Backstage at Fashion Week, a reporter asked legendary hairstylist Orlando Pita what he thought the "haircut of the moment" was. In response, Pita practically recoiled: "I am so sick of magazines telling women that they need to look like one thing in particular. I would never answer that question. Hair is all about individuality."
The remark was met with more than a few smiles, because, in our age of tapping everyone from Jennifer Lawrence to Siouxsie Sioux for inspiration, he couldn't be more correct. Why try to define a generation when beauty is finally — albeit slowly — becoming more democratic?
Following Pita's philosophy, we decided to create a fall haircut story that was neither definitive nor preachy, but rather, fun and (hopefully) inclusive. Here, you'll see singers, models, and other stars who've won us over with their bold — or not-so-bold, but still beautiful — cuts.
Click through the slideshow to see who made our edit. Then, let us know in the comments who else you'd like to see on the list. Next week, we'll update it with your suggestions — so stay tuned for more.
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Georgia May Jagger's hair is so beautiful — we're pretty sure it's those impeccably blended, face-framing layers, or that gorgeous honey-caramel blonde color. But, her bangs are the best part: We love how the shortest pieces soften her visage and add an easy, casual vibe. Notice that the bend in her hair starts just shy of her cheekbones: You could mimic that for a '60s feel, or you could curl your fringe in line with the eyes to open up your face.
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According to Motions celebrity stylist Ursula Stephen, the ubiquitous bob — in all its iterations — is still going strong. "The longer, blunt bob cut [is] definitely trending this season," she says. "You've seen it on everyone from model Jourdan Dunn [shown] to Kristen Wiig. It's edgy and makes for a manageable style for the cooler months." To cop Jourdan's cool-girl waves, "just go over your natural texture with a curling wand, paying special attention to the pieces around the face," she says, adding that curlier types should let their hair air-dry with a leave-in conditioner for maximum bounce.
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"Shorter hair, like bobs and other variations, [is] very fresh," says George Northwood, a renowned U.K. celebrity stylist whose clients include Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Alexa Chung. Jennifer Lawrence's demure baby bob, as we've called it, is one of his favorites right now.
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Riawna Capri, co-owner of Nine Zero One and stylist who tends to the tresses of Miley Cyrus and Emma Stone, sees something new popping up on the West Coast. "I like to call it the 'fresh long,'" she says. "It's a mid-length haircut with piece-y texture and no layers." She cites Vanessa Hudgens, with her brand-new red ombré (rombré?), as inspiration.
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"A new crop is a great way to change up a career and reinvent yourself," says editorial hairstylist James Pecis, who spotted lots of shorter 'dos backstage during Fashion Month. This sentiment is appropriate for Rosamund Pike, who revealed a peekaboo shaved patch during a red-carpet appearance for Gone Girl, her much-anticipated blockbuster. "Short styles have tremendous versatility, so play with it," Pecis says. "See how many ways you can wear one cut, and push the limits of your length."
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Before the red-carpet premiere of the actress' new movie, Camp X-Ray, stylist Giannandrea gave Kristen Stewart a fresh crop that took short to a whole new level. "I wanted a chic and effortlessly stylish new cut; something that perfectly reflects her personality," he says. "The proportions are extremely important with short cuts — I wanted to preserve the femininity while still bringing an edge. I used a combination of thinning shears and a razor to achieve this balance."
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Pushing boundaries even further is none other than Amber Valletta, the supermodel who manages to look nothing short of super — even with an androgynous 'do. "It's fearless," says celebrity hairstylist Peter Butler. "It's the grown-up version of the Miley chop for a confident, stylish woman — preferably with great bone structure."
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"Bangs are definitely back," notes Laurent Philippon, Bumble and bumble's global artistic director. "Whether [it's] worn thick and above the eyebrows, or thin and long around the eyes, a good fringe can be a great tool to frame a face that's square, or add structure to a rounder shape." Case in point: the Bey bangs, which the icon debuted in New York during the Global Citizen Festival a couple of weeks ago.
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At first glance, you may think top model Freja Beha is rocking another take on the long fringe you saw on Queen Bey. But, not so fast, insists Matt Fugate, a stylist at Sally Hershberger Downtown. "It's a long shag," he explains. "It's good for almost all face shapes, and especially works well on women with prominent foreheads." The separated, blunt fringe mimics her cut's choppy layers and lends a softness to the edgy style. If you fear going straight across, Fugate suggests side-swept bangs, which "will help accentuate the contours of your face and bring out your cheekbones."
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The shag is the go-to 'do for Edie Campbell, the it-Brit model of the moment. "Edie always leads the cropped-hair trends," says Pecis. And, Northwood adds: "Try something longer at the back — a bit mullet, if you dare! Shorter, deconstructed styles suit most face shapes. Just keep it soft and choppy. Rough-dry the hair into the shape you want to keep it messy and undone, and then add a little bit of a powder dry shampoo, like Redken's, for texture."
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