Last week we took our hair inspiration from a seven-year-old (thank you Harper Beckham). This week, it’s a 16-year-old.
Kaia Gerber – arguably the most in-demand teenager in the world – knows how to wear her hair. Or at least Jen Atkin knows how to style it.
Attending the launch party of her new collaboration with Revolve and Karl Lagerfeld in Los Angeles, Gerber served up a very millennial take on ’90s dressing. Reconstructed power suit – cropped at the waist and abbreviated at the hem – she accompanied her new line with minimal makeup and an effortless bun with ‘bits’.
Reminiscent of ’90s hair and the infamous “slut strips”, the playfully mussed up ‘do with those strategic tuffs of hair around the face have been a regular fixture on the celebrity hair circuit. Recently, Kendall Jenner paraded a chignon with well-placed bits at the CDFA Fashion Awards. Fellow celeb progeny, Bella Hadid is also a fan, as too sister Gigi. And Hailey loves a little bit.
But, whilst the carefree bit ‘n’ bun combo may come off all I-woke-up-like-this, there is a strategy behind the seemingly lo-fi look. “The easiest, most foolproof way to get those loose bits dancing around your face freely is using your thumb and index finger, and piece out where you want the bits to escape,” says Anthony Nader. “This is a nice controlled and calculated way to frame the face and looks ever so editorial at the same time.” So strategically pull your tendrils out first, then pull it back. If you do the reverse, hair looks ravaged as opposed to irreverent.
Make it modern and keep the body glitter on ice. Straggly, solo strands have never looked so good.