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Trend on trial: Is Anna Sui's emo side-fringe a blast from the past?

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Anna Sui’s models managed to make a side-swept fringe look chic, but on the Stylist beauty team? The verdicts are in…

A lot of matte pomade paste, a few passes of the ghd’s and a scowl made the perfect recipe for our teenage emo fringes, but 2018’s high fashion version has a slightly different vibe. Does the modern update pull the look firmly out of the Noughties, or is it too much of a blast from the past?

Lucy Partington , Stylist’s Beauty Editor 

THE SWEEPING FRINGE IS A THROWBACK TOO FAR FOR LUCY

Chop a few inches off the length and indulge in a bit (read: a lot) of backcombing and this was literally my exact hairstyle during the Noughties. But now it feels weird and I look weird. And I think that’s probably because these extreme fringes just aren’t supposed to be a thing any more, are they? The look was easy enough to achieve with a bit of backcombing and a few kirby grips but I’m sorry, Anna Sui – I think you might have got it wrong this time.

Hanna Ibraheem, Stylist’s Beauty Writer

IT’S JUST LIKE LOOKING AT HANNA’S SIXTH FORM YEARBOOK PHOTO

I rocked a heavy side-fringe throughout sixth form (you know the type that you can barely see through? Yep, it was one of those) so this look was a serious throwback for me. To create it, I gave myself a deep side-parting, scraping a large chunk of hair across my forehead and pinning it behind my ear. While I appreciated how easy it was to create instant volume at the roots with a bit of backcombing and texturising spray, I feel like this hairstyle is best left in the past.

Ava Welsing-Kitcher, Stylist’s Junior Beauty Writer

THE ‘SOCCER MOM’ LOOK IS NOT THE GAME-CHANGER AVA WAS HOPING FOR

I’m echoing Lucy and Hanna on this one – this was my go-to hairstyle circa 2009, complete with skinny eyebrows and even skinnier jeans. But in 2018, with this dotted shirt, I feel like a soccer mom alter-ego called Karen, who hastily combs her hair into a deep side-parting before running the kids to school. I’ve caught a glimpse of my future and my past, and I’m not feeling it. There’s a reason why I’ve deleted so many Facebook photo albums.

Verdict

Although we were once devoted disciples of the uber-heavy fringe, time is a healer and sadly this look no longer gets the thumbs up. Anna Sui’s models just about get away with it, but it’s best for the rest of us to stash this one in the attic, alongside those boxes of burgundy hair dye and the circulation-suppressing denim that we insisted on wearing.

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Ava Welsing-Kitcher is Stylist’s junior beauty writer and resident curly girl. She’s addicted to lip balm (who isn’t?!), wearing eyeshadow as blush and lipstick and all things hair.

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