Living Proof Spokesperson and Celebrity Stylist Chris McMillan is a regular hairdresser for Hollywood A listers and this year he created the Oscar look for Kate Hudson, the beauty at the top of everyone’s “HITS” list. Above and beyond her gorgeous Versace gown, Hudson sported the winning “do” of the night, soft, elegant, long side swept waves.
I got a chance to chat with McMillan the morning after the awards show to learn more about his “hits” and “misses”. Ever the gentleman, McMillan did not want to find fault with any single finish (although he DID say he would love to get “hold of Jennifer Lawrence to give her something a bit more age appropriate…younger”), but he does offer some insight and his fave trends from the Oscars.
“No one leaves her house unless she feels she looks good,” he told me. “But humidity really did play a factor this year. As you know it was raining all day and some of the artists had to go heavy with product or totally change the look to be safe.” For Hudson, McMillan went heavy with Living Proof Flex (“It is my must have and use product”) and went big. “I mean BIG,” he says. “I knew it would fall a bit in the car and did that so it would be perfect by the time she hit the red carpet.” McMillan armed Hudson with a comb and a can of Flex to keep her locks in place for the six hour Oscar red carpet and ceremony. “I was not with her for the show so she had to do her own touch up backstage before she went onstage to present.”
As far as his own “hits” list, McMillan says “I come from the school of ‘touchable’ hair…never helmets… and my favorites all fall into that category.” McMillan offers his favorite looks from the night:
FAVE SHORT LOOKS: Charlize Theron. “It was effortless and elegant.”
FAVE UPDO: Meryl Streep. “So simple. I loved her low chignon.” (McMillan also loved Julia Roberts chignon)
FAVE HAIR ACCESSORY: For McMillan it was a no-brainer…”I loved how Lupita Nyong’o used her headband as jewelry.”
FAVE LONG LOOK: Kate Hudson. “I hate to say it…because I did it…but it was perfect and really expressed the trend well. It was modern and fashionable,” and far from a helmet.