I grew up taking ballet, tap, and jazz classes and if you ever spent an excessive amount of time with your mom backstage you understand there was a lot of AquaNet and electric blue eyeshadow involved. Letting down your hair was really an oxymoron because technically, it didn’t move—even without the bobby pins, nets, and hair elastics. At twelve, showering just to comb your hair was my version of a spa treatment.
Which is why I was especially curious about the hair styles when we decided to trade the runway for the Ballet. This past weekend OC’s Humberto Leon collaborated with Justin Peck in The Times Are Racing
. Peck was inspired to choreograph the ballet after he listened to Dan Deacon’s album America—a personal meditation on American identity—and Humberto who worked with Peck to design the costumes, in turn inspired our Spring ‘17 collection. But unlike Fashion Week where behind-the-scenes moments have become synonymous with the runway, what goes on backstage at the ballet? Would the traditional ballet bun be in full force? If you know anything about Justin, Humberto, and our go-to hair-gal Holli Smith
this answer should be obvious. Holli and our longtime teammates over at Bumble and Bumble got to work, designing looks for the NYCB’s grooming team to recreate. The task at hand?To envision hairstyles that would be authentic to The Times Are Racing
, which explores encounters between strangers against the backdrop of the city—where serendipity is embraced and connection is instant. While some dancers did in fact let their hair down on stage at David Koch Theater (gasp) others had their locks pulled back in a traditional bun—well, sorta. This was the point. Holli gave a nod to ballet’s classic look with an imperfect touch, as if a dancer came from rehearsal or just got lost on the subway.
So if you’ve been in the mood for new hair choreography, the team at Bumble and Bumble synced up with Holli to share a quick how-to for their version of a ballet-inspired bun. Below we share images of Holli on set at our latest editorial ‘Missed Connection’ and a step by step tutorial that’s commuter-friendly.