Or: How to Avoid the Awkward Grow-Out Phase by Embracing the Awkward
We can’t even promise you, not with total certainty, that’s she’s growing it out. That’s how perfectly natural her (possible) in between phase appears:
Is she? Isn’t she? You tell us.
Because while it would seem so, based on what’s happening with the long fringe in the front and the length on one of the not-pictured sides—there remains another side that’s still resisting. That’s being kept short. That’s not quite sure it wants to go long.
Behold, more angles:
What can we say? From some angles, it’s divine and girly as can be. From other angles, it’s divine and punk without looking too Try. Michelle Williams in full-on mohawk punk mode? That would look too Try.
The cut is not unlike another another one-time blonde pixie;s. It was long long ago, in a world far far away. The 90s:
In the here and now, Gwyneth Paltrow resists whatever punk impulses she once had (see: Met Gala). At the Met Gala, she showed up in fuschia Valentino, a ballgown of a dress with tight sleeves and one measly sheer panel. One sheer panel is not enough. Maybe if it had been torn or slashed, maybe then. And, no, resisting punk on a night like that isn’t punk. No, ma’am. In a room full of socialites and Hollywood folk, it’s expected. It’s easy. But had G shown up with her 90s hair? Perhaps then. Pink is the color of punk, after all. Perhaps we would have let it slide. Hair did make all the difference that night.
Do you remember 90s Gwyneth? Besties with our #WinoFoverever? Michelle Williams has got to remember 90s Gwyneth. It’s not an exact replica, certainly not of the above Gwyneth, but there are plenty of subtle similarities running throughout Michelle’s modern rendition. Not to mention nods to a younger Tilda Swinton and Cate Blanchett.
Our supporting argument:
Now you see it, yes? Even the Gwyneth. Or, for that matter, the Brad (that’d be Brad Pitt). It’s incredible, that these four lovelies (not including Brad) would have such a similar, semi-subversive twist on the blonde pixie. Tilda’s short side is nearly shaved, flirting with hair anarchy. Ms. Blanchett’s is the most adult, but there’s something that remains quite devil-may-care about it. It’s that short side. And Gwyneth’s is the easiest. So where does that leave Michelle? We doubt these other ladies wore the look as a segue between short and long, though G might have. Instead, we’d bet they aimed for this look from the start. And perhaps that’s why Michelle’s homage bespeaks such purpose. Such girlish disregard for the awkwardness of the grow-out phase. She chose the right inspiration.
Though we do wish she’d occasionally take a cue from G and put a pin in the fringe: