Anna Wintour's hair tells all

By SHARON STEEL  |  September 6, 2007

Charla Lawhon has a seriously expensive haircut. We assume she goes for a monthly trim and color touch-up at Frederic Fekkai — dude’s a pro at keeping extra-long hair healthy. It’s probably best that we can’t tell exactly how Lawhon’s brown, layered ’do looks on a normal day — in the photograph pegged above her Editor’s Note, it appears as though she was sitting in front of a tricked-out Fabio wind-machine for the occasion. Lawhon clearly wanted her every-girl hair to become fantasy hair, and we can’t blame her — especially in light of the miracle she’s trying to work with InStyle. The second-place book is hauling ass to catch Glamour in the circulation race, and Lawhon’s manufactured sex-kitten mane is just part of the necessary façade. InStyle’s trump card is the ability to bring stars down to “real person” status without showing them buying toilet paper in the supermarket. Can Lawhon crush Glamour editrix Cindi Leive under a gigantic tub of Phytodefrisant? Well, we give her credit for the attempt, although September’s “How Revealing” spread presenting Rachel Bilson in her undies and a wet T-shirted James Marsden make us feel about as sleazy as we do when slumming with US Weekly.


EDITRIX Glenda Bailey
REP “The Well-Dressed Woman and the Well-Dressed Mind”
WEIGHT 2.5 lbs.
FLIP TO The “How To Wear It” guide, “How to Dress like the Perfect Couple” by Ashton Kutcher, “They Tried to Make Me Go to Rehab” starring Chloë Sevigny, the Hilary Rhoda and Rachel Clark editorials 

In a New York profile that chronicled Glenda Bailey’s rise to the top of the masthead at Harper’s Bazaar, fashion writer Alex Williams offered the following treasure: “[Bailey’s] hair — an extravagant mop of copper-colored frizz — is one of the unlikeliest coiffures in the history of fashion magazines. It was as if, in a universe where so many of her peers seemed to aspire to be Lady  Macbeth, Bailey had chosen, tonsorially, to model herself after one of the play’s Weird Sisters.” The British-born Bailey ascended the ranks at Marie Claire before landing at Bazaar, and her dramatic appointment (she nabbed the job from supposed shoe-in Bonnie Fuller), not to mention her healthy head of hair, made for juicy media gossip. This month’s Bazaar has got some random, delicious tidbits (check the pic of Courtney Love planting a kiss on Karl Lagerfeld, page 479), plus brilliant model casting. Bailey managed to score several of the now-est of their-moment-is-now models: Coco Rocha, Hilary Rhoda, Rachel Clark, and Maryna Linchuk. We still can’t decide if Peter Lindbergh’s shoot of Chloë Sevigny feigning a stint at rehab is terrifying, genius, or both. Bailey’s wild curls suggest that the dark horse is the one most capable of a reinvention.

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