23.03.11 Beauty

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