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The hair gurus at London-based Vidal Sassoon were in town recently to give us the heads-up on spring and summer 2001 looks. The styles will range from sexy in-your-face hair to street-inspired boyish cuts to a 1980s hair redux.

"More than anything, it's about individuality," said Tim Hartley, Vidal Sassoon creative director, about the new Sassoon styles. Like fashion designers who design spring and fall collections, many salons--like Sassoon--follow suit, creating biannual hair collections.

The collection, called Universal, includes four distinct looks for women and one for men. For women, there will be the ABC sculptural cut of sharp fringes that fall over one side of the face, covering an eye (think Veronica Lake), the cheek and even part of the chin. The look is achieved with an angular or soft round cut that is kept at shoulder length or shorter.

The ska is a short boyish style--clean and sharp with a lot of movement. It's a look intended for "rude girls bucking fem fashion," Hartley said. The bleak chic look is a throwback to the 1980s, a "thatched and stacked" style that's worn either long or short. The mambo 'do is a triangular chin-length cut that is permed for fullness at the sides and for curls on top. For men, big hair will return with lots of layers and loose outlines--messy or combed. But this is not the long, rocker hair--the style stops at the neck.

When it comes to color, monochromatic will be in for both sexes "from the blackest blacks to the most strident blonds and reds that shout," said Annie Humphries, director of color and technical research. She and Hartley taught a master class last week at the Vidal Sassoon Academy in Santa Monica for stylists from the Beverly Hills salon and others from across L.A.

Highlights continue strong, but color next season will show up in unexpected places--hidden under top layers of the hair. Humphries said the strongest holiday party look will be shiny "vinyl looking" hair, achieved with special sprays that make the hair gleam.

Hair trends, much like fashion trends, have become increasingly popular, Hartley added, because "whether it's about being defiant or being chic with your hairstyle, it's all about image."

Just the Fashion Facts . . .

* Nicole Miller will be honored Wednesday by the California Fashion Industry Friends of AIDS Healthcare Foundation at a black-tie gala and fund-raiser at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills. The New York designer also will be the recipient of the foundation's Friends Award. The evening's highlight will be a Miller fashion show and a retrospective of her designs. Cheryl Tiegs also will be honored with the first MAC Fashion Icon Award from MAC cosmetics. A silent auction will feature accessory-filled designer handbags, briefcases and overnight bags. Tickets are $200 to $350. For information, call (310) 278-6276.

* Divine Design's eighth annual fashion fund-raiser for Project Angel Food kicks off at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Pacific Design Center with a dinner, auction and shopping for guests who are willing to pay $250 per ticket for the gala night. This year's honorees are Jami Morse Heidegger, president of Kiehl's; West Hollywood's Beverly Center; and Darren Star, creator of "Sex and the City." A variety of designers, manufacturers, retailers and artists have donated fashion wear, art, spa and home design products that will be sold to the public Dec. 1-4, with progressive markdowns each day. Daily admission is $20, with ample parking available. For more information, call: (310) 358-8000 or visit


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