Punk is a mind-set and this season, Simone Rocha imbued her signature romanticism with a radical, rebellious edge. Think: Biker ballerinas or “fragile rebels,” because the Dublin-born designer put it herself on this season’s present notes.
“It’s very different from what she would normally do, but it’s very Simone,” says London hairstylist Cyndia Harvey, who was tapped to reimagine Rocha’s now-signature braid motif (from the braided crowns to raffia-woven plaits of earlier seasons) with a punkish twist. “We didn’t want to do traditional punk,” she continues. “It’s an attitude, it’s a spirit, so it was about bringing that attitude to the hair.”
Nodding to the gravity-defying heights and shapes of conventional punk kinds, such because the mohawk, Harvey crafted hair of all textures into sculptural, hoop-shaped plaited kinds with regal pearl and crystal embellishment. In the identical rebel spirit, the professional additionally built-in different parts that performed with “soft and hard,” pulling a set of manes again into boyish plaited knots or pigtail braids that thinned out on the ends to rattail-like impact and buzzing off the crowns—as a result of why not?
“It may be masculine, it may be female, it may be no matter you need it to be,” says Harvey of this season’s play-by-your-own-rules beauty vantage point. One thing’s for sure: Punk never looked so pretty.