Thursday, August 03, 2006

A Posh cut above

I know what you are thinking. Enough with the celebrity mugshots, this is starting to read like a concatenation: (sorry, new addiction to Google Word of the Day) of OK! tattle. But, please grant me a silly season ticket. If the mainstream media can get away with it, who is to say that we have to remain stoically high brow? Did you put yourself under the same pressure at WH Smith's check-out when buying Katie Price's Angel? Come September, it will be all things serious, but for now a bit of Summer in the City fluff.

And when looking for mindless dribble the Beckhams certainly score for England. So here we have today's burning topic: Posh's new hairdo. For a woman renowned for £3,000 haircuts and style setting illusions of grandeur, this was definitely not a decision made over pillow talk with Becks. No, this was the brain child of countless PR strategies to wrestle Posh's image from the heaps of Grazia and Hello front covers to the big boys, the Vanity Fairs the Vogues.

Dare I suggest we are witnessing a rather seismic shift in Brand Beckham, away from Spiceman and over to Spicewoman. With Beckham's resignation as England captain and his last international tournament behind him, Brand Beckham needs to extend its range to fully actualise its potential. And it is now or never. Stage left, enter Posh with haircut.

So what do we, the unwillingly subjected purveyors, think of the latest attempt to rebrand? Without getting too deep into the hairstyle lingo of cropped, bobbed, symmetric, or asymmetric. I will say anything is better than those impractical, lollypop head extensions. In PR terms, the cut is clearly meant to position Brand Beckham as female led, cutting edge, decisive and power driven. England's answer to Hillary Clinton. Oh no, surely not.

The haircut is definitely a brave move. It will eat up pages of the glossies, the tabloids, and the Styles sections of the Torygraph and Times. But, will it launch the Brand Beckham rocket to the media moon? Doubtful as yet. Victoria may have a new haircut, but she still needs to ditch the hot pants and stilettos for baggy, moon trousers and crater friendly shoes. And that is unlikely to happen. Without a total makeover, the haircut will inevitably remain an accessory to an otherwise dated label. So pre or post snip, it was going to remain Planet Earth for Brand Beckham.

For those also wishing to ditch the Rapunzel look, or just update their own brand:
John Frieda, London's uber glamorous celebrity studded salon, has salon training nights with junior stylists every Wednesday and Thursday. £10 cut, £20 colour. Rumoured to be one of the best in London, but not publicly marketed. Discreetly ring 0207 636 1401 and asked to be put on the list. Definitely beats £3,000 and bets are they can cut a straight line as well (meow!).

18 Comments:

Anonymous Kath said...

where did pic come from city slick? he he
good one. think it is much better than before. but as you say it wont matter.

1:36 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

not sure i am going to ask for that cut but cool £10 tip on salon

1:39 pm  
Anonymous Brian said...

What is worth more brand beckham or mel gibson? Like your voice and very creatively written. Can I subscribe through that button on right hand corner of main blog page? Ta, Brian

3:23 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Posh is hideous. Why or how could anything help her? She looks even moe like a monster child now. She will never be on cover of Vogue magazine

4:30 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

POSH IS BOSH

5:05 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

She looks so much younger but not any better
Hod can that be?
She is so false. I heard one of her silicone boobs burst at the weekend.
Now that IS funny

5:37 pm  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

I am so glad she got rid of those awful extensions though-- IMHO extensions are one of the most horrifying things possible. Imagine having a) a bunch of fake or (even worse) real hair GLUED to your head? Yuuuuuuuch!!!

Mind you, I also dissaprove, because I've got long natural hair and I don't think anyone should be able to join the club without having to struggle with the 'growing out years' first!

5:51 pm  
Anonymous Tanya said...

I agree with you Elizabeth and with CS. Anything is improving on what was there before. It was disgusting. They give you bald spots as well. Disgusting!

5:53 pm  
Anonymous GA said...

How can you "discretely" ring a phone number listed on the Internet?

3:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Went to John Frieda last Thursday. Awesome cut from Marco great stylisı. Cannot belıeve what a great deal. Thanks CS. İ am a new me now!

9:12 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Went to John Frieda last Thursday. Awesome cut from Marco great stylisı. Cannot belıeve what a great deal. Thanks CS. İ am a new me now!

9:12 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

She has the body of a teenage boy size 22 waist, seven year old jeans, disgusting. Find me a bloke who wants to try that on??

11:26 pm  
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"Posh!" is an up tempo song and musical number from the popular 1968 Albert R. Broccoli motion picture, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. It is written by the songwriting team of Sherman & Sherman. It makes reference to the myth that the word "posh" is an acronym for "Port Out, Starboard Home". In the film it is sung when "Grandpa Potts" (played by Lionel Jeffries) is being carried away in his outhouse. He sees the situation as serendipitous until he finally meets his kidnapper, Baron Bombhurst in Vulgaria.
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