Flashback! Who else has fond memories of David Bowie in the 80’s (Labyrinth, anyone?) and the unreal trend that he instigated—the undercut? It’s back, with the likes of Haider Ackermann, Rick Owens, Salvatore Ferragamo & Paul Smith all showcasing their take on the look in their latest shows. Let’s not forget Rihanna pulling this look off recently, and of course our fave Project Runway winner Anya Ayoung-Chee (pictured) hacking her hair off with god knows what utensil!
This is a classic case of a trend that I have to admire folks for whipping out, but I just don’t think would work for me. The beauty of trends– you don’t HAVE to follow-suit for those that just don’t fit your repertoire.
While this undercut trend is quite the commitment (it takes what feels like eons to grow back out as you’re essentially shaving sections of your hair razor-short) we have the benefit of phenomenal hair stylists who have taught us the techniques to achieve the look with out chopping it right off! All of the designers above used heavy duty gel/pomade to slick back the under portions of their models hair to achieve the look, except for ONE daring chickita, Freja Beha Erichsen (pictured), on Haider Ackermann’s runway.
We have the tendency to associate undercuts/sidecuts with the rebellious punk/metal/gothic underground scene. But now, these cuts are beginning to be a little more commonplace amongst the edgiest fashionista’s who are willing to pull off this militant look!
It’s not as cray-cray on people with already lobbed locks, but those with longer hair who take the bic to their hair are bound to turn heads. When the hair is long, surprisingly, the style emphasizes ones femininity, especially if you play up the rest of your feminine features; your eyes, your lips, your fashion sense!
It’s a fabulous way to graphically alter the look of your hair. The more chiseled cuts look great on women with softer features, and those with edgier features may want to opt for longer undercuts for an artsy-feel that’s not quite as balls to the wall.
Keep in mind, if you’re willing to dawn this look, whatever you do, don’t go to some random barber who doesn’t know what they’re up to. Do some research and approach a stylist who is known for achieving this look. Once they have attained the look to your desire, you can maintain it at home by trimming it every two weeks with a hair trimmer, or asking a friend that you trust!
On that uber-relevant note, I just have to mention Anya Ayoung-Chee’s propensity towards a well-crafted garment. As the winner of the most recent season of Project Runway, it’s difficult to NOT follow her every move, as this is just the beginning. Other interesting facts? She actually won the Miss Trinidad and Tobago Universe contest, was a contestant in the Miss Universe pageant in ’08, and didn’t learn how to sew until just a few months before her Project Runway competition began.
Check out the best of her Spring ’12 collection, here: