The 2015 Toronto International Film Festival is shaping up to be such a blast. Today I had the absolute honor of working with Emily Browning for her red carpet appearance. She’s in town to walk the carpet for Legend. The film also stars Tom Hardy and is generating quite a buzz.
Working with Emily is an experience unlike any other. She’s a real pro, but she’s also so real. If you’re looking for someone who tells it like it is and has a presence that simply sets a room ablaze, Emily’s your girl.
I love her style- it’s generally a mix of classic, slightly vintage hairdos with a somewhat sexier, ‘modern messy’ take. She wears a lot of the middle part too, so I knew that I wanted to take some of her trademark style elements but build it into a look that went a little beyond- just like her performance in Legend.
We went with a 60s inspired half-up half-down do, complete with a beehive and some serious volume. Since I love the middle part, and I wanted to preserve some of her characteristic style, we created a soft middle part (try not to be too exact with this since you want it to have that ‘sexy by accident’ vibe) and used it to split the front layers into face framing bangs. While most retro hairdos usually carry a side-swept fringe, the cheek-length, split fringe was the perfect accent to the mod hairdo.
To modernize the look a bit, we went with very soft, smooth texture instead of the typical teased-to-the-nines effect you get with most retro-inspired looks. We kept the loose hair super soft, with just the merest hint of a wave. I wanted her hair to have body and movement without adding actual curls to the look. We did flip out the ends to finish off the style with a spot of edginess. The entire effect is very Brigitte Bardot, 2015 edition.
I kept the ‘down’ portion of the HUHD fairly simple because we wanted the volume at the crown to be the center of the look. The simple ends also compliment the high neck and strong lines of Emily’s honeyed caramel Miu Miu dress.
The film hits cinemas next month, so be sure to see it! Emily’s performance already had insiders raving about the Aussie actress. If you’re a fan of strong female characters in gritty themes, you’re going to love Emily’s vulnerable-but-fierce portrayal of Frances Shea, the ill-fated lover of gangster Reggie Kray (essayed by Tom Hardy).
I hope you enjoy the look as much as I enjoyed creating it. Watch this space for more on TIFF 2015.