THE RE­TURN OF THE BOB

Is this trend the mark of an­other sig­nif­i­cant era? By Anne Lee.

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On the streets of Lon­don, Paris, and Tokyo this sea­son, the neck-bar­ing, slightly-be­low-the-ear bob has been mak­ing heads turn. Case in point: Ja­panese DJ and so­cial me­dia in­flu­encer Made­moi­selle Yu­lia, who sported this look through­out Paris Fash­ion Week and on her home ground. Struc­tured and ta­pered, the cropped look re­mains time­less but this time, styled with a bold punch. Then again, there has al­ways been a cer­tain al­lure sur­round­ing the bob; its androgynous al­lu­sion and con­nec­tion to fe­male em­pow­er­ment be­ing main fac­tors. Con­sciously or sub­con­sciously, this hair­style has been a re­flec­tion of the state of mind as much as it is a fash­ion state­ment. Since the ’20s, par­tic­u­larly on silent-film-era star Louise Brooks, the bob has been a sym­bol of lib­er­a­tion, fear­less­ness, and so­cial re­bel­lion. In the ’60s when women fought for equal­ity in the work­place, it made a come­back un­der Vi­dal Sas­soon’s deft hands, and to­day, with peo­ple ral­ly­ing for equal­ity across the globe, this sym­bol of re­bel­lious eras past is back in the lime­light. Coin­ci­dence or rebel with a cause? You de­cide.

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Percy & Reed Bril­liantly Beau­ti­ful Su­per­gloss­ing Mask, RM141 Made­moi­selle Yu­lia at the Loewe Au­tumn/ Winter ’17 show in Paris

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