Some of the best red carpet statements are vintage-inspired (like Rooney Mara's Audrey moment here). But when it comes to embracing retro references with your own look, there are a few key dos and donts to remember or risk looking costume-y. We sat down with two red carpet experts Ben Skervin, celebrity hairstylist to the likes of Keira Knightley, Emma Watson and Olivia Wilde; and Cameron Silver, owner of high-end Hollywood vintage mecca Decades and star of Bravos new TV show, Dukes of Melrose to learn how to wear iconic looks from the 40s to the 90s with your own modern spin.
There are certain looks from each decade that still feel relevant today, say Skervin and Silver. I think we can use the '90s as a great decade of minimalism but at the same time it had this dirty, grungy moment happening, both of which are making a renaissance, Silver says. Skervin prefers the more glamorous side of the 90s: think supermodels like Linda Evangelista. Try on vintage-inspired hairstyles in the Makeover Studio!
Skervin sees a bit of the 80s in todays bold beauty statements. I work with Katy Perry, and the past couple of years, the pink hair, the blue hair I loved it on her. The key to pulling off an 80s-inspired look is mixing and matching, Silver says. I think you take the strong shoulders from the 80s and repurpose the look with something modern and clean the leather legging, the skinny jean. Try on vintage-inspired hairstyles in the Makeover Studio!
Hair in the 70s was gorgeous, Skervin says. He calls the soft texture and waves ( la Farrah Fawcett's) the hair that every girl wants. Silver shares the 70s love: A one-shoulder jersey gown never goes out of style. A tuxedo look on a woman never goes out of style, or a white pantsuit like Bianca Jagger. These are things that are just repeated over and over, he says. Try on vintage-inspired hairstyles in the Makeover Studio!
Katharine McPhee not only nailed the 70s soft, chunky texture (Silver calls it Brady Bunch hair), she paired the hairstyle with a vintage-inspired pantsuit for a front row appearance at Diane Von Furstenbergs fall show. Skervin recommends spraying each section with Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Flexible Hold Hairspray ($3.99) before curling. It helps lock that curl in there, and when you brush it out, it gives it more longevity. Try on vintage-inspired hairstyles in the Makeover Studio!
The 60s are such a great decade for me because it is the most versatile, Silver says. It begins very conservative, Jackie [Kennedy], then in the mid-sixties we get into this futurism, and the late 60s gets countercultural, the hippie movement. Theres so much to draw from. Skervin agrees. The big hair, the backcombing, Brigitte Bardot thats classic, timeless." Try on vintage-inspired hairstyles in the Makeover Studio!
The influence of Diors New Look permeates through so much of the 50s, Silver says. Think full-skirted dresses and ladylike hair and makeup. In the 50s a woman got her hair done every single week. I love that almost Audrey Hepburn, bangs pushed over to the side look, says Skervin. I love when you spiral a ponytail with a nice bow around it. Thats a great look. Try on vintage-inspired hairstyles in the Makeover Studio!
I work with Rachel Weisz, and for me, she screams Old Hollywood, says Skervin. That face, that body, the dark hair, just the way she holds herself. Doing an Old Hollywood wave on her is a dream. Its almost too easy sometimes. And isnt that ease what great style is all about?Try on vintage-inspired hairstyles in the Makeover Studio!