Sam McKnight always executes Karl Lagerfeld’s Chanel hair vision to perfection. There have been curly beehives, easy up ‘dos, ribbon-tied plaits, even posy-topped ponies, but this year’s Resort show beckoned a simpler look, a look that was with every strand – unmistakably French. We are well-versed in what French girl hair stands for – effortless, insouciant, laissez-faire – and it was McKnight’s task to take this and make it more Chanel – i.e. add a touch of polish.
It was what McKnight coined “beret straight”, straight with the subtlest hint of movement that popped out beneath le beret with that laissez-faire spirit.
Firstly, hair was blow-dried dead straight and shiny, as below:
Then, it was “misted with a little water to bring a little of its natural bend back.”
Unfussy and uncomplicated, just that gentle texture gave a sense of movement, particularly when the girls walked. And the piece de resistance? A beret, of course. Every glossy mane was topped with the iconic French accessory in myriad fabrications, some textured in tweed, others fuzzy with wool, it was c’est chic, indeed.
So very French, and so very Chanel; it seems French girl hair rules once again.