Get the look, straight off the LFW catwalks
Here at The Upcoming we know what it’s like to get a serious case of envy post-London Fashion Week, just how do the models have such perfect hair?! Luckily for you, our readers, we were fortunate enough to interview European Creative Director Carl Reeves, of Australian hair gods KEVIN. MURPHY, fresh off the plane from Milan where he and his teamed worked on the Versace and Versus shows at MFW!
In keeping with our extensive LFW coverage, we spoke with Carl about the work he and his brilliant hair team did backstage at the Christian Blanken S/S 13 show here in London (click here to read the report), at which we were present, to bring you a step-by-step guide to mastering the catwalk creations yourself:
Starting at 10am our team rocked up to London Fashion Week for the Christian Blanken show. The day before the show was the hair trail where we were going down the Elvis, Billy Fury, David Bowie angle but after a few looks we went for the more expensive seamless style. The hair for the day was a smooth liquid shape with little Japanese parcels in the back. Christian’s clothes are super structured with shiny leather jackets to beautiful floating dresses so we needed to keep that feel across the collection. Without the brilliance of the KEVIN.MURPHY range, we would have been able to pull it off. Texture master was the star highlight of this look!
The look: Sleek and smooth squared-off up-dos with Japanese parcels at the back. Dual texture; sleek sides with dry texture on top.
Get the look: Body.Builder mousse was blow-dried into straight hair to add texture and guts, with more added to dry hair and brushed through thoroughly.
Hair was then sectioned in two, with the lower section secured in a low ponytail at the nape of the neck and sides sleeked back. The ponytail was secured with elastic, with lengths left long rather than being trimmed down.
The top section was prepped with Texture.Master to add a dry, matte feel, then backcombed in sections to add a more gritty texture.
This top section was then folder over the top, with a squared-off quiff shape formed and shaped to size by hand.
The lengths of the top section were then tied into a ponytail with the remaining elastic from the first ponytail.
The entire ponytail was then folded in on itself in stages, using grips to create the bends for a slightly squared-off, angular feel.
Key products: Kevin.Murphy Body.Builder, Session.Spray, Texture.Master
So there you have it, a fresh-off-the-catwalk look that you too can rock with this how-to guide.
Carl Reeves is European Creative Director for KEVIN.MURPHY.
Visit the KEVIN.MURPHY website here.
Ian Michael Turner
Photos: Daniel Ellyot