Humans, horses, and orangutangs are among the few species that may grow their head hair very long. So very few of us on the planet here can actually grow long hair. Around 7 billion reading this and then, well, the horses and the orangutangs. And we take it for granted.
It all started with Alexander Wang’s Spring 2017 Ready-to-wear that just happened during New York Fashion Week when not only the hashtag “surfboard” seemed to come back to life (his Spring 2017 collection is surf inspired) from the time when everyone was singing Beyonce’s “surfboard, surfboard“ lyric in “Drunk in love” – a “Lemonade” is pretty good indeed when in a hungover -, but also the power of persuasion Alexander Wang got, got all of our attention.
It wasn’t even the clothes that mattered no more, although we are in the middle of the #nyfw and the collection was totally “Wang”. He deconstructed the basics we all love – board shorts, bra tops, black lace, coats and otherwise – and turned them into looks that look fun for grown-ups to party in and for children to play in. Or, at least, want to. No?
Backstage he called this show, “50 Shades of Grey meets Lords of Dogtown.”. So, still, much to do with sex, but also with beach vibes. Hashtag. He is from California, therefore a silk gown coming out of the bikini and a revival of the crop top seem like natural to happen. Writing this from (on) the beach – hashtag – makes me say “I feel you, Alex.”
No. This was more about hair. And we do get hair. And we do love hair. And, God knows how, Alexander convinced all of his runway models to cut it. What? Yes. Because hey, he knows that beach hair – hashtag – is not about perfect curls, nor straight lines. It is more about “blurred” lines. Lol. Blurred in salt and wind. And, apparently, length. Chin-length, as together with Guido Palau they cut and bleached some hair.
– “I walked in thinking I was going to get a trim and they chopped off probably 20 cm, gave me bangs. It was a natural blonde and now it’s platinum!“, said newcomer Vonnahme, still in awe of having her above her shoulders for the first time. “Just watching the hair fall to the floor was enough to make me cry – I’m really happy with it!” – via vogue.com.
It almost was enough to make me cry.
Hair length and quality can act as a cue to youth and health, signifying a woman’s reproductive potential. Moreover, it is said that long hair has some sort of sensors that help you detect and feel things you wouldn’t genuinely feel.
Sometimes, though, it may feel good to just let go and don’t feel that much anymore. Just live. And surf. #shorthairdontcare
Or Lourdes Leon, who in spite of the temperature pushing 32 degrees outside, was every bit cool, arriving in a fluffy angora (!!) turtleneck sweater from Wang’s Fall 2016 collection, emblazoned with the word “strict.”
Or. Or! Alexander Wang, who, so cheerfully, cheered the audience with his (now) long hair.
East Asian cultures have traditionally seen long, unkempt hair in a woman as a sign of sexual intent or a recent sexual encounter, as usually their hair is tied up in styles such as the ponytail, plait, or any bun.
Someone must’ve had a good year, since the fashion show ended with an Adidas collaboration. Someone’s the only one smiling.
It must be the long hair.
Kylie Vonnahme from above: