The gym dandy, modern Caesar are making a comeback in the '90s


November 08, 1990|By Rod Stafford Hagwood | Rod Stafford Hagwood,Fort Lauderdale News & Sun-Sentinel

For men, hairstyles today are a reversal of the '80s.

In the past decade, hair was long in the back and short on top. Switch that around and you'll be on top of the '90s.

"Looks are now shorter on the sides and the back," says Roberta Lee of the Frantasy salon in Fort Lauderdale, "and longer on top. And of course, there's the die-hard ponytail, which in good condition is acceptable not below the shoulders."

For the fashion-forward, the two new haircuts are the gym dandy and the modern Caesar. Both are sleeker and more roguish than recent styles.

The gym dandy is really an early Elvis look that resurfaced on the runways during the Spring '91 shows in Milan. Now the terminally chic are sporting pomade pompadours with long sideburns and dramatic razor cuts on the sides.

As for the Caesar, Peter Lorre wore it in the '40s, but most will remember Harrison Ford bringing it back this summer in the movie "Presumed Innocent."

The easy-to-care-for cut is similar to the ol' reliable crew cut, but the sideburns are long and the short hair at the nape of the neck is combed forward for that Roman look.

European menswear magazines such as L'Uomo Vogue and Mondo Uomo have endorsed the two new styles with plenty of editorial space. GQ and Esquire are picking up on the cut. And Details magazine -- the bible for young fashionable men -- showcases the hairstyles regularly. On last month's cover, model Tony Ward sported a modified gym dandy with a goatee and long sideburns. On this month's cover, model John Francis wears the Caesar look.

As for facial hair, it's getting longer and longer. Goatees and dense shadow beards are popular with everyone from models for Versace and Moschino to film director Spike Lee and pop music star Prince who, in a burst of hormones, has a 5 o'clock shadow in his new movie, "Graffiti Bridge."

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