As far as hair colours go, red has always been my dream colour. Sadly, though, a concern about ending up looking more like a dancehall queen and less like Rihanna circa 2010 has always thrown me off taking the plunge but that hasn't stopped everyone else.
Florence Welch, Jessica Chastain and Amy Adams are amongst the few leading ladies flying the flag for red hair. And far from shying away from it, more and more celebrities are embracing it as a distinguishing factor from the sea of usual blonde and classic brunettes. Blake Lively experimented with the colour in the past and so has Angelina Jolie and Julia Roberts. Even LiLo decided to ditch her blonde hair (hallelujah) and return to he natural shade recently.
I read that [Harper’s Bazaar story] and you know, she did tell me years ago. We did a shoot together and I remember her beautiful red hair, and I had the worst sort of strawberry blonde mousy hair, and she was like, ‘Here, you should dye your hair red, it’s going to work for you. But then when I came to New York, and I was about to work with Meisel and do the cover of Italian Vogue, he was going to choose red or black, and I willed the red. Thanks to Christina Hendricks, I willed it.
After a few months of red hair (prompted by a Vogue shoot), Coco Rocha has darkened up her look. A lot. The model showed off her almost-black tresses on her blog, OhSoCoco, over the weekend. Does it flatter her?
“My mom is a redhead, and I always wondered how it felt,” she said. “At first it was very different, I felt like I was this walking stop sign. But I like it now — I don’t want to go back.” Rocha says modeling agents prefer a more extreme red. “In the modeling world it’s like they want it really, really red, but to live with really, really red is [like being a] character, so I try and balance in the middle, so we’re both pleased. So I can still walk into my house without looking like Bobo the Clown.”
Style.com seems to think so, and now they're taking credit for it with this doozy: "Karen Elson has always been fashion's favorite redhead, but we like to think we had a little something to do with reigniting the current craze from crimson when we enlisted New York colorist Louis Licari to turn runway star Coco Rocha a fiery shade of copper for our January issue."
Oh, really? The site sites Audrey Marnay and Vlada Roslyakova's red 'dos as proof (and we know that in fashion, three times and it's a trend), but I don't know if I'm buying it. Unless Grace Coddington was somehow in on this.