This edgy updo looks like a slicked back crop haircut from the front but when you look at the side view you can see how the long length is brought up and secured in the back.
This is a wet look accomplished with pomade and products and starting with unwashed hair is a plus. The top front is back combed to help produce height and then the top is smoothed over directed to the back in a swooping fashion. The sides are combed back. The picture below shows a side view to see how the back is done.
A french roll with a braid above it does a great job to hold things in place and provides interest. The event is the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival – "People Like Us."