There’s a big double anniversary coming up and it looks like the fashion world is already onto it.
Fifty years ago, Jane Fonda’s infamous B-movie Barbarella shocked and delighted audiences with its sexy spacefaring antics when it premiered on October 10, 1968. Almost exactly forty years later, Beyonce channeled the cult classic’s heroine in her hit music video, “Single Ladies,” which landed on October 13, 2008.
How do we know Queen Bey was referencing Barbarella? There’s the second-skin onesie, first off. Then there’s the robotic equipment that gradually eats up Beyonce’s hands and arms as the video progresses. But the real giveaway is the hair.
The “Single Ladies” polished poof started a major trend. Soon, pretty much everyone was giving the modern update a try, coming their strands back and up from their foreheads for bit of volume. Probably not everyone who wore it knew they were channeling Beyonce — let alone that Beyonce herself was channeling Barbarella.
But now is a good time to acknowledge the roots of the trend, which seems to be resurfacing. Barbarella and “Single Ladies” celebrate anniversaries this October, and bouffant hairstyles are everywhere. Coincidence? We think not.
Yes: bouffants are back. And not just versions that look like they’re right out of the late aughts, let alone the ’50s or ’60s. Exaggerated, over-the-top takes are everywhere, especially the catwalks. Fall 2018 runways saw retro styles from Moschino, glossy options from Miu Miu, and even a couple amplified versions from Chanel.
Most recently, Marc Jacobs opted for a sleek, scaled down version in his Spring 2019 show. Of all the bouffants we’ve seen so far, these have been the most wearable — even the pastel iterations. They’re making us really believe that bouffants are staging a major comeback.
Widening the lens to the red carpets, where celebs from Tyra Banks to Rita Ora have been pushing the daring ‘do, there is plenty of inspiration to consider as the bouffant enters its next incarnation. — jas