It's fair to say that Joan Smalls would still be a total knockout with literally any hairstyle. (Mullet? Sure. Completely bald? No prob, even better.) But when she's not doing her chameleon thing on the runway, she mostly tends to stick to her signature: center part, perfectly sleek and below the shoulders. That's why the major departure she made at last night's CFDA Awards was so jaw-dropping. Smalls ditched her usual look, and even the high ponytails and natural curls we've occasionally seen her wear before, for a choppy bob and short bangs. And shocker: she killed it.
The shoulder-grazing, ever-so-slightly rumpled style lent a playful edge to Smalls's extremely drapey Givenchy Haute Couture gown and Eddie Borgo jewels. Andrew Fitzsimons, the hairstylist who created the look, confirmed that it was indeed a wig ("or a crown, as I like to call them"), not a cut. "It was Joan's first time wearing a wig on the red carpet, so it had to be fierce," he said. To get the look, he relied on Serge Normant's line of products for that perfectly wavy effect. One of our favorites from the line is the Meta Sheer Dry Oil Finishing Spray, which is ideal for getting both shine and a pieced-out texture.
Not everyone is going to be able to pull off short, Bettie Page bangs (or most other things, for that matter) quite like Joan. But one thing worth nothing about what makes them look modern and wearable here is that they're choppy and wispy, so they don't create a harsh, solid line. If this is a signal of hair adventures to come for Smalls, we're totally on board to see what comes next.