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'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 slightly eccentric.

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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 loose."

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," Frieda said.

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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