This French Girl Haircut Is About to Be Everywhere
Get these exact bangs now before everyone else does.
When Lily Aldridge posted her new long, straight Jane Birkin-y bangs on Instagram this month, we had a collective sigh of “want.” Especially in her vintage ringer t-shirt, the whole ’70s vibe felt both sexy, cool, easy, and suddenly very on-trend. That same week, Jason Wu’s models went down the runway at his fall 2018 show with a similar middle-parted, retro style with the hair pushed forward into a sort of faux bang. We also started noticing the look on some of our style favorites, like Reese Blutstein.
“I’d say this is a fresh trend starting with Lily. My client Kirsten Dunst also got similar fringe,” said L.A.-based hairstylist Cervando Maldonado, who also cut Felicity Jones similarly and rocks the look himself as his longtime signature style (he also once convinced this writer to do similar). “My references are a combo of French icons Jane Birkin, Françoise Hardy, Brigitte Bardot…all in one.” The key to the look right now is the long length of the bangs, middle part, and the way it frames the face with the separation—not just one full block of hair.
But bangs can be a fraught subject, especially if you and your stylist aren’t speaking the exact same language. One person’s “long” is another person’s “shaggy” is another person’s “sexy.” And fringe is, after all, literally laying over your face. “When describing this cut, take a picture, so you and your stylist can be on the same page,” advises Maldonado. “Ask for a long fringe or bang with framing around the face and a long layer on the rest of the hair.” The last step, of course: some really good vintage shopping.
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