The sartorial choices of models can be a strange thing. Part of it has to be because they basically look good in everything (makes it hard to take a misstep). But also consider who they're meeting on a daily basis. You can't go into a meeting with Marc Jacobs or Giorgio Armani wearing just anything. And if you weren't already into fashion before, that might be like moving from Midtown to Bushwick. You’re going to want to step up your game a bit.
Kouka has it all figured out, though. She walked into the Gloffice wearing gold-studded high-top sneakers (a street find from Japan *ugh, of course *), super-cool athletic shorts fashioned out of leather, and…wait for it…in the middle of a H-O-T New York summer, this girl walked in wearing a black felt hat—like those wintry-looking ones that you have to be sort of bold to pull off even when they are weather appropriate. Obviously, it became fodder for small talk:
'I always wear a hat,” she told us. “I need it to disguise my messy hair every day. It’s in the most awkward phase right now—I had a pixie cut, but it has just grown out at this point. I want a bob, but I think everyone has a bob right now, so I don't know what I'm going to do with it. My hair used to be down to my knees. I used to be able to sit on it—it was that long. Then two years ago, I just got sick of it and went and had about 16 inches cut off. I donated the hair to be made into a wig for a children’s hospital. There was no regret. I just went in, got it cut, and left. I was happy I did it at the time, but now I just can’t wait for it grow back. Short hair is actually so much harder. When it was long, I would just spring it up into a bun, but now it just sticks up if I don't do anything. Most days, I just use dry shampoo. I bought Bumble and bumble’s Sumotech, but I either make it too oily or too shiny. Hairstylists on shoots always give me pointers, but I can't be bothered to spend 10 minutes in the morning drying my hair. I’d rather just spray dry shampoo on it and be off.”
There you have it: Another technique to add to the list of ways to disguise a haircut in its growing-out phase. Although, if we're speaking candidly, can we just say that Kouka was wrong? Her hair was fine. It’s shaggy, for sure, but in a British-schoolboy way. Add a hat on top, and you're just adding to that allure.
Kouka Webb (@The Lions) photographed by Tom Newton on May 27, 2015. Trying to grow out your hair? Your biotin might not be working, unfortunately.