2012 September

Me backstage at a show working on Karlie’s hair

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Me backstage at a show working on Karlie’s hair

KARLIE, KARLIE, KARLIE !!!!!!

I feel lucky and proud today to say that my Q&A today is with the divine Karlie Kloss, one of the new breed of supermodels, who i had the pleasure of first meeting on a Top Shop campaign shot by Emma Summerton in her earlier days of modelling back in 2008. 

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Top Shop Campaign Image shot by Emma Summerton

Karlie was accompanied at the time of shooting Top Shop by her adorable Grandmother who rightly chaperoned her everywhere as a young teenage model. It was even apparent then that Karlie was a girl with her head completely on her shoulders. On talking to her on the shoot she was super sweet, polite, and bright and I warmed to her immediately. I’ve since worked with Karlie on numerous occasions for Vogue, advertising campaigns and at shows, and the most wonderful thing about her is that she is exactly the same super sweet, polite and bright girl I met 4 years ago, just more mature. On seeing Karlie’s name on a call sheet I know it’s always going to make for a great day!! 

Last December at the age of 19 Karlie appeared on the cover and inside for Italian Vogue shot by the amazing Steven Meisel in a shoot called Body By Kloss. These were Karlie’s coming of age pictures. She appeared (extremely tastefully may I add) nude, showing off her sculpted body from years of being a ballet dancer.

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Karlie’s now infamous Italian Vogue cover shot by fashion Photography Genius Steven Meisel

So,  a little background on Karlie’s rise:     

Born in Chicago in 1992, then moved with her family to St.Louis, Missouri in 1995 where she was classically trained in Ballet which has definitely given her her grace on the catwalk ( and now shoots too!)  

Karlie was discovered at the age of 13 at a charity fashion show in St.Louis and has since been ranked as 2nd on the Top 50 Models Women  list by Models.com and as one of the top 30 models of the 2000’s by Vogue Paris. 

Represented by Next Models in London, New York, Paris and Milan,  Karlie right now is in the middle of show season. We’ve already seen her on the catwalk for shows such as Ralph Lauren, Oscar de la Renta, Jason Wu, Donna Karan and Anna Sui in New York, Lanvin, and new Paris based Belgian designer Anthony Vaccarello in Paris so far ( Paris fashion week is still going on as you read this).

Ladies and Gentlemen I give you a small little peak into the delectable, de-lovely Karlie Kloss’s life: 

WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE GROWING UP?

A peadiatrician or a kindergarten teacher.

HOW DID YOU END UP DOING WHAT YOU’RE DOING NOW?

I have no idea how I got to where I am today? A Lot of support from my family and friends and a WHOLE lot of LUCK!

WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE IF YOU WEREN’T YOU? 

Princess Catherine (btw is prince Harry single? Haha 😉

WHERE DO YOU LIVE? 

Tribeca, NYC, NY, USA.

IF YOU COULD CHANGE ONE THING IN YOUR CITY WHAT WOULD IT BE?

I would change the amount of waste in this city-we are fortunate to live a lifestyle of abundance, we have more than we need sometimes and I think we are not conscience enough of how much we waste (food, clean water, etc.)

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Karlie for British Vogue, shot by the wonderful Paul Wetherell (I worked on the hair)

WHAT ARE YOU INTO RIGHT NOW? ( MUSIC, FASHION , ART,  FOOD)

All of the above! But I have a passion for food, and especially sweets! I love to bake cookies, cakes,  candies you name it-I’ll find a recipe and make it!

IF YOU COULD LIVE ANYWHERE BESIDES WHERE YOU ARE, WHERE WOULD IT BE? 

I would live on a sail boat down in Key West…I’ll make it there someday!

WHAT MUSIC WERE YOU INTO GROWING UP- ARE YOU STILL INTO IT NOW?

Growing up in St.louis Missouri, I always listened to classic southern rock. But since being in NYC on so many different photoshoots my music taste has greatly expanded and I’ve developed an appreciation for everything from hip hop/rap to 70s disco classics!

WHO’S YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGNER THAT YOU WOULD WEAR?

Haha that’s a tough question, I am lucky enough to work with so many great designers-it’s hard to choose just one! But my closet is filled with a little bit of everything and everyone! From Marc Jacobs ready to wear to Juicy Couture to Dior Couture! A little bit of everything! 🙂

WHERE ARE YOU GOING TO NEXT? 

I’m always on the go! Always traveling for work and for fun, I just got back from Rio De Janeiro yesterday, i was in LA before that, and London before that! So I am very happy to have a few days off here in NYC and not go ANYwhere!

NB: This Q&A was done before the shows started 

A HUGE Thanks to Karlie for kindly answering these questions for me. MWAH !!!!!!

Follow Karlie on twitter here: @karliekloss

THINGS WE LIKE: FASHION WEEK SPECIAL- HAIR EXTENSIONS, PART TWO

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THINGS WE LIKE: FASHION WEEK SPECIAL- HAIR EXTENSIONS, PART TWO 

This week I’m posting information on 2 companies I use, that for me are the best hair extension companies in the UK. I’m constantly being asked where to get good extensions from that are also ethically sourced. As I have equal respect for both companies, I thought it only fair to post their info seperately as they deserve their own space. Why do I use two companies you may ask? Well,  they both provide similar products but they also provide totally different products too, so I use them for different supplies.  So here is the second of my recommendations. The first I posted a couple of days ago.  

I think on par as the best quality human hair extensions in the U.K is American Dream.

Another company I’ve been using for a few years and am happy to say, I’ve always got in my kit!

Established since 1980, AMERICAN DREAM is world renowned for creative innovation,  choice and high quality. They’ve been at the forefront of the industry, continuously pioneering new application systems, investing in the development of safer, faster and better technologies, that have undoubtedly shaped the extensions market and earned them the reputation for being top experts in Hair Extensions.

AMERICAN DREAM works with organisations that meet the ethical policy standards.

This Ethical Policy serves as a guideline for all business practices. Decisions on whether an organisation meets the ethical standards are taken on an individual basis, with consideration given to information from recognised sources and input from their current clients.

See the full range here: americandreamextensions.com

EDITORIAL ARCHIVE PARIS FASHION WEEK SPECIAL- FRENCH VOGUE

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EDITORIAL ARCHIVE PARIS FASHION WEEK SPECIAL- FRENCH VOGUE

To celebrate Paris fashion week my editorial archive post is one of my favourite shoots i worked on for French Vogue in 2002, shot by the legendary Corinne Day. The stylist was the lovely Anastasia Barbierri, make-up was by the talented Romy Souleimani, hair by me, and the model was the stunning, and at the time up and coming model Liya Kebede, who is now considered one of the modern day supermodels  

The setting was the beautiful Central American country of Guatemala. None of the team had been there before so it was a real adventure for all of us.

In typical Corinne fashion she wanted to shoot in the “real” areas of Guatemala, where the locals hang out, not in the tourist parts. We visited and shot in The Candelaria caves which is the name of a large natural cave system in the municipalities of Chisec and Raxruha stretching approx 80km. We also shot outside a traditional Mayan temple where the use of colour and fire influences modern Mayan practices. Housing and clothing are brightly coloured to symbolise life and energy of the Guatamalan people, and fires are lit outside where burnt sacrifices are offered as gifts to god. The people also line up to get beaten with leaves which we never found out exactly what it was for but it’s some form of healing.

Last but not least we shot at the side of the active volcano Pacaya. We were fortunate enough to be taken in a helicopter and flown over the opening of the top of the volcano. I originally didn’t want to go because of my fear of helicopters but Corinne persuaded me to go after mentioning that I may never get the chance to fly over an active volcano again.

So the result was these documentary type shots of the beautiful Liya, in and around rural Guatemala. Most people straighten Liya’s hair out and make her look more caucasian but I chose to keep her hair in its more natural state of beautiful tight ringlets.

I hope you enjoy these images that are a fond memory for me of a beautiful, interesting and informative trip.

THINGS WE LIKE: FASHION WEEK SPECIAL. – HAIR EXTENSIONS PART ONE

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THINGS WE LIKE: FASHION WEEK SPECIAL. – HAIR EXTENSIONS PART ONE

This week I’m posting information on two companies I use, that for me are the best hair extension companies in the UK. I’m constantly being asked where to get good extensions from that are also ethically sourced. As I have equal respect for both companies, I thought it only fair to post their info seperately as they deserve their own space. Why do I use two companies you may ask? Well, they both provide similar products but they also provide totally different products too, so I use them for different supplies.   So here is the first of my recommendations. The second will come later in the week!  

A lot of hair extensions gets used backstage and on shoots, whether it be to add length, increase thickness or otherwise. So I need to make sure the hair being used by myself and my team is of the best quality.

Hairaisers is most definitely one of the best companies in the U.K for human hair extensions. The hair quality is always exceptionally high, and their colour choice is wide, that’s why I’ve been using them for years!

The company is over 40 years old and one of the most established hair extensions and wig companies in London. Ethically sourced they carefully select hair which comes from a temple town in Southern India.

Tonsuring, the ancient ritual of cutting of the hair is a symbol of obedience and sacrifice. Regardless of class, race, status or nationality Hindus come from all over the world to offer their precious hair as a gift. The hair is pure, strong and durable ensuring it is of the highest quality, hair untouched by chemicals or external damage – this is the hair, glossy and healthy, that Hairaisers use to create their extensive portfolio of products. The money that the temple receives from selling on the offered hair is invested back into the local communities, providing fresh drinking water and a better way of living.

Have a look at their extensive collection here: hairaisers.com

Only a few days ago Sam Bryant and I were trying to rack our brains as to when we first met….

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Only a few days ago Sam Bryant and I were trying to rack our brains as to when we first met…. We both realised that it was on a shoot over 10 years ago with a stylist friend of ours who was not necessarily having the best of times with their life nor with their assistants at the time and their madness on the shoot ended up overshadowing the whole day really, hence why we probably couldn’t remember ( or we’d just chosen to block the whole day out….. as it was pure mayhem). 

Anyway, luckily for me and hopefully for Sam we became friends from that day forward and I asked Sam if she would do the make-up for a hair story I was about to shoot for 10 magazine with Corinne Day. She obliged, came to my newly bought home with bare plastered walls where we shot and we hung out for the day! 

I’ve since done numerous shoots and shows with Sam, and we’ve been on trips together where we discovered our mutual love for Fleetwood Mac and Yazoo!! ( great driving music ) 

Anyhow, let me tell you a bit more about Sam Bryant……….

Sam is for me, a real life creative country bumpkin. With one half of her hippy heart stuck in farmland ( She lives in Cheddar Gorge, on a farm with her adorable husband Jack ( who is in the band Reef) and their delightful 2 children, she still has her charming Somerset accent.  The other half of her heart lies in fashion in London and wherever else it takes her.  She is the make-up artist who has created 99% of the make-up for the genius pictures of photographer Tim Walker for many years now, amongst other people, when she gets the time. 

Sam is an inspring woman who proves you can have a family and live a completely different life outside the fashion industry if you so choose, but still have a successful career….. Way to go Sam!!!!!!!! 

Have a read of her charming answers for the Q&A ! 

WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE GROWING UP?

The Avon lady. Can you remember her Neil? She’d be one of your neighbours or your Auntie Gwen and would come around flogging Avon cosmetics with her catalogue and a bag of little testers. God I loved those little testers.

HOW DID YOU END UP DOING WHAT YOU’RE DOING NOW?

I think my answer above pretty much answers this one. Have always love messing around with make up.

WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE IF YOU WEREN’T YOU?

Richard Branson. He has pots of money and always looks as though he is having a bloody good laugh. I’m also partial to a beard.

WHERE DO YOU LIVE?

In Cheddar Gorge, my lovely.

IF YOU COULD CHANGE ONE THING IN YOUR CITY WHAT WOULD IT BE?

No, I can’t think of anything off the top of my head.

WHAT ARE YOU INTO RIGHT NOW? ( MUSIC, FASHION , ART,  FOOD)

Oh Neil, if I say the right things will you let me be in your gang?

IF YOU COULD LIVE ANYWHERE BESIDES WHERE YOU ARE, WHERE WOULD IT BE?

Somewhere by the sea would be nice.

WHAT MUSIC WERE YOU INTO GROWING UP- ARE YOU STILL INTO IT NOW?

Oh my god, I loved erasure! I had a massive crush on Andy Bell, Tutu and all!! Vince Clark is so clever i loved Yazoo as well.

The Waterboys album Fishermans Blues is a record that I played so much and it makes me feel very nostalgic when I hear it. That was one of those ‘coming of age’ albums.

WHO’S YOUR FAVORITE DESIGNER THAT YOU WOULD WEAR?

What’s a clever career move Neil? Who shall I say!!

WHERE ARE YOU GOING TO NEXT?

Back home to Cheddar and then off to the beach for the weekend. Supposed to be gorgeous weather. What are you doing?

Thanks Sam…….. to see Sams wonderful make-up work click here to go to her agents website Sam Bryant Make-up

MOODIE NEWS: NEW EDITORIAL

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MOODIE NEWS: NEW EDITORIAL

Here’s a few images and the cover from the October issue of Numero Tokyo with Alexa Chung that I worked on.

Shot by Angelo Pennetta at various locations around London.

THINGS WE LIKE FASHION WEEK SPECIAL!

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THINGS WE LIKE FASHION WEEK SPECIAL!

Today I’ll be showing you my ‘absolute musts’ in my kit when I’m working on the shows!

DOES IT ALL – A light-weight styling spray. I use Does It All a lot before using the WAM marcel and revolving irons, or digital straightening irons backstage or on a shoot to give a workable hold and to protect the hair against heat.

Spray De Mode – My favourite of all the Bumble & Bumble sprays. This is great to give the hair a brushable hold without flaking. Great also as a finishing spray.

Hairdressers Invisible Oil – The newest addition to the Bumble range, tames flyaways and adds a great shine. Protects against heat styling and detangles hair brilliantly.

Prep & Tonic – Every show backstage starts with the smell of Prep & Tonic in the air! Used to dampen the hair down and prepare it for any Bumble product to be layered over the top. Prep for hair that feels soft already, Tonic for hair that needs a bit of softening.

Styling Creme – Medium hold. Makes the hair feel matt without any stickiness. This is great to use before working hair into a structured shape, and excellent to use to define curls without giving any shine or oiliness.

Thickening Hairspray – Another favourite of mine, great to use in long hair before blowdrying, also good to layer over Styling Creme for an even stronger hold.

Brilliantine –  A finishing product, great for creating separation and showing definition.

BB Shine – This is a great finishing product, mist the hair lightly for a healthy natural shine, or layer more to create a slick ultra shine!

 

 

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FAVOURITE BACKSTAGE BRUSHES.

Left to right:

Aveda Paddle Brush: Great for brushing out and detangling long thick hair.

Denman Vent Brush: This brush is great for smoothing hair through without pulling out a wave or losing volume.

Y.S Park Flat Brush: For the best possible blow dried bob!

Y.S Park Small Round Brush: Perfect for getting stubborn tight curls completely straight.

Bumble & Bumble Round Bristle Brush: For volume, loose curls or waves and lots of movement in a blowdry!

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Bumble & Bumble Flat Bristle Brush: An absolute must in my kit on any occasion, for blowdrying straight, with movement, for brushing hair through, for smoothing hair out, an endless list!

Bumble & Bumble Toothbrush Brush: With a light coat of Bumble and Bumble Spray De Mode, this’ll smooth out any fly aways and frizzees …

 

EDITORIAL ARCHIVE MILAN FASHION WEEK SPECIAL

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EDITORIAL ARCHIVE MILAN FASHION WEEK SPECIAL

Photographs Corinne Day for Italian Vogue with model Carol Sippel, Styling Cathy Kasterine, Make-up Sam Bryant.

With the start of Milan fashion week I’m celebrating with one of my favourite shoots I worked on for Italian Vogue.

So the original idea for this shoot was a 60’s Twiggy inspired idea. The model Carol Sippel arrived with below shoulder length hair and i’d prepared some wigs for the shoot a few days before. The wigs were Twiggy-esque but when we put them on Carol, for some reason they just didn’t suit her in the style of Twiggy. So Corinne and I discussed that we needed to make it look much more modern, so I proceeded to chop the wig shorter and shorter so she basically became a punkish Twiggy. Suddenly Carol came alive and looked amazing and I remember when the shoot was published, Carol’s agents were getting phone calls asking if she’d cut her hair off……. If only she had!!

Anyway, these still remain some of my favourite pictures of Carol who I worked with on other occasions. It was like we’d brought Twiggy from the 60’s and threw her right into the noughties…….