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The iconic hairstyles of fashion designers, starting from Karl Lagerfeld’s low ponytail

Iconic hairstyles and where to find them: perhaps on the heads of most people great fashion designers of yesterday, today and tomorrow. Because it is clear that becoming a legend also means knowing how to pass unscathed through the tsunami of fashions and trends that are then decreed by the stylists themselves.

These couture artists have risen above every wardrobe whim and succeeded to maintain a solid image over time which helped make them absolutely divine. Starting right from hair. Here then is an overview of the hairlooks that have become trademarks of the most influential stylists of all timeof those who were the rising stars of the fashion firmament, between anecdotes, history and myth.

Karl Lagerfeld

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More than ever on everyone’s lips and on screens, the Kaiser is a trending topic also thanks to Becoming Karl Lagerfeld, the series about her early years in the world of fashion available from June 7 on Disney+. Taking on his role and only in the last episodes is the famous pigtail, the German actor Daniel Brühl who follows in his footsteps in Paris from the early 70s to when he became, even visually speaking, the Karl Lagerfeld that we all know, very famous and celebrated in world.

Becoming Karl Lagerfeld.  Courtesy Disney

Becoming Karl Lagerfeld. Courtesy Disney

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And it was precisely the introduction of his low ponytail the move that would become an integral part of his very strong image. According to Caroline Lebar, Karl Lagerfeld’s longtime colleague and senior vice president of image and communications, the ponytail originally created to tame the soft curls that framed the designer’s face has evolved into a sort of marketing tool. At one point in the 1980s, as the designer considered a slight change in style, a member of Elizabeth Arden’s communications team (with whom Lagerfeld worked on Karl Lagerfeld’s KL fragrance) told him that abandoning this hairstyle might be harmful to future campaigns.

So Lagerfeld embraced the idea of ​​never changing his image again. Definitely, her ponytail is a lesson in branding. Karl knew that the silhouette of his hair was instantly recognisable, like many of the immortal cultural icons that are indelibly imprinted in our brains: Elvis, Monroe, Einstein, Marie Antoinette, Queen Elizabeth. With that low pony his iconic status survived. Today his hair is also celebrated by the haircare line Rowenta x KARL LAGERFELD who has thought of a selection of three products for high-performance results in every season, even in summer: hairdryer, straightener and hot air brush.

The hairdryer from the Rowenta x Karl Lagerfeld line

The hairdryer from the Rowenta x Karl Lagerfeld line

Donatella Versace

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At 11 years old Donatella Versace, natural born brunettedyed her hair platinum blonde. But it wasn’t a completely independent choice, driven by a particularly rebellious spirit: it was, in fact, induced by her brother Gianni who convinced her that it was the right hairstyle for her personality. The truth from here broadens to what we can easily consider the designer’s total passion/obsession for Patty Pravo, whose ethereal appearance is underlined by a mass of shiny and compact gold threads. So much so that the perfume was born in 1995 Blonde in homage to cDonatella’s platinum hair which has always distinguished her since then, and which is Patty’s.

Coco Chanel

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The immortal French creative wore her thick wavy hair cut in a a slightly messy bob with a deep side parting. The success of the cut becomes so also because she is the one who shows it off: the bob thus became a fundamental look for every fashionable flapper woman of the 1920s of yesterday and of the 4.0 girls of the 1920s of today. But not everyone knows that the creation of Mademoiselle’s bob was due to an accident. Coco accidentally burned her hair on her stove compromising much of it, so she was forced to cut it. This explains the genesis of a trend. Practically a case that marked the history of hairstyles forever.

Alessandro Michele

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The former creative director of Gucci, now of Valentino, has a truly recognizable image. Thanks above all to flowing brown hair combined with the hipster beard. Alessandro Michele himself confided to Corriere della Sera that he emulated his father who wore his hair even more extreme and that he only cut it very short once in his life, out of pure curiosity. For the rest he has always worn them well above his shoulders for a matter of comfort: «I get up, brush them off and go» declared the creative visionary. In any case, now, I am absolutely one of his signature.

Krizia

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The most famous bob of Italian fashion is his: very black, compact, with slightly rounded tips and full bangs up to the eyes. The haircut never betrayed by Mariuccia Mandelli aka Krizia is itself the symbol of freedom and boldness by the famous designer from Bergamo. Immutable over time and fashions and therefore also in color, it soon became one of its trademarks.

Sonia Rykiel

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«His appearance is immediately recognisable flaming hairhe captured the imagination of artists including Andy Warhol, Giacometti and Jean Cocteau,” Susannah Frankel wrote in the magazine in 2008 Another. Frankel was obviously referring to the late designer Sonia Rykiel: in particular her copper and fluffy hairstyle symbolized the equally rebellious nature of the women she dressed; a clichéd metaphor, perhaps, but one that rings true to this day, highlighted in the ongoing celebration in her maison’s collections of her iconic hairstyle. French-born Rykiel embraced her frizzy aura with ease. «I was born with this bright red mane. My mother tried to dye my hair. No one had that in our family,” he once said. In fact, instead of opting to soften its shaggy texture, or tone down its vivid hue, he always highlighted it so much that it has remained a Rykiel signature. until his death.

Mary Quant

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We are in 1963, shortly after the birth of the famous miniskirt which revolutionized women’s clothing, when Mary Quant decided to rely on the famous Vidal Sasson who created the famous and iconic Angular bob for her. Over time the cut became a symbol of the style and fashion of that period, as well as one of the most famous hairstyles that allowed the hairdresser to go down in history. The stylist sported it for more than 40 years, for her as for the women who chose it this particular hair style brought with it very important feelings such as optimism and rebellion. To create the cut Sasson was inspired by the architecture of the Bauhaus of the 1920s, she therefore went to create the cut where there was nothing superfluous but only what was necessary.

Maria Grazia Chiuri

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The case of Maria Grazia Chiuri, creative director of Dior, is a little different. For years very blonde and very bleached, only a short time ago he decided to return to his brown origins, maintaining the common thread of a helmet, a little shorter or longer if necessary, extremely smooth. «Eight years ago he changed his brown hair to a very light blonde due to his desire. We made this switch overnight. And then I have always personally taken care of her color: Maria Grazia is often in Rome but many times it happens that I go to Paris.” He says the word of the hairstylist Giuseppe Tessier, owner, together with his brother Carlo, of the Tessier salons, including the one behind Piazza di Spagna in Rome, which still takes care of Chiuri’s hair today. “To her doesn’t like wavy hair, hates waves, he wants them only and exclusively smooth. The only variation is the length of the helmet, which sometimes makes it shorter, sometimes longer for reasons of practicality.”

Giuseppe Tessier and Maria Grazia Chiuri

Giuseppe Tessier and Maria Grazia Chiuri

«Lately Maria Grazia, after many years of platinum hair, has expressed the desire to return to her origins, also pushed by her family and assistants. So I realized about her a brown in chestnut nuance, neither too hot nor too cold. However, a result with a very natural effect with slightly lighter tips, closer to its base. For haircare, I leave you the products that I make and use in my salons.”

Giuseppe Tessier and Maria Grazia Chiuri

Giuseppe Tessier and Maria Grazia Chiuri

Saturday De Sarno

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Among the most promising fashion 4.0 designers, Sabato De Sarno, current creative director of Gucci, seems to have already found his stylistic signature which is expressed through a sort of rigorous minimalism, distinctive trait that is (also) reflected in the hair. Carlo Tessier, Giuseppe’s brother, takes care of his hairstyling (the two hairdressers also take care of the curly hair of the world’s No. 1 tennis champion Jannik Sinner as well as characters like Isabella Rossellini, Edoardo Leo, And Chiara Nasti among others), who told us: «I have been following Sabato since he worked at Valentino and I was already in charge of his look. I have always proposed cuts that reflect him, therefore simple and never too elaborate. His today short cut is faded at the sides it is slightly long at the front for a natural and not at all aggressive effect, associated with a two-day beard. A look perfectly in line with his chic, elegant and innovative fashion, with attention to the smallest details.”

Carlo Tessier and Sabato De Sarno

Carlo Tessier and Sabato De Sarno


Source: Vanity Fair

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