Certain classic movie moments are simply impossible to forget: Audrey Hepburn strutting down Fifth Avenue with her bejeweled updo. Marilyn Monroe standing on a subway grate, letting her blonde curls playfully blow in the air. As a hairstylist you can’t help but see how each starlet’s style played a big role in these defining moments. And that’s exactly what Jake Thompson, (@jakethompsonhair) Co-owner of Lunatic Fringe in Salt Lake City, Utah, aimed to capture in his Ethereal Icons collection. “These looks have a timeless quality,” says Thompson. “They were sexy and classic. And they very much paved the way for many collections and cuts walking out of salons today.” Thompson gave his newly styled icons an ethereal vibe by slightly blowing out the lighting and adding orange and pink gels. To say the least, each model was more than ready for her close-up.
Straddling a subway grate, white dress billowing upwards, Marilyn Monroe became Hollywood’s most famous sex symbol with that unforgettable moment in The Seven Year Itch. She was the blonde everyone wanted to be—or be with. Thompson painstakingly reinvented this iconic look by giving his model upward-angled, loose blonde curls. For maximum blonde impact, Thompson used Oribe Gold Lust Repair & Restore Shampoo and Transformative Masque, letting the nourishing oils and extracts boost the brilliant blonde shade.
Known for her voluptuous figure, and equally voluptuous hair, Jane Russell sizzled on the silver screen, matching Monroe’s sex appeal in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. For his “Russell-esque” model, Thompson blew out her hair with Oribe Gel Sérum before curling and modernizing the look by deconstructing the ends.
With sculpted cheekbones, alluring almond-shaped eyes and luscious raven hair, Sophia Loren was the exotic Italian film actress who took America by storm. Just as Loren’s brunette locks had a hint of auburn in Marriage Italian Style, Thompson’s model had touches of amber interplayed through the back. And, to boost shine and smoothness, Thompson blew out the hair with Oribe Supershine Light Moisturizing Cream.
Everyone creating a chic updo owes a debt of gratitude to Audrey Hepburn. Her “Holly Golightly”—elegantly emerging from a New York City cab, window-shopping at Tiffany & Co.—took updos to a whole new level, with perfect swirls of hair neatly coiling around a stunning broach. Thompson gave his new “Holly” an edgier, looser vibe, letting the bun fall downward and pulling out wisps of hair. To keep the style perfectly in place, Thompson misted her hair with Oribe Superfine Hair Spray.
Photographer and Hair: Jake Thompson
Makeup: Jillyn Neslen
Wardrobe: Rachael Lorene Domingo
Assistants: Jeremy McDougle, Kelsey Thompson