REDBULL TAKES YOU BACKSTAGE:
NEW YORK FASHION WEEK A/W 10 FEBRUARY 2010.
I’m at this show, and they bring out a leopard.
And give it a piece of steak (not that it looked hungry).
Then they put it straight back in the cage. I say cage, but it was more like an oversized cat carrier.
All the while, this girl sits on a broken piece of concrete on what looked like a film set and looked all scared and sexy and coy and dusky maiden.
It's cool though, we were totally safe behind the velvet rope. That cat was not going to cross the velvet rope. You just don't do that.
The only show I managed today was Generra, where I got to work with some pretty exciting new technology in hair extensions.
The lead stylist was Peter Grey whom I have had the pleasure of working with a couple of times before and the look was very 90’s grunge. Quite street style crossed with girl X (which I think is a NYC term for it girl). The girls’ hair was parted on one side and pulled back sleek and clean into a pony tail on the opposite side to give the effect of being undercut or shaved off. Then the hair that was left out was set on large curling irons (yes, we even used the Kavanagh 1.5” iron) and lots and lots of Redken Workforce 09. Then, a new technology in Hair extensions was used to add volume and length. Easiwefts, by Easihair are human hair extensions on a sticky backing tape that can be attached into the hair in such a way as to last up to 6 weeks. They can also be easily removed by spraying an alcohol based removal spray on and they simply slide out ready for re-use…
No lumps! And when it comes to extensions no lumps is not a phrase that we ever get to use.
Then the hair was straightend atr the ends and some Redken Glass run through to give it a worn in feel.
The boy’s hair was tough. Real tough. Think Steve Mcquuen in the Great Escape. Slicked back with lots of Redken Touch Control Mousse (and I mean lots! Like about the size of three oranges in your hand lots!) and then loosened up with the fingers, it looked as though the boys had been sweating and fighting and pushing their hair off their face. Well, apart from the fact they were all really skinny and beautiful and didn’t look like they’d had a fight in their lives.
However, it was good to see men looking like men.
A big shout out to my mate Sarah Illingworth who got over to Gwen Stefani’s show LAMB. I unfortunately was busy with the fat leopard but from her photos the hair looks super cool. In fact, probably cool enough to get behind the velvet rope where the fat leopard dwells. At Gwen’s show was Kelly Osborne looking like she’s feeding her pet glove a nice drink of whiskey and milk. Kelly’s looking pretty good in platinum blonde. And so is Gwen. The focus however, should be on the model’s clothes and the hair.
The models all wore Betty Page style waves with heavy blunt fringes above the eyebrows. This look can easily be re-created by sectioning the hair into four quarters with vertical partings all coming from the highest point of the head. Then, in each section, starting at the bottom, take a horizontal parting about 1.5” deep and comb it back away from your face. Spray it liberally with Redken Workforce 09. Give it a half a twist and then spiral wind it round a small-barreled curling tong (I know, why don’t you use a Kavanagh .75” tong?). Clip it with a dinky and let it cool while you repeat the same technique on the next section above. Do each section in each of the four quadrants and once it’s cooled, give it a good brush through with a Mason Pearson type brush.
My computer is remarkably sluggish. I am transferring 7071 photos to my hard drive as I write this so I can free up some space. Good news though, the buttons are all working fine… I’ll just go play some solitaire while the remaining 2000 odd photos transfer then I can upload this story.
It’s 2 am…
One game of solitaire and there’s a little over 1000 photos left to transfer… uh oh, it’s started going backwards! Oh man… my computer sucks.