Kristen Stewart Experiments With a New ’50s Fringe for the Met Gala
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Having recently switched her platinum hair for strawberry blonde, a look she unveiled while promoting her new film Spencer (in which she stars as Princess Diana), at the Venice Film Festival, Kristen Stewart experimented with a new hairstyle at 2021’s Met Gala. Channelling 1950s rockabilly style, the actor paired a retro ponytail—complete with a pin-up “victory roll” fringe—with pink brocade Chanel. (The nostalgic effect echoed the Old Hollywood beauty mood in evidence elsewhere on the red carpet at the Met.)
“Rosie the Riveter was a reference in my mind, as well as the impact and symbol of women’s independence,” says the hairstylist behind the look, Adir Abergel. “When I saw Kristen’s Chanel suit, I immediately looked at references of Betty Grable, Rita Hayworth, Bettie Page and those famous victory rolls that framed their faces for inspiration.” Using Virtue hair products, including the Volumizing Primer to create memory and hold in Stewart’s hair, Abergel created the faux bangs by creating a V-shape at the front of Stewart’s hairline, then rolling this section of hair into a classic pin-up-style fringe once the ponytail was complete. To finish the high pony, he secured it with some black string for a low-maintenance finish.
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Meanwhile, Jillian Dempsey, Stewart’s make-up artist, described the look as “all about lashes, a sharp arched brow, polished skin and chiseled cheeks,” which she achieved with a little help from Chanel’s roster of make-up products—including the Eyeshadow Quad 364 Candeur et Seduction, used to create a defined eye worthy of Grease.
Topped off with a defined brow and fluttery false eyelashes, the look is a far cry from Stewart’s usual grungy, androgynous vibe. But one thing is for sure: it’s certainly working for her.
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