Subtle is not a word that floats to mind for Keeley Jones, the kind-hearted model turned PR powerhouse on Ted Lasso. Thank goodness for that. Played by an effervescent Juno Temple—who earned a SAG nomination for her performance and joined the cast in celebrating their win for outstanding ensemble in a comedy series—Keeley is at home in bubble gum–pink pantsuits, bangle-size hoop earrings, and her signature tippy-top ponytail. With Temple soon to head into production for the Apple TV+ show’s third season, it’s only natural that the actor would borrow some of that glimmering exuberance for tonight’s SAG Awards, starting with a gold chainmail Versace dress.
“It’s not ‘less is more,’ for sure,” hairstylist Mara Roszak says with a laugh, shortly after putting the finishing touches on Temple’s tousled fishtail braid. “But it’s never too much, either. It just always works.” Pulling off theatrical glamour is something that Temple does so well, Roszak says, describing the actor’s sense of adventure and play. “The dress-up part of it is really fun to do with Juno because she so appreciates fashion. Especially Versace—it feels just so her.” (Temple herself confirmed as much on the red carpet: “I wanted to go to fashion school, and Versace chainmail has been something that I have fantasized about since I was probably 14 years old. And now I’m wearing one!”)
The dress, a statuesque column with architectural shoulders, planted the creative seeds for Roszak’s work. Leading up to the event, she and an assistant made a tour of Los Angeles notions stores, including the hairstylist’s favorite International Silks and Woolens. “They have a whole floor of different textures of ribbons and strings and thread,” she says of the woven gold rope and micro-thin wire she bought to have on hand for in-the-moment improvisation.
Temple, of course, arrived with her own natural resources. “Juno just has this incredible wild mane of hair,” Roszak says of the actor’s headful of curls. The hairstylist began by massaging in a few drops of Santa Lucia styling oil from her own product line, RŌZ (pronounced rose). “Curly hair can really take moisture, and she’s blonde—even more so,” explains Roszak, who followed up that prep with a blowout and quick hits of a flat iron. It was all in preparation for a very Keeley move: a ponytail “super, super tight on the top of her head—high, like at the crown.” Instead of the actor’s usual brushed-back hairline, there was a little sleight of hand by way of a faux bang. “A slight Audrey, sort of Frenchy side-swept thing—really classic,” says Roszak of the hairpiece, which was custom-colored on the spot to match Temple’s shade of blonde. The temporary change was deferential to season three’s filming ahead (continuity with hair being key) and reflective of Temple’s own chameleonic approach. (“Well, I love a clip-on ponytail in general,” the actor told V.F. last summer. “So actually we’ve used some of my personal clip-on ponytails as Keeley.”)
To create the showstopper braid, Roszak worked in a bit of Wella’s EIMI matte texture paste—first to construct the fishtail, then to deconstruct it, she says of the tousled, lived-in result. “With the shoulder pads in the dress, Juno could take some volume.” A slip of gel applied with a rattail comb helped tame the wayward flyaways (without disturbing those that aided the halo effect).
The finishing touches, naturally, echoed the dress. A band of gold rope, stitched together by Roszak into a makeshift cuff, hugged the top of the ponytail, while thin gold wire bound the fishtail’s bottom edge. The bracelet coiled around Temple’s left arm offered a visual rhyme.
The makeup, too, by Chanel artist Kara Yoshimoto Bua, played off the evening’s metalwork. “I created a natural, chic palette, elevating her look with a glint of gilded liquid shadow in the inner eyes and lid,” she explains of the clutch use of Chanel’s Ombré Première Laque in Or Ambré, which she applied with a brush for a sheer wash. Otherwise, from the softened brown eyeliner to the terra cotta blush and nude lip pencil, it was a lesson in refined understatement—all the better to let the radiant Temple shine.
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