Paul Hanlon: Christopher’s key words to me were ‘aqua, fluid and liquid’, the idea of shiny, simply hair – like the girls were coming out of water. We wet the hair down and blow-dried it into a centre parting. This provided a modern finish and natural shine. Next we worked Catwalk Your Highness Root Boost through the roots to shape the hair off the face. We misted with water spray to reactivate the Root Boost which created a gel-like effect, and used a wide comb to set ridge marks into the hair.
Nick Irwin: The German duo gave us something much more gothic this season. Punk, but not in an anarchic way. I really wanted to add a personal note to the hair as well as creating something that complemented the look for the A/W 11 collection. The inspiration for the look is very Siouxsie Sioux; extremely confident but wearable. The first step was to divide the hair in two, the top from the bottom – we wanted the hair to look a day old so sprayed with Catwalk Your Highness Root Boost and blast dried. To add a feeling of ‘tribal’ we plaited a braid on each side of the head then gathered the bottom of the hair along with the braids to create a low ponytail with a bungee band. We then created a twisted knot, quite loose and brushed the top section of hair and pulled the rest back into another ponytail and twisted again into a second knot.
Paul Hanlon: ‘Christopher and I talked about a look that was really clean, strict and immaculate. We also talked about the stark look of Uma Thurman in the film Gattacca. Hair was wet down with Catwalk Sleep Mystique Fast Fixx Style Prep and blow-dried super straight, running irons over the mid-lengths and ends. This takes all the volume out of the hair and helps create a really condensed ponytail. The hair was brushed back with no parting and positioned about an inch above the nape of the neck, secured with a very tight glitter elastic band which was super-glued back onto itself to create as severe an effect as possible.
Basso & Brooke
Nick Irwin: We looked at references from Valentino. Basso & Brooke are quirky but sophisticated designers. I played with contour and wave to mirror the graphic prints, and used a coloured hairspray to create a pop, cartoony feel. We started the hair by prepping it with Catwalk Session Series Transforming Dry Shampoo to give the hair extra volume and texture. We then parted the hair to one side and heated with rollers in an outward motion. Having the rollers hot is key to creating this look. We left the rollers in for approximately 20 minutes and brushed the curls out to soften and create an all-in-one wave. We then took one side of the parting back behind the ear and left the other side in front.
Anthony Turner: We discussed many ideas when creating this look, but when the model dressed it felt right to pull back and create a sharp, minimal style in order to work with the print. We started with Catwalk Curlesque Strong Mouse from roots to mid lengths and blow dried hair into place flat to the head. We then used a tail comb to create a straight, precise low side part on the right side of the head. Hair was secured at the very nape of the neck with tight elastics.