What Jason Wu’s Make Up Can Teach You


Published September 17, 2009

Eccentricity is not one of Pearson Knight’s shortcomings. The Aveda stylist demonstrated his artistry of hair at the Jason Wu spring/ summer 2010 fashion show; on the eve of theoccasion, we asked him some questions:

SARAH HOWARD: What’s the look?

PEARSON KNIGHT: This is a sculpted, voluminous chignon with a textured, 6 inch wide, sheer black ribbon woven into the hair in a spontaneous and organic way. The finished look is feminine and elegant with an edge.

HOWARD: Inspiration?

KNIGHT: The collection is rich with different textures and materials, so Jason and Odile Gilbert worked together to create a hair look that plays with this idea. The look incorporates a thick, black, sheer ribbon throughout the hair for a style that’s feminine, yet contemporary and edgy. The look is very sculptural and organic.

HOWARD: How does this style fit into spring?

KNIGHT: This spring had a lot of accessories, whether it was bright-colored hair braided in, fabric, or wool delicately laced on. As far as it blending in…I think we all agree Jason Wu stood out.

HOWARD: What is the top spring trend on the runway this season?

KNIGHT: Spring showcased a lot of hair up with hard side parts and sleek shine. Seeing a lot of versions of chignons with accessories. Spring is a time for newness and feeling fresh. I think adding some accessories, tossing that hair up, and exposing the neck and shoulders in a beautiful way is exactly a way to express this.

Sarah Howard is the editor of Beauty Banter.