Inspired by Australia with a touch of The Great Gatsby, this voluminous side-parted bob is a clash between romantic Daisy Buchanan and preppy Katy Perry. To recreate the look for yourself, read the full how-to guide after the break.
Using Aboriginal landscapes and sunburnt country as their muse, Rodarte pinned the rough outback beauty of Australia on their inspiration board for their fall / winter 2012 collection.
While the clothes had a historic edge to them, the hair team, directed by Kerastase, styled a dishevelled voluminous faux bob on every model.
Hair director Odile Gilbert wanted to create a “down under side-parted dust storm” effect in the locks that would compliment the hair without taking the elements away.
This style envelops the face and creates beautiful long lines along the neck. It’s a very textured look with plenty of backcombing and crimping involved, channelling the Outback, however still giving a classy, modern look.
It’s not necessarily a style you’d wear to a birthday party on the weekend (no harm in doing so, however), but this textured bob is a great adaptation of the 1920s period. It’s chic, sharp and very on-trend for the season with its added embellishments.
With The Great Gatsby coming out this Christmas, you might want to bookmark this page and style for ‘20s-themed Christmas parties to come.
Follow the how-to steps to create the look at home.
Rodarte’s faux bob: how to
Apply a volumising mousse to towel dried hair and crunch the strands with your fingers in an upward motion. You need lots of tamed volume for this style. Gilbert’s hair team used Kérastase Mousse Volumactive for the show.
Create a clean side parting, by taking a section from the left to the right side of the head.
Take a section of hair from the crown and back comb using a tailcomb brush to give the desired volume. If your hair is dull, give it the added volume by gently backcombing all along the roots. Be mindful of the flyaways here.
Use a 3-branch curling iron to create these Rodarte waves for the entire head. You need soft wavy curls for this look without losing the volume.
You can also give an added crimping effect to the hair by taking two sections of hair at the back of the head and giving it the water ripple effect with the hair curler. A hair crimper can also be used to do this (keep in mind that a crimper won’t be as wavy as this runway look and you might risk thinning the hair down).
Now start creating the faux bob by tucking the strands of hair underneath the head and pinning it. Keep lots of bobby pins in hand for this step. The bob doesn’t have to be neat, you can get as messy as you like, while still maintaining the volume at the bottom.
Once you reach the right side of the face, tuck in the hair by leaving some strands loose on the side. One side needs to be a bit longer than the other.
Spray a strong-holding hairspray to settle the style in its place.
Once done, you can add any type of embellishments to the style. At the Rodarte show, Gilbert used a row of gold bobby pins with stars as adornments on each model. You can add any accessory you like in this step; it’s also a great look for the Spring Racing season.