The dictates, the dilemmas, the deadlines. . . When are we supposed to cut our long, long locks to lightly graze the shoulder or shorter still to be “age appropriate” or as some promise: to lift our faces and make us appear younger?
Is it 40, 45 or 50? After all 40 is the new 30; 50 is the new 40 and so on. Life can be so confusing and the math ridiculously annoying.
Ask two star coiffeurs in Paris: Alexandre Zouari, who has attended to Marisa Berenson’s enviably (long) lush curls for years and Bernard Friboulet who recently re-styled and snipped a couple of inches off of Sophie Marceau’s do (as seen in this picture by Felix Lammers in “Figaro Madame”) and they proclaim, eyebrows raised, voices amped: “There are no rules(!)”
Hair cuts and styles are all about a woman’s personality; what makes her feel beautiful is the only criterion. They agree: For some, super short is the way to go; for others long is gorgeous.
Above, most opted for the short cut. Marceau and Bergen decided to stop at the famous demarcation line: the shoulder. Either way the results are sexy, stunning and yes, refreshingly uplifting.
Notice all seem to favor feathery fringe signaling a certain saucy je-ne-sais-quoi, don’t you agree?
Pictured from top to bottom: Françoise Hardy, Sophie Marceau, Jane Fonda, Jane Birkin and Candice Bergen. I rationalize the French connection for the last three because they were all married to French men: Roger Vadim, Serge Gainsbourg and Louis Malle respectively.
I think I really, really want Candice Bergen’s cut and color and maybe the earrings too.
BTW in my studious research to bring you fascinating news, I accidently discovered Jane Fonda has a blog(!) I can’t believe it. She’s got the time? It’s worth the trip over there though. In one post she shows us a bouquet of flowers sent to her by her “neighbor” Val Kilmer. It even looks as if she may have snapped the picture herself — bad lighting, a little grainy — which makes the blog even more interesting. Ask any French woman who she thinks is the (American) epitome of beauty, charm and grace and she almost always says, “Jane Fonda”.
Tomorrow I’ll show you pictures of women who have kept the cut and style they’ve had forever (give or take a tiny tweaking trim here and there).