Men falling through the ceiling, graffiti, nervous models, neon, wigs and late nights – it’s all in a day’s work.
If you’ve been following Jon Kinsey Salon on Facebook or Instagram for a while, you’ll know that every season Jon teams up with his friend Mark Hampton to work behind the scenes at the top fashions shows in Paris, Milan and London. Last week was London Fashion Week.
Here’s Jon’s blog from the shows and his tips for what trends he’ll be translating into new ideas for clients (as well as those he’ll be leaving safely on the catwalk!).
…I took the chance to grab a couple of hours’ sleep on the train as I know from experience that working the shows is non-stop from the moment I arrive. This year I’d been asked to do the hairstyling for five shows; each with a very different look.
First up was Marchesa – a show featuring romantic, ‘rock n roll gypsy’ gowns rich with lace and embroidery. The hair was lengthened with extensions and blow dried to create soft, dishevelled waves. This was a beautiful, modern glamorous look – definitely something we’ll be recreating for special occasions for clients. View images of the Marchesa Spring/Summer Collection 2015 in the Gallery here.
The next show was a complete contrast. Footwear designer Sophia Webster’s edgy show featured splashes of graffiti and neon and Amazonian models with dramatic wigs coiled into cones and ropes. Really stunning – but not easy to wear! View images of Sophia Webster 2015 Collection in the Gallery here.
From there we headed to the Matthew Williamson show armed with tongs and pins, because this was a look that could be summed up in one word: elegance. Models wore beautiful blow-dried hair, which was then tonged into curls and pinned to set, before being shaken and brushed out. This look was pure red carpet using old-school hairdressing techniques. View images of Matthew Williamson 2015 Collection in the Gallery here
I’ve worked on the Vivienne Westwood show many times now and it’s always exciting and unpredictable. This year the collection referenced the debate about Scottish independence with plenty of tartan and a modern, deconstructed, punky look for hair and makeup. There was some real inspiration here for clients who like to have fun with a cut that they can quickly style to give loads of attitude. Brilliant as ever! View images of the Vivienne Westwood 2015 Collection in the Gallery here.
Finally I worked at FashionEast for Louise Alsop, this was the show where a builder fell through the roof – maybe he was trying to get a better view of the models who were wearing 90’s influenced dreadlocks created using twists and loads of product to give instant, grungy texture. View images of the FashionEast 2015 Collection in the Gallery here.
As ever, the shows got me thinking about new ideas and techniques. They were all so different from each other, but if one thing stood out it was texture and versatility. These were looks you could interpret easily for real life whether you’re thinking about loose, beautiful wedding locks or a new look for night out with friends.
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