Fall’s Fringe Benefits
It all started last month in Hollywood. Jessica Biel was spotted with freshly cut forehead fringe, thus beginning an impressive run for the brow-grazing style that flits in and out of fashion. Reese Witherspoon made a break for bangs shortly after, followed promptly by Rachel McAdams and Liv Tyler. All signs seemed to point to the fact that the look was about to make its latest comeback, a heralded return that has been solidified on the Fall runways. “Fringes are fun,” hairstylist Paul Hanlon said backstage at Marni this morning (more on that in a bit), where he was custom-cutting heavy, Penelope Tree-inspired hair pieces for Consuelo Castiglioni’s collection after experimenting with a looser, whispy incarnation at Iceberg earlier this weekend. “It gives you a little character,” he said of the face-framing accessory—or turns you into one, as Guido Palau proved with the four models he dyed black and gave “stand-out” 1920s-era flapper bobs replete with Rooney Mara-like bangs that barely passed the hairline at Calvin Klein. What does it all mean? If you have the bone structure to carry it, there’s no better time than the present to make the cut. And if you don’t, well, there’s always the less permanent option of trial and error with clip-ons. “They’re great,” Palau says of the fake fringes he keeps in his kit for those moments that require them, like, say, backstage at Versace. Heed his advice, though: “Give them a natural texture,” rather than an über-smooth blow-out, so they blend with the rest of your hair.