Filed under: 18th Century, Marie Antoinette | Tags: Ashley Olsen, Balmain, Chanel, Dree Hemingway, Frida Gustavsson, pastel hair, Tavi, Vogue, Vogue Germany March 2010
As Vogue recently reported, pastel hair is having its day as a trend, and I have to say I rather like it. It reminds me of Madame Pompadour style 18th Century powdered locks.
Fear not. I don’t intend to go pastel, dear readers, as anything other than dark brown or red hair looking back at me in the mirror would fluster me unnecessarily these days. I have been through every shade in the rainbow, so although my funky hair days are behind me, I can still appreciate the look on other people.
Tavi wears it very well (I think you have to be young and cute to get away with that colour and not be called a granny!) and Roxanne follows the look through to her powder pink jacket, toughening up the look with Vivienne Westwood shoes.
Giles Deacon’s choice of watercolour hues for the locks of his models at Paris Fashion Week are possibly responsible for kicking off the trend into the mainstream.
Ashley Olsen opted for an altogether more subtle take on the look, with streaks of different coloured pastels rather than an all-over wash, but I think it reads as a bit of a cop-out. It’s edging towards a sixth former being bored in an art class and colouring in their highlights with chalk. Sorry, dear.
I far prefer the braver souls who have plumped for an all-over colour with graduating tones, such as Swedish model Frida Gustavsson’s shoot for Vogue Germany’s March 2010 issue. Very Marie Antoinette Goes Biker Chick Goth!
And of course Chanel had beautifully sculptured pastel-streaked bouffants a-plenty (rather more sophisticated than Ms Olsen’s I feel, but perhaps less practical!)
All this pastel makes me feel rather Spring-like, even though the weather currently disagrees. Ah, how I long for the end of drizzle and ice. Anyway, if you can’t stand the cutesy sweetness of pastel hair, just opt for an accessory instead. Probably easier for most of us, in the long run, let’s face it!
Of course I had to find a selection of treasures to share with you. If you enjoy pastels, or simply prefer looking at them on other people, I do hope you’ll enjoy my selection of shops for you to browse through. 🙂
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