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Embracing the theme of this year’s Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala, “Charles James: Beyond Fashion,” hairstylists looked to the couturier’s New York heyday — the 1950s — for inspiration when creating their clients’ hairstyles.
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Sarah Jessica Parker, one of the first bold names to work the carpet, made a big style statement with her sweeping Oscar de la Renta gown and voluminous updo bedecked in flowers, courtesy of her go-to hair guy, Serge Normant. Though Parker’s bouffant was possibly the night’s most elaborate hairstyle, she was not alone among the guests dabbling in sophisticated, detailed styles reminiscent of decades past.
Lea Michele‘s hairspray-heavy Sophia Loren-esque drapey twist (courtesy of Christian Marc), Claire Danes‘ elegant face-framing updo (Peter Butler styled it) and Jessica Alba‘s polished, rolled style (thanks to Davy Newkirk) were all glamorous renditions of old Hollywood looks.
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Newkirk styled Alba’s look using John Frieda products, starting with Frizz Ease Curl Reviver Mousse on her wet hair to give volume and shape to Alba’s waves, and finishing with Frizz Ease Secret Weapon Touch-up Creme to achieve the smooth and shiny texture. For Danes’ style, Butler also relied on mousse and shine spray (both from Moroccanoil) to create volume and lasting shine.
Regardless of which product brand was used, what each of these women’s stylists managed to do is create a look that stayed true to the theme of the night, offering a nod to the past without looking stodgy or old-fashioned, and ultimately giving their clients looks worth writing about.
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