Forget stick straight or crunchy curly—When it comes to spring’s must-have hairstyle, the tide has turned. This season it’s all about waves, and thanks to a bevy of new styling product, it’s never been easier to catch the perfect one.
Wavy hair has been a hit on runways for the past several seasons, and now, big-name fashion houses—Chloé’s spring-summer 2008 campaign, for example—are acknowledging the trend, too. So it makes sense that hair care products formulated to help achieve these soft, slightly frizzy styles are available in stores this spring. Sunsilk has a Sea Mist, Gel & Cream Twist and shampoo and conditioner under its Waves of Envy brand; Redken is launching Elastic Works 09 Waving Gel; Charles Worthington has Big Waves, a range comprising a shampoo and conditioner, a Definition Creme and an Enhance Spray, and Sally Hershberger has an entire wave-enhancing collection under her mass market brand, Supreme Head. Hairstylist Tommy Buckett, who works out of Hershberger’s Manhattan Meatpacking District salon, says today’s waves are more matte than shiny, and more carefree than highly styled, à la Carrie Bradshaw. “Waves now have that Eighties feel, unlike the Seventies when it was all polished. Little flyaways are okay. If it’s a little wavier in some areas than others, that’s okay. Even frizz is okay,” says Buckett. Wave-specific products, he explains, have more moisture in them since the new wave is not “a crunchy curl. You can touch it, it’s more natural.” Long-lasting humidity resistance is achieved through ingredients such as brown algae extract in Hershberger’s items; Redken’s products utilize a high-tech bonding system; Sunsilk uses sea salt and Worthington uses conditioning agents to tame dryness.
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast