Joan Jett-esque wigs from Marc Jacobs’ Fall show. A bit of Internet sleuthing revealed that shortly after the couture shows, Wixson paid a visit to none other than Christiaan for a cool coif update. We love the razored, rock’ n’ roll look. You? Either way, we’re sure to see more of the edgy cut on and off the Spring ’14 runways in September.
In anticipation of tonight’s Met Ball, many an editorial page has been devoted to the dissemination of the event’s theme: punk. What is it? What did it mean in the late seventies, when it first hit the cultural lexicon as a way to describe the loud and fast sound simultaneously surfacing in London and New York? And what does it mean today, when it’s an adjective that gets attached to pretty much everything—from eye shadow and celebrities to top-forty tunes and anything with studs, safety pins, or bondage-style accoutrements? At a base level, the word—whether applied to music, style, or general life philosophy—is rooted in the bucking of convention, of being brash, defiant, untethered and gloriously in-your-face. That said, punk’s most basic definition runs counter to conventional beauty norms. Yet the women who came to define the subculture left their mark both sonically and visually, boasting beauty signatures that we’ve taken the liberty of recounting for you below. There’s no telling whether we’ll see an homage to their tried-and-true techniques on the red carpet tonight, but here’s hoping.
The Beauty Mark: Skunked tips and powder-blue lids
Required Listening: Blondie’s “X-Offender”
If punk had a premier babe, it would be Debbie Harry. With her razor-sharp cheekbones, bleach-blonde, ink-dipped crop, killer style (the high-waisted jean and one-shoulder dress have never had a better model), and tough-girl attitude, she cut a unique figure in CBGB-era New York. And so did Blondie’s upbeat sound, which, while rooted in punk, also borrowed elements of disco, reggae, and new wave.
The Beauty Mark: Icy blonde locks
Required Listening: Sonic Youth’s “Kool Thing”
A colonizer of punk experimentation, Gordon remains as influential and prolific today as she was when she first emerged on the scene with Sonic Youth, in New York, in 1981. The band’s landmark cacophonous, feedback-laced sound seemed to create a new genre in itself: art rock. Besides being Sonic Youth’s platinum-blonde, bass-playing bombshell par excellence, Gordon has also dabbled in the worlds of art, fashion design, producing, directing (she is partially responsible for The Breeders’ “Cannonball” video), and modeling; she stars as one of Hedi Slimane’s muses in the designer’s recent Saint Laurent Music Project series.
While we’re on the topic of repeat runway appearances, please allow us to direct your attention to the Joan Jett shag, the iconic late-seventies/early-eighties style that has enjoyed not one but two moments of homage at the Spring shows thus far. Marios Schwab enlisted the wig-shearing services of hair stylist Luke Hersheson for his show in London, and Jean Paul Gaultier brought out the big guns in Paris this weekend, asking Guido Palau to re-create the rocker’s spiky-on-top, long-in-the-back style. “We’ve changed the way we look at wigs,” said Palau, who took to trimming mohawk tips into a bevy of colored hair pieces backstage on Saturday. “There was a time when wearing a wig was very taboo, and now it’s a fun way to mix up your look. The key to wearing a wig is bringing it into a salon and having your stylist cut/trim the wig to fit your face—it’s not one size fits all.”
How best to direct your stylist in the way of Jett tributes, should you want to trim a wig or your own hair in a similar style? Why not ask Sally Hershberger, who created the cut in the first place? “Anyone can do a shag,” Hershberger says. “If you want to take the look in a more severe direction, you should ask your stylist for a shorter style that has lots of layers of all lengths to achieve a choppy, more rock star look. A more subtle version would be something a little less drastic—longer, softer layers.” The right no-residue products are also key. “Until my SHAGG line, there was never a range of products designed to enhance and define layers,” Hershberger says, extolling the virtues of her SHAGG Spray for prepping tresses and her SHAGG Rocks Liquid Gel to create separation after rough-drying. As to which backstage coiffeur came closest to reappropriating her original creation, Hershberger’s vote goes to Hersheson. “Joan has worn her hair both ways. But the second look [from Marios Schwab] is closer to the classic, more traditional shag, which is more wearable. It still has a lot of texture but it doesn’t have as much rock ‘n’ roll.”
While we’ve seen our fair share of seventies heroines thus far in London—the disco queen (Unique, Giles); the South Beach jet-setter (House of Holland); and the low, loose ponytail-wearing girl-next-door at Jaeger—one archetype from that decade has thus far been left untouched. That would be the burgeoning female rocker. Thankfully, Marios Schwab righted that wrong, adding Joan Jett—and her image-defining spiky shag—to the inspiration mix at his show this morning, enlisting the services of hairstylist Luke Hersheson and his trusty wig-trimming shears. Hersheson and his team set to work cutting wigs into Jett’s signature short-in-back, wispy-at-the-neck crop before saturating strands in L’Oréal Professionnel’s Texture tonic to give them a slightly grimy, I-just-rolled-off-of-the-tour-bus look. Jett’s black-rimmed eyes were also in full effect, thanks to makeup artist Petros Petrohilos, whose lid lining was not contained to raven-haired models alone. A few blond hairpieces also showed up on the runway, giving Cherie Currie a well-deserved shout-out for Spring as well.
The Kristen Stewart-as-Joan Jett transformation for The Runaways has been talked about for months (even longer, it seems, than the are-they-or-aren’t-they rumors around her affair with her Twilight co-star Rob Pattinson), but it’s finally time for the big reveal. The film had its premiere in L.A. last night, and come March 17, New Yorkers will have their chance to see the scowling attitude, spiky mullet, and smoky eyes on the big screen. Jett’s all-girl group broke boundaries not only in music, but also in makeup. We went behind the scenes with lead makeup artist Robin Matthews to discover the power of primer and why the sweatier things got on set, the better.
You worked with Kristen Stewart on New Moon to re-create a character who exists in the pages of a book. For The Runaways, the characters—Joan Jett, Cherie Currie—actually exist in real life. Did that make things easier or more difficult?
Well, it was definitely unique—getting to re-create these iconic women and have them right there on set. The film illustrates this fun, decadent, and extravagant time period. Men and women would dress up in glam and androgynous looks. The challenges were making sure that it wasn’t a modern-day take on The Runaways, or a glossed-over Hollywood version. We wanted a true, gritty, realistic portrayal of these girls’ lives.