Neville at the Julien Fournie SS15 Paris Haute Couture show
As this show was scheduled just a few days after Neville’s stint at Paris Menswear collections, part of my team, lead once again by my top man, Stephen Low, stayed on in the City of Lights, working and preparing for yet another Haute Couture hair-style challenge.
I’ve actually chosen the word ‘challenge’ very carefully here as working on the couture shows at world’s most prestigious fashion event takes another set of skills and completely different mindset. When you are working for a couturier who is designing a ‘one-off’ creation, the hair-style and its execution is also a bespoke exercise. It requires a great belief on the part of a designer when it comes to choosing the right stylist and also the hair-team capable of following his vision.
It was also the greatest compliment for my team when we became an irreplaceable and very much integral part of the show’s creative process, in addition to working on some stunning, top-fashion editorial. For Julien Fournier’s SS15 Haute Couture collection this is exactly what happened as my team was also part of the Madame Figaro feature as well as the ‘behind-the-scenes’ film a few weeks before the collection was finally unveiled in Paris.
The work with this fiercely talented French couturier also marks our third collaboration that famously started in Singapore in 2013 and continues to grow in every fashion-way-possible . Stay tuned for more updates on the subject as we’ve dreamt up a few delightful surprises that, in my opinion, take our partnership to another level.
As for the Paris show Stephen Low came up with the hair-style that was very much a couture creation for the couture show. Every single piece of hair was sourced, styled and fitted on 20+ models individually and for most of the models it happened when the call time was originally scheduled and that means four hours before the show. Still, there were a few who were double-booked with Stephane Rolland’s team and came to be fitted with our crew less than an hour before the catwalk. These are the moments when you need to have a mature and truly capable team of hair-stylists who not only manage to perform the entire process ten times quicker but also succeed in calming down any potential model-designer-loyalty drama before it even starts.
The hair-look was half wild /half-structured and in-tune with Fournie’s Egyptian references but with a modern twist. There was an inherent history but all the girls looked entirely modern and fresh which seems to be a prerequisite with haute couture collections these days. And that also applies to hair, which my team for this show has accomplished with a seamless perfection.
Until next time,