23.03.11

Look We Love: Thandie Newton’s Avant Garde Top Knot

It’s a rather daring look for someone who’s style is more sophisticated and subdued; absolutely a risk, but we think it paid off—majorly.

At the Louis Vuitton party for Sam Taylor-Wood, English actress Thandie Newton went for whimsical with this kooky top knot chignon that sat slightly off-center, right atop her forehead. One part ‘Grey Gardens‘ granny, two parts ‘laissez-faire’ hair, we think Thandie’s on to something. We’re guessing it won’t be long before other stars start pushing their ponys a bit more forward as well—here’s how to get the look before everyone else jumps on the high bun bandwagon:

Step #1: Using a boar bristle brush (helps tame pesky flyaways), sweep hair into a very high position, like 4-to-5 inches off of your forehead;

Step #2: Tautly secure ponytail using a snag-less rubber band, and slip hair through a chignon pillow and push it to the base;

Step #3: Twist the hair around the pillow, and secure with bobby pins;

Step #4: Mist with hairspray to set.

Tela Beauty Organics Boar Bristle Hairbrush, $72 at Nordstrom.com | Sephora Collection Snag-Free Hair Elastics, $3.50 at Sephora.com | Hair Stylers Mesh Chignon, $3.69 at SallyBeauty.com | Conair Brush Styling Essentials Matte Minis Bobby Pins, $1.29 at Drugstore.com | L’Oreal Elnett Extra Stong Hold Hairspray, $14 at WalMart.com.

Credit: Courtesy of Louis Vuitton

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11 Responses to Look We Love: Thandie Newton’s Avant Garde Top Knot

  1. Sara March 23, 2011 at 21:47 #

    what fun! Excited for your beauty posts :D

  2. Elaine March 23, 2011 at 22:00 #

    Great post 

  3. Adler March 23, 2011 at 22:12 #

    A great start to these beauty posts! And thanks a lot for telling the exact hairspray and all is needed for try this hairtstyle!

    • Fashion Critic March 23, 2011 at 22:21 #

      let me know if you managed to make it work for you :)

      • Adler March 24, 2011 at 14:47 #

        Of course I will :)
        If I look half good as Thandie does I’ll be very very happy ;)

  4. Clover March 23, 2011 at 22:26 #

    A chignon pillow! A chignon pillow!

    I had no idea these existed. No wonder everyone else was producing such beautiful fluffy buns and mine seemed underwhelming. I’m off out to buy one this very evening.

    Love the new posts already!

  5. samaira March 24, 2011 at 05:48 #

    See and there I was thinking this blog couldn’t get any better……. Oh FC what are you doing to us. You are like the pied piper.

    • Fashion Critic March 24, 2011 at 07:07 #

      you’re are sweet. Thank you.

      • Anna March 24, 2011 at 12:05 #

        If there was a like button, I would have liked samaira’s comment :-)

  6. Jones19 March 24, 2011 at 11:31 #

    I won one of those chignon pillows but I’ve never used it…I just might now hah

  7. Hannah March 24, 2011 at 20:08 #

    Love this look, and I adore the new beauty section to this blog aswell! Considering I really hate msot change I am very welcoem adn respondign well to all the changes being made to do what I thought was impossible – improve RCFA!
    A tip for this look is to tip your head upside down to help get the hair close to the forehead fro step 1, I have to do this as I have literaly more hair than it seems everyoen else in the world, and it is very long too!
    Loved this post, cannot wait for the next!

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