The ballots are in and the Academy has spoken: this years' Oscar winners are signed, sealed, delivered. But while Hollywood's glamorous elite had their eyes on that little gold statue, all the public's eyes were on them—the red carpet fashion show that's almost as central to the event as the awards themselves. Did you tune in this past Sunday to see if your favourites won the prestigious award? While my opinion is by no means the final word, here's a peak at my favourite looks of the night from hair to fashion to beauty.
A few posts back, I reprimanded Jennifer Lawrence for hacking off her hair. I wasn't used to it and I didn't think it suited her. Now, after seeing her at the Oscars, I have completely changed my mind. She switched up her pixie with bouncy curls that gave her a stylish bedhead look. Contrasted with her red Dior gown and backwards Neil Lane jewels, she oozed fabulousness. And she pulled it off even while tripping (once again) down the red carpet, so I love her even more for that.
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Another favourite for me—both on the red carpet and on screen—was Cate Blanchett. Always the epitome of class, the "Best Actress" winner stunned in a bedazzled Armani gown that sparked controversy with critics. Say it washed her out or call it tacky, but in my opinion she showed off her avant-garde style in a dress that was very Cate. The 40s-inspired Old Hollywood waves for her golden blonde locks set off the look effortlessly.
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This month, the world's finest models and designers alike strutted the New York runways during the Big Apple's prestigious fashion week. Though the hype of the event surrounds the clothes, the hair is not to be ignored. Here's a quick peek at what's hot for the upcoming seasons, with a focus on a few trends.
Updos of all shapes and sizes made an appearance, from structured and intricate at Caroline Herrera, to flirty and feminine from Zac Posen, to loose and undone with Nicole Miller.
It's been popular for nearly a century. It's been looked down upon and admired. It's been sleek, it's been short, it's been voluminous, long, curly, layered and blunt. It's evolved and morphed with each decade, along with changing styles and tastes. It's arguably the most classic hairstyle, ever. It's the bob. And here's where it came from.
Though the bob really became popular in the 20th century, the haircut that we now know and love was inspired by a famous heroine back in the 15th century. Joan of Arc is said to have worn her hair cropped up near her ears in one of the oldest known versions of the bob. For Joan, the style was used to disguise her gender, as well as being a practical cut throughout the 100 Years' War. In 1909, French hairdresser Antoine revived the look at his salon, referencing Joan of Arc as an influence. The bob is still referred to as “coupe de la Jeanne D'Arc” in France.
Photo: 1917 cover of George Bernard Shaw's play
Another ancient source of bob inspiration is Cleopatra. Though her bob-like hairstyle was actually a pinned up hair piece, the pharoah is seen with a longer bob in most depictions of her.
Photo: Fox Film Corp.
The bob came to America in 1914, atop the head of ballroom dancer Irene Castle. To make her hair easier to deal with during recovery from a surgery, Castle cut off her hair into a bob. Afterwards, she hid her hair under hats and scarves when she went out in public until a friend urged her to show off the cut. She did, and a trend was born. A short cut with curls at the ends came to be known as the “Castle bob.”
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In 1920, F. Scott Fitzgerald published a short story called “Bernice Bobs Her Hair” which features a woman who becomes a femme fatale of sorts after bobbing her hair. Fitzgerald's wife also had a bob and he called her the first American flapper. The trend continued to grow throughout the 1920s, as women's rights increased and newfound independence encouraged women to take more liberties with their style. Cutting off long locks made a statement of their freedom and equality. At first, bobs were seen as too masculine and severe, but the cut soon became the epitome of the classic 1920s flapper style.
Photo: Paramount Pictures
By the 1930s and 1940s, the bob had become much less severe and had taken on a more feminine feel. Think Ginger Rogers and Bette Davis. The 1950s saw a more structured look, with the stereotypical 50s housewife. In the 1960s, stylist extraordinaire Vidal Sassoon unveiled his Five Point Bob, a short, angular, geometric take on the cut. Also in the 60s, Sassoon gave Diana Ross her signature bob: big and blunt. Bobs stayed big and blown out through to the 70s, and were often messy and unkempt. By the 80s, punk had even made its stamp on the style when Dutch hairdresser Christiaan Houtenbos shaved underneath the back and on the sides. Then, once the 90s arrived, fashion-forward bobs took a leave of absence and they became simply another choice at the salon.
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The bob was revived again with Victoria Beckham in the early 2000s when her hair stylist gave her an angular inverted bob. And now, we're seeing a return to a longer version of the cut with the lob.
Photos: Getty Images/Jennifer Graylock
So there you have it. A brief history of a classic cut that's seen so many variations it's impossible to mention them all. I'll leave you with a fun fact that, embarrassingly, I'd never considered before: the bobby pin was invented in the 1920s to hold women's recently bobbed hair out of their faces.
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Editor's note: Kenzi had this all written up and ready to go, and I went to New Orleans and sorta forgot to post it. File under "better late than never!" Sorry about that. -Kat
Last Sunday, Hollywood's finest strutted the red carpet at the Golden Globes, and though we're all about hair here at Sin 7, let's take a look at some fashion hits and misses.
First up, the winners of the night—for style, that is. Olivia Wilde donned a gorgeous green gown that emphasized her baby bump rather than hiding it. We commend her for that, and love the mermaid vibe of the Gucci dress with her loose ombre hair.
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Next, we love Emma Watson's creative Dior number—a fully backless, bright red dress with a pair of navy slacks underneath. Cute, eyecatching, and something that set her apart from the rest.
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Struggling to figure out how often to trim your tresses? The frequency of your haircuts depends on a few things. What is the style you're trying to maintain? Do you have layers or is your hair mostly one length? Are you growing it out or keeping it where it's at? Everyone has their own personal preference for how their hair looks. One person might be okay with a bit of a shaggier, grown-out style and can go a little longer between cuts. Another won't be able to stand even the slightest overgrowth and needs a trip to the salon on a more regular basis.