Sunday, August 16, 2009

Oyster Magazine Shoot

Just before Rosemount Australian Fashion Week, earlier this year, I had the privelege of working on a photoshoot for Australian Publication Oyster. The photographer was a guy I hadn't worked with before by the name of Stephen Chee and as you can see, he's not too shabby.
The idea of the shoot, was to take a handful of hair directors from RAFW and team them up with a designer to showcase both the clothing and the hair directors skills and vision. I got to create a style for Melbourne designer Ben Smith and his label Anon. The frock was really elegant and kinda romantic, and I wanted to compliment that with the hair. Using the hair's natural texture, and some U pins, I pretty much just moulded the hair into a kind of 1920s inspired soft felt hat shape.
I have to confess that it is a style I had created a few years ago for a photographic collection, but I loved it so much I wanted to pair the hairstyle with this beautiful dress and gorgeous girl. How's this? I went to L'oreal show a few weeks ago and saw Brad Ngata, owner of Sydney salon, Brad Ngata Hair Direction, and he showed a really similar look that he had created for RAFW using elastic and moulding the hair into a similar shape. I really liked the way he used the hat elastic, only wish I'd though of that!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

My Bio

I've never done a CV before and an agent asked me to provide one. Was quite a challenge putting it together, and I've probably left a whole lot of stuff out of it. Anyway, here it is...


Curriculum vitae

Described by Style Magazine as 'a genius with the knack of making women look beautiful' and by Karen Magazine as 'too much fun not to have on a shoot', Richard Kavanagh is a freelance session stylist with 23 years in the hair business.

A platform artist since 1997 Richard has been a Redken Performing artist since 2001.

While still working in salons, Richard was a winner or finalist of every major hairdressing award in New Zealand for several years running including L'oreal Colour Trophy, New Zealand hairdresser of the year, New Zealand Hairdressing association Creative head of merit and more.

His work features on the covers and pages of publications such as Vogue, Marie Claire, Style, Karen, Pavement and many more in the US, UK, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

Richard is the go to guy for top international directors when they need a hair specialist in New Zealand and he has created looks for international hair and fashion brands for the their TV campaigns.

Passionate about education and growing the professional image of the hair industry, Richard has been the resident fashion guru on prime time network television, hosts a weekly hair and fashion spot on TVNZ's Good Morning show and brings his passion to life through shows and seminars to thousands of hairdressers all over the globe.


Cindy Wilson

Jonathon Broadbent

Jackie Mearing

Derek Henderson

Marissa Findlay

Shaun Pettigrew

Stephen Chee

Kim Mun

Ian Mcrae


Chris Sisarich

Craig Owen


Id Dunedin (lead stylist)

NZ Fashion Week (lead stylist)

Australian Fashion Week (lead stylist)

New York Fashion Week

Singapore fashion festival (lead stylist)


Melanie Bridge (Sunsilk, Kohls, National Bank)

Michel Gondry (Steriogram, Walkie Talkie Man)

Kezia Barnett (Oreo Bites)

Noah Marshall (Anika Moa,

Jesse Warn (Zed, White Trash to Rock Gods)

Adam Jones (Steriogram, White Trash)

Nic Finlayson (Glassons)





Max mara



Line Seven

You by Crocs









Fashion Quarterly


Style (NZ and Singapore)

UK Cosmo Bride

NZ Bride


Australian Womans Weekly








South Africa



Chloe Maxwell

Kylie Bax

Collette Dinigan

Karen Walker

Black Eyed Peas

Roni Size

Anika moa

Margherita Missoni

Miss Universe Australia

Tyson Kennedy

Alek Wek