This Season’s Hottest Hairdo: the Sixties Bob

By  October 23, 2012

Sleek androgyny at Matthew Williamson Autumn/Winter 2012If there’s one haircut we’ve spotted popping up on the catwalks and in advertising campaigns more than any other for Autumn/Winter 2012, it’s the bob.

From Mad Men’s Megan Draper (our current hair crush) to Mila Kunis in the Miss Dior ads, a swingy,  Sixties-style bob – often with a sleek side parting – has been the most popular ‘do of the season. In London the likes of Antonio Berardi, Jonathan Saunders and Peter Jensen gave their models variations on the bobbed theme for their trip down the catwalk, while in New York the hair stylists at Rodarte cleverly turned long hair into faux-bobs with the use of some handy hairpins.

A chic, side-parted bob seems to accentuate the bone structure and add a cool, androgynous edge to any look. You can sport a long, shoulder-skimming version like Mila (below) or something more tomboyish like the models at Matthew Williamson (also below).

Sleek bobs at Peter Som's Autumn/Winter 2012 catwalk show

Sleek bobs at Peter Som's Autumn/Winter 2012 catwalk show

We asked Joel Goncalves, Creative Director at John Frieda, to tell us why this has been such a popular look this season and how you can recreate it…

Mila Kunis Miss Dior autumn winter 2012

Mila Kunis Miss Dior autumn winter 2012

“The Sixties is such a powerful and iconic era that it’s still intriguing and inspiring us today . The amount of fashion created during this decade is quite extraordinary; we regularly call on it for inspiration, particularly with hair and make-up.  The Jackie O and Audrey Hepburn early Sixties hair gave way to the Bardot shag look and the Twiggy and Vidal Sassoon looks which were part of the Mod movement. The models Colleen Corby and Jean Shrimpton had the particular bob looks that still inspire today. The clothes became more of a silhouette and so did the hair.”

Megan Draper Mad Men

Our current hair idol, Mad Men's Megan Draper

“Today the fashion has also become very silhouetted and the Sixties has once again been called upon to inspire us. The bobs were created by cutting the hair one length to shoulder or collar bone with fringes being cut very long to touch the bridge of the nose and beyond, whilst also being kept heavy, pulling the hair forward from the middle of the head for extra thickness or sometimes taken from the crown to the bridge of the nose – this not only created a heavy fringe but also added layers to the sides of the hair as with the Jean Shrimpton bob.”