Red Carpet Hairstyling with René Furterer at the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards and 2010 Toronto Film Festival

Products from René Furterer’s Vegetal Styling system were essential to achieving the elegant hair looks of actresses Christina Ricci at the 7th Annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards in New York City and Clémence Poésy at the 2010 Toronto Film Festival. Hairstylist Creighton Bowman of Exclusive Artists Management drew inspiration from Ricci's Peter Som daisy-patterned corseted dress to create a modernized 1950s style ponytail, while hairstylist Jacqueline Bush, also from Exclusive Artists Management, styled Poésy’s locks into a loose chignon to go with the star’s Parisian chic image.

For Ricci’s hairstyle, Bowman first shaped the actress’s blow-dried bangs using a point-cut haircutting technique to get a heavy, face-framing fringe that was slightly curved yet jagged at the edges. Next, Bowman applied René Furterer Vegetal Mousse on towel-dried hair for volume and gave the tresses a blow-out using a Babyliss dryer. He then styled the bangs, enhancing their roundness, with a small Mason Pearson brush that was sprayed with Vegetal Finishing Spray before spritzing the bangs with the Spray to keep the style in place. Bowman curled large sections of Ricci’s hair using a 1.5-inch rod curling iron before securing the hair into a high ponytail, which was backcombed then smoothed over for a ‘50s-inspired curl. Bowman finished the ‘do by misting Glossing Spray for shine.

For Poésy’s “undone” chignon, Bush first prepped the hair with René Furterer Vegetal Sculpting Gel and rough-dried the tresses. Next, she blow-dried the hair using a Mason Pearson brush before separating strands into 1.5-inch wide sections, which she sprayed with L’Oréal Elnett Satin Hairspray (Strong Hold) and curled with a 1-inch barrel curling iron, making sure the curls weren’t too uniform. Bush then separated the hair horizontally into two parts and clipped away the front section while securing the bottom section into a low, loose ponytail. She teased the ponytail with a rattail comb, smoothed it out with a Mason Pearson brush and pinned it under into a soft bun. Next, Bush unclipped the front section and parted it in the middle, selecting random strands around the hairline and leaving them loose, before pulling the rest of the hair back loosely and pinning the portion around the bun to create a chignon. The chignon was secured in place with four large pins, one at each corner, and a few of the strands that were left out were pinned in a crisscross pattern to taper over the chignon. Finally, Bush made sure to leave a few pieces of hair around the face for an effortless look and misted the ‘do with Vegetal Finishing Spray for staying power.

—Ivy Tan

*Photos courtesy of Getty Images (Christina Ricci and Clémence Poésy, front view) and Jacqueline Bush (Clémence Poésy, back view).

Christina Ricci's updated 1950s 'do featuring a face-framing fringe.

The front and back view of Clémence Poésy's chignon.