Posts tagged with "Chrissy Teigen"

Why pink is the ‘statement-making’ hair color trend of the pandemic

January 13, 2021

In a time of pandemic, many celebrities are going out of their way to show that they are “in the pink.” Just last weekend, Chrissy Teigen unveiled a pink-purple do, while Jennifer Lopez’s stylist showed the actor and singer sporting a similar shade just before Christmas.

Variants of the color have dominated 2020’s biggest pop culture moments, and that looks set to carry on in 2021, reports The Guardian.

Justin Bieber went pink for his Yummy video in January, while Lady Gaga went pink in February for her Stupid Love video. And others such as Dua LipaMadonna and comedian Whitney Cummings dyed their hair rose, fuchsia, and bubblegum.

 “In the past year, we’ve sold one pink hair product every 30 seconds,” Alex Brownsell, co-founder and creative director of hair company Bleach, told The Guardian, adding, “which is a 50% increase from the previous year.”

There’s no doubt pink translates well on social. “As beauty influencers and consumers, we tend to lean towards things that are eye-catching and statement-making,” Los Angeles-based celebrity hair stylist DaRico Jackson told the news outlet. “Not only does pink pop on your page, but it matches up on all sides.”

Despite the apparent extremity of choosing the shade as a hair color, it is not an allegiance that needs to last forever. “It’s a low-commitment color that fades or washes out when you get bored of it,” commented Rachael Gibson, editor of the Hair Historian on Instagram.

She added the obvious:  “Pink is a very joyful, positive color, which is frankly what we all need.”.

Research contact: @guardian

Back in style: If you want to get ahead, get a headband

September 25, 2020

They were everywhere in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wore them frequently, as did Alicia Silverstone in Clueless, Selma Blair in Legally Blonde—and the ultimate queen of headbands and venomous remarks, Leighton Meester as Gossip Girl ’s Blair Waldorf .

And they were almost single-handedly resurrected in 2018 by Chrissy Tieigen, who upped her social game with a new Instagram Storie series called “Headband of the Day”  (or #HBOTD) while on vacation with husband John Legend and their two children. Legend even penned a song about her

Before the pandemic, the hair accessory featured largely on the catwalks of top brands. Prices varied widely, with a Tom Ford glass-crystal version coming in at a cool $1,960, while Asos and Topshop versions start at $6.25

“Headbands are driving sales on jewelery, which are up 70% in the last year,”  an Asos spokesperson told The Guardian. “We are seeing really good reactions, particularly to florals. We have sold out of animal and geo print styles, and last week vintage prints were our bestsellers. We have 73 new styles about to drop online.”

Experts say the look is definitely making a comeback. “The headband is a key accessory that designers are embracing, and it’s a quick fix that keeps hair chic and tidy for the summer,” said Tina Outen, a stylist used by Vogue.

The trend is back in fashion because of its nostalgic feel, the Guardian notes. “A thinner band that sits further back on the head brings a 1960s vibe, while a piece of colorful patterned fabric knotted on the side evokes the 1970s girl look,” said Outen. “The huge 1980s revival sees polka dot hairbands ruched to imitate a scrunchie, and the 1990s look is a wide band worn low on the hairline.”

Caryn Franklin, fashion commentator and professor at Kingston School of Art, told The Guardian that she agrees. “From Grace Kelly and Jackie Kennedy onwards, the headband has had so many key moments. Wearing one allows us to channel the energy of grace under pressure,” she said.

Social media platforms have also helped, in part because headbands photograph well. Hannah Almassi, editorial director of Who What Wear UK, said: “In a super-visual age it makes sense to add to an outfit with look-at-me headgear. Floral headbands peaked due to their overuse at festivals, but tweak them a little and you have something that can feel entirely current.”

Research contact: @Guardian

‘Summit’ talks: What on Earth is the ‘Boyfriend Cliff’?

July 22, 2020

On July 20, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled a detailed, colorful poster entitled New York Toughdepicting the surge of the coronavirus pandemic within the state as a steep mountain that New Yorkers worked hard to flatten by their cooperative actions to shelter in place, shut down all nonessential businesses, test for the virus, social distance and wear masks; and support the healthcare heroes who work at the front.

But in addition to this familiar visual metaphor, Claire Lampen, a writer for New York Magazine’s The Cut, noted that the poster “…also features a bunch of highly specific yet bewildering symbols: ‘Winds of Fear’ bluster around the mountain as the crisis builds; a mask mandate at the mountain’s peak helps usher New York into its first phase of reopening; and the economy, portrayed as a river (?), feeds into the “Sea of Division” (??).

However, “perhaps the most perplexing detail,” Lampen says, “is the “Boyfriend Cliff”—represented by a little crag [midway up the right side of the mountain] with a small man dangling from its tip.”

“Is the ‘Boyfriend Cliff’ where we dispose of … boyfriends once we are through with them? Does the ‘Boyfriend Cliff’ refer to a boyfriend named Cliff?” she asks.

Or does the “Boyfriend Cliff” symbolize your relationship falling off a cliff when you and the significant other you don’t live with, who (again) may not be a boyfriend, realize you won’t be seeing each other for a few months due to social-distancing recommendations.

Some think it’s a personal reference made by the governor. For example, Syracuse.com seems pretty certain the “Boyfriend Cliff” harks back to a comment Cuomo previously made at a press conference, concerning his daughter Mariah Kennedy Cuomo, her boyfriend (not named Cliff), and the Cuomo family’s Spaghetti Sundays.

Chrissy Teigen, who weighed in on Twitter, seems to agree with this reading. She reminded Cuomo that he had claimed to “like the boyfriend,” prompting Cuomo to clarify, “We do like the  boyfriend. Alll boyfriends face a steep climb.”

The Cut contacted Cuomo’s office for answers. Two days later, Peter Ajemian— Cuomo’s senior deputy communications director—offered an explanation. According to Ajemian, the “Boyfriend Cliff” is simply “an ongoing‎, playful bit the governor has been doing publicly with his family over the past few months to help lighten spirits during an incredibly difficult time.” And why a cliff? There is so much we still don’t know.

Research contact: @TheCut