With the Met Gala still fresh in our minds and the China theme so big at the moment, it makes sense to see the Chanel resort 2016 collection take place in Seoul. While we already talked about Karl Lagerfeld’s incredibly beautiful Chanel outfits that were shown off, looking all chic and sophisticated, entirely in the Chanel fashion house element, it was the famous Sam McKnight who was responsible for those wacky but wonderful hairdos the models sported. Of course, we expect that it was no easy feat but who better to pull it off than McKnight himself? He is, after all, one of the most accomplished and well respected hairdressers in the fashion world today, particularly of his generation. He has worked the field for over 40 years and his portfolio includes the beautiful Princess Diana as well. Over the years he has appeared in many a magazine, ranging back to the year 1980. That was before many of us were even born. Iconic hairstyles are totally his thing and the Chanel fashion house has only gained from his expertise over the years. He is a sculptor of hair who takes things to a new level, uses techniques not taught typically in salons and can have the hair do just about everything all at once, that’s how good he is. That might be why he has been doing the Chanel resort 2016 hairstyles as well; nothing but the best for the olden fashion label. Coco would have loved McKnight.
When describing his experience with the beauty at Chanel Seoul resort 2016 show, McKnight states, “Karl sent me images, photos and paintings of traditional hairstyles worn by ancient Korean nobility, and we then made 120 and black hair braids from synthetic hair dressed with beeswax to keep it in place. We made different shapes, from cute Minnie Mouse ears to large triple back buns and traditionally inspired crowns, almost making them into hats which were fastened with clips and combs onto each girl’s hair.” We have to admit that it all looked so very good and the real life Minnie Mouse resemblance was astounding. It was even more interesting with the models’ own hair having been kept a natural hue, in textured ponytails to create a manga cartoon effect. We can so very easily imagine these characters in Sailor Moon or Cardcaptor Sakura. The makeup itself was rather doll-like with the false lashes at the center of both lash lines and the neon pink lips. The thickened brows and the wisps of baby hair were captivating on their own, while we were sure that it was Korean royalty we were seeing out on stage instead of your typical models.
This was a rather fun collection to be seen and we have to admit those buns on each side of the head would have looked betters as pigtails with Sailor Moon-esque strands fluttering about in the wind. The clothing may have been awesome on its own, but it was the hair that really made us smile and want to check out more of the line-up being presented. How can we not fall in love?
Photos courtesy of Vogue UK