The budget-friendly hack responsible for Margot Robbie's bouncy Met Gala blowout

Category is: ‘90s supermodel

BEAUTYcrew Beauty Editor / May 03 2023

Something strange happened when invitees heard the theme for the 2023 Met Gala was “Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty”. 

Whether it was a conscious consensus or not, celebrities seemed to flock to archive looks from the Chanel runways of the ‘90s. Subsequently, the hair and makeup that eventuated on the evening bore the same aesthetic signifiers of the era: bouncy blowouts, matte makeup and flawless complexions. 

BLACKPINK’s Jennie Kim made her Met Gala debut in a reinterpretation of a look from the Chanel Fall/Winter 1990 Ready-to-Wear collection.

Meanwhile, Dua Lipa arrived wearing a wedding gown from the Haute Couture Fall/Winter 1992 collection that was famously worn on the runway by Chanel muse Claudia Schiffer. 

Margot Robbie also wore a recreation of an archive look  sepcifically, a transparent bustier gown from Chanel’s Spring 1993 Haute Couture collection. 

Robbie’s hairstylist Bryce Scarlett wanted to honour the gown’s ‘90s aesthetic in a modern way, he said in a statement released by Dyson. 

“We took inspiration for the hair from her stunning 90’s Chanel archival dress that was originally worn by Cindy Crawford in the spring 1993 couture show,” he explained. “I wanted to give a modern take on the 90’s supermodel hair that Cindy had walking down the runway.”

After using a combination of root thickening spray on her roots and volumising mousse on her mid-lengths to ends, Scarlett styled her hair into a side-parted ‘90s blowout using the Dyson Airwrap Multi-Styler ($949 at Adore Beauty) and a round brush attachment for extra volume. 

Scarlett’s genius hack for bouncy curls that hold all night long? Use velcro rollers and roll the hair away from the face to promote lift. After the curls have cooled, remove the rollers and tease the hair for extra body. 

We recommend: Mermade Hair Heatless Velcro Roller Kit ($19 at Mermade Hair).

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He then finished Robbie’s hair and smoothed flyaways with a few careful strokes of a boar bristle brush, the Dyson Airwrap smoothing attachment, and a spritz or two of a finishing mist. 

Margot Robbie’s hair may have caught our eye, but we couldn’t help but notice she wore the same American manicure to the Met that she had at the 2023 Oscars.

Main image credit: @brycescarlett

Briar Clark got her start in the media industry in 2017, as an intern for Marie Claire and InStyle. Since then, her keen interest in fashion and beauty has landed her gigs as a Digital Content Producer and Beauty Editor with titles like Girlfriend, Refinery29, BEAUTYcrew and beautyheaven. She loves the way seemingly innocuous topics like skin care and style have the ability to put a smile on people’s faces or make them think about themselves a little differently. A big believer in self love and experimentation, Briar has made a point of becoming the Australian beauty industry’s unofficial guinea pig for unusual treatments and daring hair trends. When she’s not testing out the latest beauty launches, Briar is big on broadening her horizons, mostly in the form of food but she’s also partial to travelling to new destinations both near and far (and of course, allocating an extra bag to bring their best beauty offerings home with her).