THE VANITY FILES
Beauty expert MATHAHLE STOFILE and hair guru DAVID GILLSON talk delicate hairlines and fluid gender lines
‘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.