We have always known that fashion is an art form that has no barriers, and now we see that hair is following suit. Luckily for me, every single day I'm reminded that I live in the most fashion-forward city in the world. As I make my way to work from Brooklyn, I'm constantly inspired by the individual expressions of creativity I encounter—and no more so than in the ingenious, diverse hair styles all around me. Now more than ever, I see people both young and old re-creating popular hair trends from the '80s and '90s, but often adding great twists and fresh ideas to classic styles that have had a real impact on popular culture over the years—either positive or negative, depending on one's perspective.
One thing I've noticed is experimentation with hair color and extensions in fascinating ways. Whether a simple blond streak or a vivid and brightly colored extension, people on the street (and especially teenagers, notorious for always being on the forefront of cultural evolution), are making statements indicating that they're very much in touch with what's happening in the world of hair, the trends of today and yesterday that are lasting and significant.
LOOKS FROM TRENDSETTER ORLANDO PITA, 2010
Derek Lam's Spring 2010 Runway Show
A GIRL FOLLOWING THE TRENDS
Here are two photos I took on impulse in my Brooklyn neighborhood near the subway, of a young lady who really caught my attention in unexpected ways—first with her outfit, but especially with her hair style. I loved the way she interpreted a popular current style by adding a unique twist and flavor with form and color. She was happy to tell me that she and her sister had created the look together.