Christopher John Rogers Offers Beauty Escapism With Flying Braids and Two-Tone Lips



Photo: Courtesy of Christopher John Rogers.

Much like last season, hairstylist Naeemah LaFond provided an array of head-turning hair looks. “They’re very playful and whimsical, yet still have that air of chic and powerful woven throughout that we have come to associate with the CJR woman,” she says of conceptualizing the collection’s hair looks. Using Amika’s Headstrong Intense Hold Hairspray, she sculpted sky-reaching styles, such as the towering Afros and chandelier-like braids. “The towering crown look was a labor of love inspired by the Zulu women of South Africa and their traditional braided headdresses,” says LaFond, adding that she wrapped pre-loc-ed hair extensions around a cylinder base and added pieces of textured hair to “break up the texture and make it feel more lived-in.”

For the flying braids, which were inspired by LaFond’s daughter, Milah, she was going for a nostalgia meets futurism. “Creating this look reminded me of getting my hair done growing up and having my mom and my aunts all hovering over me braiding away,” says LaFond, who achieved the flying effect by attaching fishing wire to the ends of the twists and tying the wire to a piece of wood. Then, there was the grand updo full of curls, which was a nod to Black women in America during the Victorian era, she says. “I imagined her in the 1800s through the lens of freedom, showing how she would have expressed her sense of fashion and breathed life into the hairstyles of the times if she were allowed to truly live,” explains LaFond.

To round out the looks, she took on bobs and ponytails with a modern Swinging Sixties slant. “It’s reminiscent of the 1960s, but with a sharper, blunt end instead of the classic flip,” she said, noting that it works well on all textures. “It’s really about the shape more than anything else. It’s young and fun, but still commands enough composure to work well with a power suit.”

Photo: Courtesy of Christopher John Rogers.
Photo: Courtesy of Christopher John Rogers.

“Christopher isn’t afraid to layer references and take creative risks,” says LaFond of what she loves most about working with Rogers, who despite not being able to stage a show this season, brought the drama in spades. As the designer says himself, the Christopher John Rogers customer is “more self-assured” than ever before. “They’re grounded and taking this time to really dig deep into themselves and be okay with every single part of who they are,” explains Rogers. “They’re letting that shine through more so than dressing up for anyone or needing to impress anyone other than themselves.”

Photo: Courtesy of Christopher John Rogers. 

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