What Jason Wu’s Make Up Can Teach You

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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.