What’s the GLOSS?

The buzz in glam­our is wet, wet, wet. By Li Ying Lim.

Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - Beauty -

When Mary-Kate Olsen ca­su­ally strolled through Lower East Side Man­hat­tan with wet, slicked-back locks in the mid­dle of Au­gust, we were charmed. Not only be­cause New York­ers hardly hit the streets with damp hair – high-main­te­nance blow-dries have be­come de rigueur – but also be­cause in her chic, all-black tai­lored en­sem­ble, Olsen showed the world that you don’t need to be in Juicy Cou­ture and leo­tards to jus­tify the raw sex­i­ness of a shiny wet mane.

As we cruise into Au­tumn/Win­ter ’13, the surfer-girl tress af­fair is hav­ing a real mo­ment. But this is more screen sirens off­stage, rather than Cal­i­for­nian sun­shine. Wasn’t it Karl Lager­feld who fa­mously said: “Too much sun­shine dulls the mind?” The sun-drenched style of ear­lier fash­ion sea­sons has now come out look­ing more darkly glam­orous and edgier, like a woman who has just picked up her coat and left the house to traipse by the Seine on a cold, rainy evening.

This edge was pre­cisely what hair mas­ter Guido Palau had in mind when he cre­ated the look for Prada Au­tumn/Win­ter ’13. “This sea­son was about a more wom­anly kind of Diesel Au­tumn/ Win­ter ’13 beauty – very cin­e­matic, with ref­er­ences to film noir,” he says. Wet may have been key but there is a dy­namic spirit in the look. On the Marc Ja­cobs run­way, pixie crops gleamed sen­su­ously un­der the spot­lights but were not drenched like at Prada’s show.

Mean­while, at Louis Vuit­ton, the girls strut­ted out with ’50s bobs and care­lessly sheared bangs as though declar­ing a suc­cess­ful break from the iron throes of dis­pas­sion­ate book­ers and film man­agers. “It’s in­spired by a French girl on the Left Bank of Seine in Paris, who might have cut her own hair,” says Palau of the coif­fure. “De­sign­ers wanted to cap­ture mo­ments in beauty, so I cre­ated hair­styles that looked caught in the mo­ment, as if a woman was caught in the rain.”

How­ever, this look is not just for the free spir­its of Left Bank. At So­nia Rykiel, damp manes were given a shot of quirky French mod. It is all about in­sou­ciance, so prac­tise that shrug, but don’t for­get poise.

Dior Au­tumn/ Win­ter ’13

Os­car de la Renta Au­tumn/ Win­ter ’13

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