The cohort of brunette bobs at the Met Gala demonstrate its chicness
A theme – not trends – dictate the aesthetic on the Met Gala red carpet, but one particular look favoured at the event honouring the late, great Karl Lagerfeld was the humble bob haircut. Worn by a mostly brunette cohort, including Lily Collins, Maude Apatow, Ashley Graham, Margaret Qualley and Lily Aldridge, the bob looked chicer than ever, styled in elegant, retro-leaning ways.
Collins, oozing vintage screen siren glamour, modelled her long locks crafted into a faux bob by stylist Gregory Russell. The deep side part and single kiss curl above her brow nodded to the 1930s when Lagerfeld was born, alongside some "'80s high glamour," as her make-up artist described of the actress' look. "Flawless alabaster skin, softly sculpted eyes and a crisp red lip," the latter comprising of Lancôme's L’Absolu Rouge Drama Matte in 196 French Touch, with a touch of the same lipstick formula in shade 82 Rouge Pigalle applied to the centre for subtle dimension.
Simple, but undeniably striking, Apatow's bob featured angular lines and curved ends. Styled by Peter Lux (the talent behind Florence Pugh's buzzcut, which caught everyone's attention), it swished with high shine.
Similarly minimal, but more trend-led, the bobs seen on Aldridge, Qualley and Graham were styled with flicked out 'flippy ends'. The silhouette that keeps dominating red carpets takes from both the '60s and '90s, stylist Larry King tells Bazaar, while feeling entirely of-the-moment. Styled with body and flattering crown lift on Aldridge (who debuted her bob cut at this year's Oscars), a sleek, almost wet-look texture on Qualley, and with lacquered kiss curls on Graham, this take on the bob is deceptively versatile.
Two more muses of the brunette bob we missing from the Met Gala, however. Zendaya, whose bouncy bob is having a real moment, and Hailey Bieber, whose blunt boyfriend bob is inspiring haircuts around the globe, serve as further proof of the style's relevance right now. You'll find both, and many more stellar examples, in our round-up of the best A-list bob cuts, below.
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