Using the new Catwalk Session Series developed by Tigi European Creative Director Nick Irwin, i-D Online gets a hair-over courtesy of Team TIGI and chats with Nick about the stresses and messes involved in creating catwalk tresses!
How collaborative is the process between designer and hair stylist? When you are working with a designer it is important that you share their vision. That means meeting before and probably doing a hair trial. The hair must work with the clothes but obviously not take away anything from the fashion statement. So it’s about understanding what you can create in the time allotted and with the models that have been chosen. It’s all about being part of the designer’s team.
How do you make the hair reflect the clothes? Firstly by listening to the designer, understanding the references that they use and then translating the ideas with hair, products and tools, (brushes, curling sticks and straightening irons.)
Did anything go wrong during the A/W 11 shows, any hair catastrophes? No! You obviously have moments of panic, but the key thing is to be prepared and to understand the timings. We do a lot of shows so we are used to keeping cool under pressure.
What are your top tips for Spring Summer hair styles? Sea Salt sprays create a great beachy look on mid to long hair. For holiday and festivals dry shampoo is great – and it also gives fine hair oomph…. Check out the new Catwalk by TIGI Session Series (out at the end of May), the collection has great products for styling summer hair.
What’s the most wearable look from the catwalk this season? Height at the crown – on the catwalk created on longish hair – gaining the height with Catwalk by TIGI Your Highness Root Boost and blow-drying with a round brush. This can be recreated on shorter hair by back-combing, then smoothing the top layers with a bristle brush and spraying with hair-spray. Alternatively, there were lots of knots at the nape and fine plaits, which gives a bit of a hippy-chic 70s feel that is great for summer.