Top of the Crops

Top of the Crops

From flirty 50s beginnings to contemporary film resurgence the pixie crop is the ultimate daring 'do

the roots

The relaxed textured pixie crop first made its debut in the 1960s when Jean Seberg wore the style complete with a barely there fringe in the film À bout de souffle. This daring act of rebellion against the prim and proper curled styles of the 50s emerged with the mod movement where women wore their hair and their hemlines shorter and silhouettes became simpler. Moving into the mid-60s an unknown 15-year-old Lesley Hornby chopped off her shoulder length locks transforming it into an androgynous ‘do, and quickly catapulted to fame as the cult 60s model Twiggy. The decade also saw the film release of Roman Polanski’s psychological horror movie, Rosemary’s Baby starring Mia Farrow. Her boyish, face framing crop (styled with a pair of nail scissors no less) became the symbol of hair liberation.

style icons

Throughout the 90s the pixie crop got a grungy update with wet-look styles such as model Linda Evangelista’s career defining sleek crop and 90s ‘it’ girl Winona Ryder’s fierce rough cut in sci-fi horror Alien: Resurrection paved the way for other pixie cuts to emerge. Following suit, Kate Moss unveiled her heavily textured, layered up mop-crop at the 2001 British Fashion Awards while Agyness Deyn’s silvery style (created on set with Mario Testino in 2006) is what she is best remembered for.


modern muses

Actresses galore have gotten scissor happy to embrace a role - note Natalie Portman who shaved her brunette tresses for 2005’s V for Vendetta which then grew out into an adorable pixie style. Emma Watson bid farewell to the Harry Potter franchise by banishing her Hermione hair in favour of a sophisticated auburn crop. While Victoria Beckham marked her transition from Posh Spice to fashion designer extraordinaire by cutting her POB into a gutsy crop which served as the perfect companion for her killer cheekbones.  Pop-star Miley Cyrus likes to add shock factor to her crop with bleach while Rihanna’s eye-skimming bangs ensure she can get extra mileage out of her shorter style.

get the look

The SS16 London Fashion Week shows were awash with models sporting different incarnations of the pixie crop, with Giles choosing to keep hair loose with a hint of volume, the ideal accompaniment for girls with round or heart shaped faces, and Jamie Wei Huang opting to send models down the runway with glossy slicked down cuts, suited to longer oval face shapes. To recreate the look, blow dry hair and brush through with the label.m Small Hot Brush, £9.50 before straightening with the label.m Advanced Pro Mini Straightener, £49.99. Finish with label.m Hold & Gloss Spray, £12.50 to give a subtle sheen. 

  • Words: Rebecca Parker

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