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Fashion's Wig Revival

Shout Out: The Coveted Wigs Out


The Coveted ponders whether a wig revival is underway and asks, would you wear one? A recent resurgence in faux tresses has been spotted on the runway, in editorial spreads, and atop the head of one Amy Winehouse. From the rows upon rows of waxy-haired, uniformly colored hair pieces that line the walls of any Ricky's shop (which, we're told, sell quite well) to the outrageously priced locks of human hair that have been customized for many a celeb's red carpet appearance, it seems that the centuries-old art of wigmaking is alive and well. Other than the occasional Halloween getup, we haven't considered the once commonplace accessory since grade school (when, at the behest of a history teacher, some of us might have been forced to don itchy, powdered, parliamentary wigs in a lesson on Whigs and Tories). Extensions, we can handle, but an all out wig?

If the face is thought of as a canvas, on which our features and emotions interact to express who we are, the hair can be thought of as a frame. Changing it, even in subtle ways, can alter the feeling of the painting. A wig is certainly the fastest way to do it and requires minimal commitment. Citing YSL's jet black bowl cuts at Fall 2008 and Charlie Le Mindu's edgy creations for musicians and fashion editorials as examples, The Coveted's Jennine wonders how she might use wigs to experiment with her look. From sleekly styled to outré, wigs allow us to express ourselves in ways our daily 'do doesn't allow. Whether it's a natural, your-own-but-better look you seek, a quick color change for the dye-averse, or a shock-value style that commands attention, wigs are an easy way to achieve it. They don't require professional application and take a lot less time than weaving in extensions. Though we're not sure any wigmakers will be making it on to our speed dial, it's nice to reconsider as an option and occasionally toy with notions of our identity.

For wig-spiration, check out this promo video for Peaches' "Get It," in which the hair is the main attraction and seems to have a life and personality all its own. We don't advocate this look, but it'll surely get your imagination going.

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