Buns all the rage

Gillian McAinsh

WHETHER you are a brunette, blonde or redhead, and your hair is ethnic or Caucasian, buns will be “bun-licious” this winter – as shown by the handiwork of two celebrity stylists, Matthew Mansoor and Nthatho Mashishi, on the ramp at SA Fashion Week last week in Johannesburg.

“Buns are the big trend on the runway and on the street right now,” said Mansoor in an interview at the Crowne Plaza Hotel ahead of the Sheer Glamour Collections by Motions and Tresemmé.

Mansoor and Mashishi’s glittering client base for SAFW included jazz singer Chiano Sky, actresses Hayley Owen, Jay Anstey and Minnie Dlamini, presenters Dineo Moeketsi, Lalla Hirayama, Tansey Coetzee and Lorna Maseko, and 5FM DJ Poppy Ntshongwana – who went to school and university in Grahamstown and has a large following in the Eastern Cape.

The glamour gang walked down a double ramp wearing garments by leading South African designers such as Clive Rundle, Gert-Johan Coetzee, Black Coffee, Suzaan Heyns, Stoned Cherrie and Rubicon to highlight key winter 2013 fashion and hair looks.

But while Ntshongwana’s “black swan” dress may have been accused of being old news – another celeb apparently had worn the same little black Coetzee number last year already – her hairdo was stylishly unique.

Mashishi said Ntshongwana’s sexy up-do was part of a quartet inspired by “the street, culture and diversity of South Africa”, paying homage to queens in African culture.

He outlined his four styles, worn by Dlamini, Moeketsi, Maseko and Ntshongwana:

ý”The African queen [Ntshongwana’s look] was inspired and is paying homage to Queen Cleopatra, who was known for her beauty. The top is dramatic and compares to a sort of crown.

ý”The Bun-Licious look was inspired by a Nubian queen. It is edgy, timeless, beautiful, and the bun is fashion forward.

ý”The top braid look pays homage to the Masai queen and was worn a lot by the late great Miriam Makeba.

ý”The Swiss plait was inspired by Queen Nandi [the mother of Shaka] and was also worn by the legendary portrait painter Frieda Kahlo. However simple the look is, I put a modern twist to it.”

Mansoor worked with Sky, Owen, Anstey, Hirayama and Coetzee, opting for four looks:

ýStraight and sleek: “Remember to protect your hair from heat damage before flat ironing,” he warned.

ýFrench twist: a red-carpet staple;

ýCurls: “a beautiful loose-wave style, worn over one shoulder”;

ýTwist braid: Taking an international trend and giving it a local twist.

Both stylists were cagey about naming South African favourites, but Mansoor said he would like to style Jennifer Lopez. “She always has the most woman-friendly styles, and her hair is so elegant.” However, he confessed it was great to work the chestnut fountain of Sky. “All her own, what heaven! It is a pleasure to work with hair that long!”

Both hair gurus say the looks created for fashion season can be recreated outside the salon: “The woman watching the catwalk show must be able to reproduce that look at home,” Mansoor said.

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