Rainbow Room International Style the Hair at COP26 Fashion Show

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Scotland’s largest salon group, the award-winning Rainbow Room International, were delighted to be asked to be the hair team at Creative Inverclyde at The New York Times Climate Hub’s event Creative Ignition: Art and Fashion, A Spark for Change in participation with the UN Climate Conference COP26.

The event demonstrated up cycling, showcased the work of Serena Baker, the winner of UK Sewing Bee, and gave guests the chance to hear from the leading UK sustainable fashion researcher, Lynn Wilson who was the Keynote Speaker on the night. The event also saw Craig Black perform a live art performance and a fashion show was created by two leading UK businesses in sustainable fashion ACS Clothing and Hirestreet. The stage design featured an outstanding installation by Es Devlin, whereby 190 trees were planted throughout the venue, producing beautiful pine forest like aromas.

Rainbow Room International were invited to style the hair of the models for the fashion shows at the event. Having worked at many of Scotland’s largest events including T In The Park, TRNSMT, The Scottish Style Awards, Radio 1’s Big Weekend, The Scottish BAFTAs and The MOBO’s, it was not unusual for the team to be asked to work at the Creative Ignition event, which had a limit of 150 guest spaces available and was one of the hottest tickets at COP26.

The Rainbow Room International team consisted of Artistic Director at Rainbow Room International and Director of the Uddingston Salon, Suzie McGill, John and Jo Parker, Directors of the Rainbow Room International Great Western Road Salon, Yasmin McMail, Director of Rainbow Room International’s George Square Salon, Diana Carson, Consultant Designer at the Rainbow Room International Uddingston salon, Summer Telford, Art Director at Rainbow Room International’s George Square Salon and Alijah Nerheim, Stylist at Rainbow Room International’s Bearsden Salon.

The looks created at the event by the team all differed in style and included air dried natural afros, hair dressing and slicked back buns with pin curled hairlines. Models were of all ethnicities and had individual looks that worked with their hair type and texture.

Suzie McGill, Artistic Director at Rainbow Room International commented:

It was an honour to be asked to be involved in the Creative Ignition event and style the model’s hair for the fashion shows. Sustainable fashion is of great importance to lower emissions and pollution, and it was great to hear how sustainable fashion and recycling/up cycling clothing can be a force for good. The aim of the event was to be inspiring, engaging, and creative and it was most definitely that. We were thrilled to be able to showcase our hair work and the creative side of our business at such an incredible event.

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