The key word at the Chanel spring 2016 haute couture show, was “croissant.” The models’ hair was artfully sculpted into a crescent-shaped bun that—in true Chanel fashion—was sleek, sophisticated, and pure drama.
by Evi Georgiou
“The inspiration was a Picasso sculpture, which Karl [Lagerfeld] showed me, with shaped hair in the back,” said Hairstylist Sam McKnight, whose team spent three days creating 80 large hair forms out of wire before covering them all in human hair to match each model’s natural hair color. “We then spent two days fitting the pieces on each of the 65 models,” he explained. So all in all, it took McKnight and his team five full days to get ready for the show, a commitment that certainly paid off. The dramatic bun felt quite elegant thanks to a severe middle part and a finish as smooth as blown glass, but it also had a young, quirky, thoroughly modern vibe thanks to the large size, cute shape, and the swoops of black liner framing the models’ eyes.