It’s tricky to pin point the moment Amy Winehouse‘s now iconic, beehive and kohl rimmed cat’s eyes changed the way cool London girls did their hair and make-up. It’s most likely to have been somewhere during 2006, the year her second album, Back To Black catapulted the soul singer to fame.
It was around this time that the catwalk began to mirror Amy’s 60s inspired rock look. Louis Vuitton purloined the heavy black eyeliner and it became a signature look for the late noughties. Hair stylists gave classic chignons and up dos a shake up under her influence.
Amy’s hairstyle was a soulful adaptation of the 60s beehive (complete with huge, hair pieces around which Amy wrapped her own, jet black locks, and a heap of hair spray). It was an anti-hairdo if you like. And its varied, chaotic appearances changed how teens did and do their hair. If you went walking down Camden High Street, you’d pass many a Winehouse clone.
Today, her influence has softened, but is still present. As you walk down Oxford Street or perch on the tube, you’ll start to notice among some of the cooler teenage girls little height at the crown, a bit of back combing, hair brought up roughly, perhaps – all are elements first planted by Amy’s collapsing beehive.
The heart rending voice might be Amy Winehouse’s legacy, but her look has influenced a generation.