Penelope wins best supporting fringe

Bafta winner's new look marks big trend

Penelope Cruz, fringe, Baftas, Mathew Alexander, Keira Knightley, Dita Von Teese

Penelope debuted her new heavy fringe at this year's Baftas


Heavy fringes look set to make another comeback - Penelope Cruz debuted her new look at the Baftas when she took the best supporting actress award for Vicky Cristina Barcelona.

"Penelope's new fringe was a classic, 1930s ballerina inspired shape," points out Mathew Alexander at Mathew Alexander Bespoke Hair & Make-up in central London, adding, "It's a great trend for this season to add a graphic, stylish statement to your look."

Mathew says "Penelope's shorter length fringe would suit anyone with a small face and delicate bone structure. But fringes of different lengths are de-rigueur at the moment, with the maxi-fringe featuring heavily at Christian Lacroix's spring/summer '09 collections and recently seen on Keira Knightley at the Paris couture shows.

"Heavier maxi-fringes have universal appeal," Mathew continues. "Blowdry to the side and curl under for a 1950s burlesque feel a la Dita Von Teese. Or part it, which makes it more versatile and suitable for pretty much anyone.

It's particularly suited to people with long faces, such as Sarah Jessica Parker or Tamara Mellon, but steer clear of the maxi-fringe if you have a small face and lots of hair," Mathew warns. Call 020 7495 1122 for appointments.

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