Beyond The Pale


From the runway to real life: nylon market director rachael wang tries the barely there pastel hair color that created a quiet storm at the marc jacobs fall '14 show.

Yes, the Marc Jacobs Fall '14 collection was absolutely amazing, and the runway show had 500 puffy gray clouds suspended above the audience, while Jessica Lange solemnly chanted the lyrics to "Happy Days Are Here Again." But what really made me lose my style-loving mind was the hair. An army of models paraded down the runway sporting muted pearlescent bobs dyed to match the tonal ensembles. The sight of the otherworldly tresses had me suddenly and desperately feeling the urge to color my own hair an indefinable shade of rosy gray-beige.

And so I decided to surrender my locks and brows (the models' were bleached out) to Whittemore House's Victoria Hunter, the genius colorist responsible for those unnatural pastels. It turns out I'm not the only one coveting the look. "People are going crazy for these antique colors," says Hunter. Apparently, rather than going for sun-kissed ombrés—or on the flip side, bold pinks, greens, and blues—an increasing number of girls are looking to express themselves in more subtle and mysterious ways.

Surprisingly, the transition from mere mortal to Marc Jacobs mannequin is rather speedy. An assistant pats thick, bluish bleach over my brows while Hunter applies a luxurious custom shade of pinkish mink to my blonde locks, and 15 minutes later I'm out the door. With my hair blown back to resemble a futuristic helmet, relieved of visible brows, and clad in one of Jacobs's monotone getups (to get the full effect), I look like a sci-fimovie heroine, though in my mind, I'm channeling my favorite '90s model, Kristen McMenamy. The next day, with my hair back to its naturally wavy texture and tucked behind my ears, I feel like the coolest girl in town.

By: Meredith Jenks

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