The mullet, generally associated with the ’80s, Billy Ray Cyrus, and “rednecks” in movies (see Seann William Scott in Old School), is not a hairstyle I ever thought would become cool. Then again, I’ve also mocked Birkenstocks for years, and look what happened there. The mullet has just become the Birkenstocks of hair.
You can blame/thank (depending on your thoughts about the mullet) of-the-moment Brit model, Edie Campbell and hairstylist Guido Palau for the trend. Palau chopped Campbell’s hair before the fall runway season in February, and he was so taken by the look that he outfitted all the models in the Marc Jacobs fall 2013 show in wigs inspired by Campbell’s look. Fast forward to actual, IRL fall (as opposed to fashion fall), and the look is cropping up all over the place now. Edie Campbell reprises her role as Marc Jacobs’s mullet-y muse in the designer’s fall ads, and other celebs are following suit.
Rihanna, never one to shy away from a weird ‘do, has been sporting an extreme mullet over the last week or so. Hers is shaved on the sides, and the back section is fairly long. And then there’s Sandra Bullock’s latest Vogue cover, featuring “America’s Sweetheart” with a suspiciously mullet-y hair style. It should be noted that she’s wearing Marc Jacobs fall 2013. Coincidence? I think not.
This new mullet seems very rock’n'roll and Sally Hershberger-esque to me, so I went to Hershberger seeking clarity. Sadly, she is on vacation this week and missing out on mullet mania, but Eddie Parra, a senior stylist in the Sally Hershberger Downtown salon, talked me through the trend. “I think it’s a way to transition long hair to short hair and that is really where everyone is heading. Since the Met Gala, more celebrities have transitioned into punk fashion and it is influencing their hairstyles too,” Parra said. “It’s definitely a rebellious haircut.”
And you can’t really go halfway with it either. “It’s an over-layered and over-texturized haircut that can really be done on any length with short layers,” Parra said. “As for trying to tone down the look, you really have to go all the way or don’t go for it at all or you will end up looking like you are trying to grow out a mullet.” Which is obviously much worse than a mullet itself. Shudder.
I actually think model Lindsey Wixson (at right) is pulling off pseudo-mullet really well, though some in the Fashionista office disagree with me. She popped up this season with a shag–it’s not a true mullet, though I’d definitely put it in the mullet family–and it really helps to diminish a bit of that babydoll quality she has–she looks a little dangerous now, and more grown up.
Is society ready for the return of the mullet?