Get the look: Soft and wearable retro curls from the Zac Posen runway

Origami folds, voluminous ballgown hems, floor-grazing capes and delicate draping – celebrities don’t need much to make a Zac Posen gown stand out on the red carpet.

But when the dresses moved from the red carpet to a runway in Toronto, I saw it as my chance to find out from the experts the best hair do for a gown as elegant as one created by the talented New York designer.


At last week’s Suzanne Rogers Presents Zac Posen event (which helped raise more than $800,000 for Boost, a child abuse and intervention program), I headed backstage to get the scoop.

Having been lucky enough to interview Zac on two separate occasions, I had an idea of what to expect – a glamourous ‘do that reflected his clientele who, in Zac’s words, are “powerful, strong women.”

And, in Tinseltown terms, there’s one femme fatale who is the embodiment of all these traits:

“The look is Veronica Lake-inspired but we still want the look to be wearable and soft,” Antonio Corral Calero for Moroccanoil told me backstage. Translation: no matter your hair length (even if you’ve recently made the chop à la Coco Rocha), you can pull off this style.

Antonio started by saturating models’ locks with Moroccanoil Root Boost from root to tip. “I use it through the entire hair. Think of it kind of like the salt sprays – it isn’t one but it gives you that kind of texture.”

After a blow dry using fingers to drive volume, Antonio created a deep side part on the left that lines up with the arch of the brow.

A 1 ¼ inch curling iron did the trick for luxe waves but if you’ve got the time, he recommends a set of rollers to really set the look (or if you have strands as short as Coco’s, try a 1-inch curling iron. “For Coco, it was more of a Marilyn Monroe look.”).

Using Moroccanoil’s Boar Bristle Classic Bruch, he brushed out the curls away from the face, forming a more defined wave on the heavier side of the part, setting with Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray Strong.

In Antonio’s words the look could be summed up in one very descriptive phrase: “Va voom, va voom!”

Photos: Courtesy of Moroccan Oil

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