For the men, two old hairdos are new again

October 10, 1990|By Michael Wilson | Michael Wilson,Dallas Morning News

In New York and in Europe, catwalk kings are grooving to two new haircut trends the gym dandy and the modern Caesar.

They're abandoning the once popular cut of tapered back with volume at the crown for a sleeker, more rouguish look. And these hot runway hairstyles are making their way to the man on the street.

During the spring '91 shows in Milan, the gym dandy, an early Elvis look, was everywhere. At Gianni Versace, models came down the runway in bright, body-conscious fashions and sported jellied pompadours, goatees, long sideburns and dramatic short cuts.

The Caesar was worn by a young Peter Lorre in the 1940s, and Harrison Ford brought it back to the silver screen this summer in "Presumed Innocent."

The low-maintenance cut actually is a cousin to the perennial crew cut. It has similar characteristics: Hair on the sides and the nape is buzzed close to the scalp, but sideburns are kept long, and short hair at the crown gets combed foward for that ancient Roman look.

"The new Caesar cut has grown into a craze within the last month or so," says Ken Harvey, men's director at Men-Women, a New York modeling agency. "Lately, it's been coming out of Milan but I started seeing it about a year ago on some English models."

The gym dandy has become a favorite for the young and hip in New York, Harvey says, and an increasing number of male models are getting sheared. "A lot of guys see that other models are getting more work because of this look and they want to follow suit."

Jan Gonet, founder and president of Manner, a male-model agency in New York, says he believes his model John Francis popularized the Caesar look, but discourages others who want it. "They're in the minority. We try to ask our models not to do it but they do it anyway. (The haircut) makes it difficult for the commercial clients who want hair that they can part down the side."

Fashion magazines are picking up on the trends as well.

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