I often wish I had come into the world several decades earlier than my early-nineties debut (hi mom!), but one of the few benefits that make me grateful to have been an adolescent of the aughties is that I was of prime age for the glory days of “The O.C.” I am not being sarcastic; that show was fucking good. As a result of my unyielding affection for that paradigm of zeitgeist-y melodramatic (so melodramatic) teenage television, my love for Rachel Bilson runs deep. She’s just adorable in every way, even without mentioning the obvious fact that she owns one of the most crush-worthy wardrobes this side of Newport Beach. Oh, and Luke Skywalker.
Beyond that, I have never known Rachel to make a sartorial misstep, and this occasion for TCA’s Summer Party is no different. The critics, however, have spoken, and they are not liking the unusual hairstyle she sported on Sunday’s red carpet. It feels to me like an almost-hit: it would have looked really good had she mussed up the tight side to make it look a little prettier and more undone. As it is, I don’t hate the look, but there’s definitely an imbalance to it. Whatever — Rachel Bilson is still fundamentally perfect and I refuse to fault her for this slight blunder … even if said “slight blunder” vaguely channels Donald Trump.
Do you have long hair? Wish you had long hair (raises hand)? Then let this collection of the best and worst braids serve as a guideline and a warning to you. Your long hair is beautiful! Don’t muss it up with an unfortunately plaited braid.
I’m an Angelina girl 4 life, but it’s kind of impossible to hate Jennifer Aniston. She’s too milquetoast, there’s nothing to hate about her … with the exception of that foxy Justin Theroux she’s got her claws in. Mrrrrreow. Jennifer just has zero bad-girl cred no matter how hard she tries to cultivate it, and boy, does she try! Leather jackets, skinny jeans, ankle boots — make no mistake, she’s vying for a more rebellious hook-up. With that in mind, I offer an easy solution for Jen that’ll have her looking like a proper punk girlfriend in no time: bangs. As seen in this (super awkward) photo, the long, messy bangs lend her the hipness she so needs, even in a frumpy outfit as she plays a drug-peddling “mom” on the set of her new movie “We’re The Millers.” Jen has been sporting the same silky, straightforward hair for so long, and I think a teeny-tiny tweak like this could be the best bet for her stylistically. Do you think a full-on fringe would give the usually very vanilla actress an edgier appeal, or do you like her just fine just the way she is?
I hate short hair on myself, and out of my own bob-induced fear I usually feel pretty meh about it on others, but there are definitely some ladies who can wear the hell out of the big chop. Take Michelle Williams, for instance — her pixie cut not only channels the influential Vidal Sassoon style worn by Mia Farrow in “Rosemary’s Baby,” but it also perfectly offsets Michelle’s girlish features to lend her a more mature vibe. It’s a big deal when a long-locked starlet goes short, so it’s only natural that Jessica Chastain made gossip-world waves this week when she debuted her fresh asymmetrical cut in New York City.
For my part, I think she’s absolutely killing this look. It’s infinitely more adventurous than the “Tree of Life” star’s standard pretty-but-conventional mermaid waves, and it frames her face beautifully while still giving her the touch of edge she was overdue for. The blunt style actually reminds me of another actress’s haircut — January Jones (who has since gone back the way of extensions) rocked a similar severe side-part earlier this summer, and while hers was choppier and closer to the shoulders, it’s bound to draw comparisons nonetheless. Who do you think wears the look better? (And more importantly, in light of Jessica’s major cut and January’s long red extensions, do you think there could be a case of identity thievery at hand?)
Hey, you guys, Katie Holmes is not messing around. If this long, loose, sexy hair on the cover of C Magazine — which she was photographed and interviewed for the day before filing for divorce from Tom Cruise — doesn’t positively scream “free bitch,” I don’t know what does. I cannot wait for her style resurgence.
Kristen Stewart and I have a few things in common, like smoking pot and sleeping with Robert Pattinson, but I would say that our most pronounced similarity is the fact that we both drool over Charlize Theron on the regular. In fact, I kind of share that with every red-blooded male and lady-appreciating female — she is the Regina George to my Janis Ian. It’s part envy, part obsession, and part give me your perfect son. You may notice that Charlize looks a little different here, a little less … having hair: the actress shaved her head for her upcoming role in “Mad Max: Fury Road,” and I think she is (in true “Mad Max” style) killing the buzzed look. I’m serious about baby Jackson though, Charlize better watch out. That kid is BEYOND. [Photo: FameFlynet] Keep reading »
I have a mixed bag of emotions regarding Lana del Rey, but I’m pretty consistent with my love of her hair and makeup. Voluminous sixties-inspired bouffants paired with heavy-lidded cat eyes is just the type of thing I’m into, and Lana usually nails the look. Usually. Whatever’s going on here is so, so questionable: large and in charge with, like, a cluster of fake butterflies pinned to it? Could someone please explain this to me? I’m afraid I don’t understand.
Amelia and I were just talking about how much better we think Taylor Swift looks with bangs than without. Ever since she took the bangs plunge earlier this year, Swift just looks way more elegant and chic. The bangs really frame her face and make her look more mature.
I’ll probably always have bangs, because I’m too impatient to grow my hair out, and sideswept bangs seem to really frame my face best. And Amelia has had bangs for basically her entire life, ever since her mom gave her an epic bowl cut in 1984. But bangs don’t necessarily work on everyone.
We’ve got several other celebs who got banged up in the past year — sometimes for better and sometimes for worse. Let us know what you think in the comments!
I’m not sure what hair look Shia LaBeouf was going for at the “Lawless” premiere at Cannes this past weekend. It looks like he had one of those Brazilian treatments gone terribly wrong. It looks relaxed for certain. And crispy with gel. Also, is it too mean of me to point out that there is food in his teeth. Blergh. We can only hope that there is a film to blame for this hairstyle. He could not have done this on his own volition, could he? Having bad hair for a film would put Shia in pretty great company. Keep clicking to see the many other Hollywood actors who’ve rocked horrible hair for movie roles, some two or three or four times over. [Lainey Gossip]
Who did this to you, Tom? Was it Gisele? You can tell me. Did she do this to you? Did she use mousse? Spray gel? Oh, Tom, don’t cry. Relax, put the blowdryer down. It’s going to be okay.