With their haunting electro-pop vocals and their seventies-inspired vintage fashion sense, twin sisters Elektra and Miranda Kilbey-Jansson of the Swedish-Australian duo Say Lou Lou are sure to inspire a legion of style followers while on tour for their Lucid Dreaming album this month. But it’s the fair-haired Elektra—with her long, blendable, disco-influenced bangs—who’s currently fueling our summer beauty inspiration.
Chopped at the cheekbone and pushed to the side, her easy fringe evokes an ethos of rock star cool. In fact, the hairstyle’s charismatic roots go back to the sixties, when singers Françoise Hardy and Nico embraced tapered, full-face fringe that launched a thousand downtown imitators. Brigitte Bardot made eye-grazing, deliberately messy bangs a bombshell ingenue signature. More recently, the long bang has found a present-tense fan in Alexa Chung, the modern-day archetype of easy glamour. Here, five takes on face-framing fringe that promises to look cool this season—heat and humidity come what may.
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