Even as the stars were strolling down the Red Carpet at the recent 2011 Academy Awards fashionistas were frantically scribbling notes. Not only were they trying to get all the details about the gown, the jewels, the hair, make-up and shoes, in some cases they were working for companies who are knocking off the gowns.
(Reese Witherspoon at 2011 Academy Awards - DC Media - All Rights Reserved)
Did you read that right? Yes indeed. As recently reported on NBC's Today show, Red Carpet gowns are evaluated for convertibility to the general public and then instantly copied for Proms, weddings and other special events. Some of the dresses can already be ordered and will be delivered in a matter of weeks.
This information is noteworthy because outfits like Jennifer Hudson wore added up to a cool million dollars for the gown and the accessories and the converted knock-offs usually retail in the hundreds rather than the thousands.
Meanwhile on the hair front, converted Red Carpet hairstyles are key for Spring Prom and Weddings.
If you're planning your own Prom, Spring Formal or Wedding entrance, why not copy some of the top hairstyles showcased at the 2011 Oscars?
Reese Witherspoon Rocked 60s Inspired High Crown Pony
Many fashion watched declared Witherspoon a big winner at the Oscars. She wore a breathtaking strapless Armani Privé gown. Her buttery blonde tresses were coiffed by celebrity hair stylist Rentao Campora for Fekkai in a gorgeous ponytail.
Her ponytail was right on trend since ponytails are all the rage at the current 2011 Paris fashion shows.
Campora did a great job of designing a hairstyle which worked with, rather than against, her gown. He explained to the media “I wanted to showcase her shoulders, neck, and beautiful earrings." Thick black lashes were added to accentuate Witherspoon’s retro-chic look. Her look was softened and modernized with matte pink lips, top-lined lids and stunning emerald-and-diamond Neil Lane drop earrings.
How To Copy
The key to copying the gorgeous retro pony is to bump up hair slightly from the hairline extending back to the crown where tresses are pumped up even higher before cascading down onto the back of the shoulders.
Celeb hairstylist Campora shared his secrets for how to create the '60s glamour 'do. Follow the steps below to copy the look:
1. On newly washed, towel blotted, detangled tresses Campora applied Fekkai Coiff Bouffant Lifting & Texturizing Spray Gel and Fekkai Silky Straight Ironless Smooth Finish Serum. These products were used as a foundation for a picture perfect hairstyle.
2. Campora blow-dried Witherspoon's strands with Fekkai's Large Round Brush to create fullness and volume.
3. He divided the hair into two sections.
4. The roots of the hair were teased and then lightly smoothed to create fullness. He also created a slight separation throughout the top of the hairstyle extending back from the roots with his fingers.
Hint: If you don't get the same amount of lift at the base of the pony you can stack two ponytails together for a higher, fuller look. The top pony should be positioned so that if completely covers the under pony. An add-on pony applied to your own base pony will also create this really full 60s look.
6. Using a 1 and a half-inch curling iron he worked around the bottom layer of the hair to create movement and volume with the slight flip at the end of the pony. It was a perfect finishing touch.
7. The look was set with Fekkai Coiff Sheer Hold Hairspray.
The good news is that if your own hair isn't long enough to create the same look as Witherspoon's you can still create this mod-60s hairstyle with the addition of an add-on ponytail, a set of clip-in extensions or with the help of semi-perm style fusion or tied hair extensions added before your big event.
Not only does a high ponytail look totally glamorous and elegant, it works great with a strapless gown. Beautifully finished hair can be showcased with a pair of drop earrings like the former Oscar winner showcased. You don't have to go with Neil Lane if your budget can't handle it, but there are lots of gorgeous earrings fitting into your budget which would work. You can even forego other jewels.
Another side benefit of this ponytail is that is pulls the face taut so that the complexion looks smooth and flawless.
This hairstyle can be created by your favorite hairstylist or at home with the help of a friend. You can even experiment and practice and come up with your own version.
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