The fashionista jostling for seats at fashion week wasn’t happy.
“I had to stand up,” she huffed. “While this woman with Game of Thrones hair had a front row seat.”
“What’s Game of Thrones hair?” I asked, curious.
“Daenerys,” she replied with fashion-forward authority.
Watching the cult hit series soon after, the reference made sudden sense. Daenerys, aka the Dragon Princess, had long, silvery blonde hair.
Young, beautiful and forced into marriage to a horse lord with a penchant for guyliner, her hair adds to her ethereal quality. In a previous GOT series, she walked into a fire with rare dragon eggs, and came out with hatched dragon babies without a single strand singed black.
Since that fashion week exchange, I’ve been noticing more women with long white or silver locks, plaited, pony-tailed or brushed to a gun grey shine.
Younger women are doing a Daenerys for a fashion statement, and while a few more may be influenced by this week’s return of Game of Thrones, the majority of women have it naturally because of age. And what is really striking me is the length as well as the colour, or lack of.
They’ve turned their backs – and their heads – on two old school beauty mantras. As you age, you cut your hair sensibly short and you dye it brown, blonde or something in the colour spectrum, until your last breath.
Jane Campion, the director of Top of the Lake has long silvery hair, and Holly Hunter, who plays GJ in Campion’s series, mimics her director’s look with long silver locks (The series has been bitchily dubbed Game of Crones.)
On her website, author of Going Gray Anne Kreamer encourages before and after pictures of woman showcasing their new grey and white hair, like these below. They look more confident.
My hair is long and curly, as it has been since I was an 18. It’s wild, so trying to keep it short is high maintenance. And I’m scarred from years of childhood bowl cuts kept under a cap because of constant swimming training.
Now there are highlights of grey in my hair, it’s a reminder that in coming years, I may ‘do a Daenerys’. I don’t mind the idea of Jane Campion’s long silver locks. If a man with grey hair is called a silver fox, perhaps a woman with silvery tresses will one day be called silver foxy.
Jerry Hall, 56, is still Texan blonde in her recent press photos to promote her upcoming role in the Graduate in Melbourne. But it’s still lusciously long rather than sensibly short, so she’s still rebelling on that front. Her long hair is her trademark, and she still rocks it. Perhaps she’ll go silver soon.
And while Daenerys may be young, look out for Game of Thrones: the later years, as silvery blonde is already associated with an old soul and it’s fast becoming associated with beauty.
*Kerrie Davis is a journalist who has written for Vogue, the Punch, the Australian and the Sunday Telegraph. She describes her hair as : Wild curls, not grey yet, but with a teenager the silver is seriously creeping in.