Friday, December 17, 2010

The Seberg Effect

As I've said before, I was an intern for Patrick Demarchelier the last two years I was in college and a full on studio assistant for the summer after I graduated. When I first arrived there I was 19, and I'll never forget when I met Tonne Goodman (then Fashion Director at Bazaar). The first thing she said to me was "How old are you, 14?" I guess I was a young teenager. I was certainly full of beans, maybe even a little precocious, which I soon noticed people either liked or didn't like about me. There was one makeup artist who was out and out mean to me. Paul Cavaco was always so sweet to me - he let me paint his fingernails all different colors when we had down time, and Marina Schiano used to braid my very long hair during lunch break. 

When I returned to the studio though, after a tough senior year (all my best friends had graduated ahead of me and I was intensely lonely), I came with a more mature attitude and a new look. I had cut my long bohemian, wavy hair into a neat shoulder length bob. I already wasn't too sure about it, and my doubts were confirmed when Patrick looked at me and said in his very heavy French accent, "What deed you do vis your 'air darling?" He then called over his best friend Didier Malige, one of the loveliest, most gentle men I have ever met, and one of the best hair stylists in the world. "Do somesing vis her 'air," he directed. He then mumbled something about Carolyn Murphy and started cutting, in BIG chunks. I don't know what happened to me. I just let it happen. Did I not care? Did I not have the confidence to ask him what he was doing before he started cutting? Anyway, 20 minutes later I had a Jean Seberg pixie cut, and I was numb the rest of the day. I went home that night and cried and cried. I know it was just a haircut, but it was traumatic. It would be 2 years before I really felt like myself again.

So the other night I was at a dinner and Carolyn Murphy was there. We were introduced, and I told her how her 1996 pixie cut had indirectly inspired my own. Her face winced, and she put her hand on my shoulder and said, "Wasn't it awful???" Even though I look at pictures of her from then and think she looked great, and in fact I can even look at my own post-cut photo and realize it wasn't that bad, it certainly took some soul searching to live through the growing out period.

I wonder how Emma Watson feels right now?


  1. I love the Seberg style. LOVE. I loved Carolyn Murphy with short hair. You look tres chic, too! It's simple, elegant and sexy. Makes people notice a woman's eyes, neck, earrings... stands out in the crowd.

  2. You brought back horrible memories of my freshman year in college when I tried to "go short". I think you look good in the picture. I bet it was a nightmare to grow out.

  3. I hope Emma Watson feels fantastic, because she looks it!

    Before she was a beautiful girl, now she is a beautiful girl with head-turning style. A great short cut on the right person is impossibly chic. Don't you think?

    You look fresh and adorable in your picture---I think the only reason it doesn't work is because it wasn't "you." You can tell it doesn't work because the clothes and attitude don't fit. Here Seberg wears the same hairstyle but she is cooler than cool! I think it is a personality thing.