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October 17, 2012

Rebel Chic from RUSK

Did you know that hair companies design collections just as clothing companies do?  I didn't until I began getting my hair cut by John Anthony, a member of RUSK's creative team.  Now whenever I sit in his chair at Salon Europa I pepper him with questions about what's new, what's coming, what's hot, what's not.  While I might not love a look for my own hair, I do always love the creativity behind the styles.  Especially this year's Rebel Chic collection, "inspired by women throughout the ages who took risks, embraced difference and championed change."  As in: Joan of Arc, Cleopatra, Cher.

To "show' the collection, RUSK's team travels to salon and trade events around the country, demonstrating on live models the cutting techniques and styling products that achieve each look.  As John says, "If you learn 'a haircut' you learn one look.  If you learn techniques you can do many looks."  To illustrate how concept becomes reality, here are the three rebel inspirations (with images chosen by me) and the interpretations for women now -- which play with ideas of separation, texture and movement in various ways -- courtesy of salon owner /stylist / platform artist Sherri Jessee.

PHOTO CREDITS  In right column, all RUSK hair and makeup by Sherri Jessee / Photos by Jason Setiwan,  except as noted.  From top:  Medium Look ~ Cleopatra as portrayed in the movie by Elizabeth Taylor via Bible for Fashion.  Long Look ~ Cher image via her album Cher (1987).  For RUSK: Makeup by David Maderich, photo by Roberto Ligresti.  Short Look ~  Joan of Arc as portrayed by Milla Jovovich in The Messenger. Thank you Sherri for sharing your work.  See more on her blog and at


therelishedroost said...

Great images!!! Elizabeth Taylor is stunning!

'LUSH' said...

Never knew this either, Doreen. I didn't think of "collection" as in hairstyle. I was aware of "hair shows", but actually thought of it in terms of latest wild/trendy creations using new products, etc. Learn something new everyday. Awesome!

Style Maniac said...

I thought the same! And though the images above are still editorial, I can see how they could be adapted to work for every day life.

Leslie said...

Many salons teach a specific technique .. unfortunately one size doesn't fit all. Interesting editorial!

Anonymous said...

Elizabeth Taylor has always been the most beautiful woman to me. Loved her as Cleo........great blog. Thanks.
Elizabeth Naughton

design elements said...

Never knew this, Doreen. Great post! Rebel chic!

About Last Weekend said...

Would love to do the joan of Arc short fringe thing but I would look dreadful

designchic said...

What a great post, and so many chic women...Elizabeth Taylor was such an amazing beauty.

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