'Eccentric' hair inspired by Austen's 'Emma'
October 26, 1996
Web posted at: 3:30 p.m. EDT
From Correspondent Elsa Klensch
LONDON (CNN) -- Emma, the strong-willed young woman in the
movie of the same name based on the 19th century novel by
Jane Austen, was the inspiration for many of the hairstyles
at London's spring fashion shows.
"I think that so many of the shows had that sort of feeling,
but it was obviously different in its interpretation," says
London hairstylist John Frieda.
Frieda and his team of stylists worked on most of the spring
shows. Like "Emma," the look of Bella Freud models was
Emma-inspired hairstyles are mane attraction
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"I think Bella really is the epitome of that (look)," Frieda
said. For the models, he divided three different sections of
hair into pieces, which they molded into pads.
"They are almost like long padded shapes, and the hair was
rolled around each one at different sorts of places on the
head," Frieda said. "And then little pieces of hair sort of
pulled out of them because again, none of these looks should
look absolutely perfect."
Nicole Farhi's models had curls in common with "Emma." The
look is more free and a bit disheveled.
"It was quite unstructured, you know, and just sort of coming
forward," Frieda said. "The top was quite flat and very, very
The style was as if "Emma" had just rolled out of bed and
gone to the show. "She'd either gotten out of bed and hadn't
put it up yet or she'd gone home and just taken it down,"
For Paul Frith, the models' hair was diagonally parted right
across the top of their head with two sections swept back
behind the ears. The hair was then rolled into large pin
curls behind the ears in a very English style.
"(It's) very English, yes. (A) very sort of nice English take
on that sort of romantic look," Frieda said.
The hair for the Pearce/Fionda show was very romantic.
"Carey Warren, who did the hair for the Pearce/Fionda show,
was absolutely wonderful," Frieda said. "What he did again
was he scraped the hair back, but then he used these
wonderful sort of fuzzy pieces of hair that he put in all
different kinds of ways.
"He put sort of one on one side and the other on the other
side and then created this very asymmetrical, slightly
eccentric, mad look," Frieda added. "Because the English, you
know, we have to be a little bit eccentric with our hair."
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