Matthew Curtis: New York Fashion Week SS15

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Celebrity and runway stylist, Matthew Curtis created the looks for a number of shows at New York Fashion Week SS15, including Francesca Liberatore and celebrity favourite, Falguni & Shane Peacock.

Falguni & Shane Peacock SS15

Hair Inspiration:
Metamorphous meets young and rebellious. We created a soft and delicate style, but had strands of hair stubbornly covering the face, along with a braided Mohawk featuring sewed in studs to complement the contrasting elements in the collection.

Kit Bag Essential: Smoothing serum for the braid and volumising mousse and freeze hold hairspray for texture and body.

Step by Step:

  • Begin by pulling out two front sections of hair from each side of the head. Rub serum into fingertips and style the strands so they hang over the face.
  • Leaving an inch between the front strands of hair, take a thin section in the centre of the head all the way to the nape of the neck.
  • Rub serum into hands for extra control and braid the hair all the way from the front of the head to the back, securing at the nape of the neck with a clear snag band.
  • On either side of the braid, apply volumising mousse to the root, working through in sections,
  • Using a soft bristle brush, brush hair into a ponytail along with the braid and secure at the nape of the neck with an elastic band.
  • Tease the ponytail with a fine tooth comb at the base and spray with freeze hold hairspray to create body
  • Finish the look by adding a hair accessory to the braid. For the show, we sewed a chain of small studs into the braid.

Tip: For a more wearable everyday look, leave out step one so hair does not cover the face.

Francesca Liberatore SS15

Hair Inspiration:
Francesca Liberatore’s spring/summer collection was inspired by birds and Asian culture, so we created looks that followed this theme through. Hair was worn in elegant, feminine, feathered top-knots to complement the fantastical collection.

Kit Bag Essential: A cocktail of body volumising mousse and dry shampoo for texture, and strong hold and shine hairspray for that smooth, shiny, glamorous look.

Step by Step:

  • Begin by applying mousse to the hairline at the front of the head and nape of the neck.
  • Using a hairdryer with a nozzle and a soft bristle brush, dry the mousse, directing the hair at the front of the head away from the hairline and hair at the nape of the neck to the crown. This works best if you tip your head upside down whilst drying the hair and keep brushing through.
  • Using an elastic band, tie hair in a tight ponytail at the crown
  • Smooth the hairlines at the side and back with strong hold shine hairspray for a smooth, shiny feel.
  • Using fingertips, rub the hair at the front to give a softer look.
  • Split the ponytail into two sections and blast with dry Shampoo for added texture and thickness. Tie the sections into a knot to create the beginnings of a bun - repeat this down the ponytail, leaving an inch of hair at the end.
  • Wrap the knots around the base of the ponytail and pin in place with thick dressing pins for extra grip, leaving out an inch of hair at the end.
  • Position the remaining hair as desired for a feathered effect.

Photography: Chip Kennedy,

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