I was reminded of Joni Mitchell’s groundbreaking album, Blue (not that I need reminding) when I was sitting out a rainstorm in a Muskoka cottage a while back. I turned on the radio and caught a CBC interview with author Michelle Mercer who, in her book ‘Will You Take Me As I Am,’ chronicles Joni’s deeply confessional early ’70s ‘Blue’ period. I was captivated hearing about the Joni of those times: The music, her unique open-tuning on guitar, her look’the boyfriends!’it’s always held fascination for me.
And, apparently for the fashion world as well.
L’Oréal Professionnel, the salon arm of L’Oréal hair care, had Joni and a few others in mind when they put together their style statement for this fall for their salon Tecni.art styling products. They took a group of mythical and powerful women in rock and folk’legends like Debbie Harry and Janis Joplin’and created looks around their younger days. Amy Winehouse’s hair inspiration is in the mix too, although she seems to be the only current muse in the bunch. Anyway, ‘the catwalks in London, Paris, New York and Milan for fall 09 are taking their cues from rock and folk musical icons,’ says L’Oreal.
The Joni inspiration: ‘Long hair and a beautiful sun-infused colour. The texture is created with Full Volume Extra mousse from Tecni.art for an incredibly light, downy effect.’
Does the rendition look a little more like a current Gucci ad than lady-of-the-canyon? Uh-huh. And the sexy mop that is supposed to be inspired by a ‘militant Joan Baez’ is a hoot (-enanny). Not the earnest earthy Baez I usually picture. Still, it’s interesting to note that these music legends are still fuelling the style beat.
So, who are ya gonna be this fall?