THE VAN­ITY FILES

Beauty ex­pert MATHAHLE STOFILE and hair guru DAVID GILLSON talk del­i­cate hair­lines and fluid gen­der lines

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - CONTENTS - David Gillson is mas­ter stylist and part­ner at Carl­ton Hair, Hyde Park

‘GO­ING GEN­DERNEU­TRAL LETS US EX­PLORE MANY BEAUTY OP­TIONS’

DAVID SAYS… ‘Bor­row from the boys’

It’s Septem­ber, which means a fresh start. It also means I start relook­ing trends. Ever since Alessan­dro Michele took over at Gucci, the brand is back in the spot­light and, for me, the rea­son for its ‘cool­ness’ is his nod to the gen­derneu­tral. It’s be­come a big in uence on how we view beauty, in­clud­ing hair trends. Lon­don de­part­ment store Sel­f­ridges re­cently opened a oor of gen­derneu­tral cloth­ing, make-up and hair­care. Gor­geous trans­gen­der mod­els An­drej Peji , Isis King, Lea T and Ines Rau are now ma­jor play­ers on the fash­ion front, scor­ing beauty con­tracts and fash­ion cam­paigns. Bravely com­ing out on the cover of Van­ity Fair, Cait­lyn Jen­ner did won­ders for en­cour­ag­ing ac­cep­tance of the trans­gen­der com­mu­nity into the main­stream, as does Lav­erne Cox of Or­ange Is

the New Black fame ev­ery time she shows up on the red car­pet.

Men’s fash­ion is chang­ing as well – there wasn’t a beard in sight at the last menswear fash­ion week col­lec­tions, with the pop­u­lar 50s rock­a­billy look be­ing re­placed by a longer, slightly more fem­i­nine 0s shag. Prada, Gucci and Louis Vuit­ton showed male and fe­male mod­els look­ing very sim­i­lar. At Saint Lau­rent, both male and fe­male mod­els worked the same retro sen­si­bil­ity with cool 70s shags and very black eye­liner.

So it re­ally is a sea­son to bor­row from the boys and em­brace the boy-meets-girl aes­thetic, like Cara Delev­ingne and Ruby Rose. If you’re not brave enough to go for a to­tal boy­ish crop then it’s time to pinch the boyfriend’s gel or wax to work a more mas­cu­line feel into your cut. I like Davines’s More In­side Strong Dry Wax (R 0) and Strong Gel (R2 0) – both are great for achiev­ing this look.

Go­ing gen­der-neu­tral lets us ex­plore so many more fash­ion, beauty and hair­style op­tions, so em­brace the new trend and have fun.

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