2013 August

T’HAIR STORY! – TOYAH.

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T’HAIR STORY! – TOYAH.


Born Toyah Ann Willcox in May 1958, and hailing from Kings Heath in my home city of Birmingham, Toyah was born with a twisted spine, clawed foot, a clubbed right root, one leg 2 inches shorter than the other, no hip sockets and a lisp. She endured painful operations and physiotherapy as a child to correct all of her disabilities. The only thing that remained unchanged was her lisp. 

She was constantly bullied at school, until her father “taught her to punch the hell out of people” as she put it.  She also suffered from dyslexia, which turned her into an angry teenager, but, she channeled this anger into colouring and experimenting with her hair, and thank goodness because otherwise she wouldn’t have made it into my T’Hair Stories.

She was actually punk before punk. When the punk movement began in the mid 70’s she realised she had a genre that she could now belong to. She went to see the Sex Pistols in concert on recommendation from a friend and thought “I can do better.” The band made her realise she didn’t have to behave in a conventional manner. 

One of Toyah’s biggest hits – Thunder In The Mountains (Live on Top Of The Pops 1981.)

At the age of 17 she became a student at the Old Rep Drama School in Birmingham, where she was already known as ‘the odd ball with dyed hair.’ Of an evening she began to dress stars at various Birmingham theatres. A chance meeting with director and playwright Tony Bicat when she was 18, landed her the leading the role in a BBC play called Glitter, as the lead singer of a band. From this she was offered a part in a play at the National Theatre in London, and at the same time formed her first band named after herself, “Toyah.” 

In 1977 she was introduced to film director Derek Jarman who cast her in the seminal punk movie Jubilee. In her acting career she went on to appear in the cult classic film Quadrophenia and Jarman’s version of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Whilst her acting career was gaining momentum, her music career was simultaneously gaining momentum too. Her band broke up and she went on to become a solo act under the same name of Toyah, her albums and singles became top 10 hits.

Playing the part of ‘Mad’ in Derek Jarman’s cult classic Jubilee.

Her ever changing characters within films and her constantly evolving music, allowed her to experiment even more with her personal image and she became as infamous for her outlandish hair as for her music and acting.

She’s not only been nominated, but also won awards for ‘best female singer’ throughout her music career, and received award nominations for her acting too. In 2001 she was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Central England for her achievements in the performing arts, media and broadcasting. Toyah is currently still making and performing music as well as appearing in films and making TV appearances in the U.K.

In my personal opinion, she should have also won awards for her ever changing hair styles and hair colours too!

I hope you enjoy looking at all the different looks I’ve collected here of this iconic British female artist, musician and presenter. 

To watch a documentary made about Toyah made in 1980, click on the video below! 

THINGS WE LIKE – GAIAM BACK CARE.

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THINGS WE LIKE – GAIAM BACK CARE.

As a hairdresser i’ve often struggled with lower back problems caused by posture. I often see an amazing cranial osteopath in Fulham, London, called Phillip Waldman who works out of the Chelsea Natural Health Clinic, a clinic that Phillip set up himself and boasts an extensive team of practitioners practicing in Osteopathy, Shiatsu, Reflexology amongst various other treatments.  I’ve visited Phillip on and off for over 10 years now.

Not being able to get to see Phillip all the time, I purchased a great balance ball made by the company Gaiam who are a lifestyle brand focusing on fitness especially yoga. the balance ball comes in 3 sizes depending on your height.  I also purchased one of their balance ball chairs which helps to strengthen the core and improve spinal alignment whilst sitting either at a desk or at home . The ball offers ergonomic back support by reducing spinal nerve compression. I’m sat on it right now, whilst writing this.  You can also take the balance ball out of the chair and use it as an exercise ball so double whammy!!

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Gaiam has grown into producing various products including instructional videos, yoga mats, green cleaning products and tankless water heaters, plus in 2011 they launched Gaiam TV where they stream over 5000 videos and documentaries dedicated to yoga, fitness, personal growth and spirituality.  

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They recently launched their UK based website so instead of having to get stuff sent over from the US you can now order it here and have it sent directly to your home.  So i ordered another balance ball to travel with, as you can inflate and deflate them when you need to so it fits into a travel bag without taking up loads of space.

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To purchase Gaiam products on the links below!

For UK: www.gaiam.co.uk

For US: www.gaiam.com

To visit Phillip Waldman at the Chelsea Natural Health Clinic in London click on HERE to visit their website or HERE to make a direct appointment with Phillip himself.

MOODIE’S STREET HAIR ELITE- LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, I GIVE YOU, “RED”!!

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MOODIE’S STREET HAIR ELITE- LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, I GIVE YOU, “RED”!! 

For most of 2011 Singer Rihanna was sporting Poppy Red Hair- Even for the cover of her album of that year,  ”Loud”

Renowned for constantly changing her image she was spotted in June with her hair more of light Auburn red  ( strawberry blonde)  at an Azzedine Alaia party in Paris.

However, here in the UK, we don’t like to be led by the likes of Rihanna or anyone else for that matter and the Poppy Red is a as popular now as it was when people decided to copy Rihanna, and before then also Its not only popular with the girls, but with the boys too.

Here’s some people I’ve spotted in and around London recently, including one of my lovely show assistants, Catherine.  The school kid in St Georges Square is a boy by the way….. Our schools are so radical  in the UK …..HAHA

GET YOUR RED ON PEOPLE !!!!

TODAY’S Q&A IS THE GORGEOUS FREJA BEHA ERICHSEN

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TODAY’S Q&A IS THE GORGEOUS FREJA BEHA ERICHSEN

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Hailing from Denmark, Freja began modelling full time in 2005, where her first catwalk appearances that season were Prada, Louis Vuitton and Miu Miu. 

She has since graced the cover of every Vogue magazine on numerous occasions and has appeared in campaigns for Jil sander, Balenciaga, Gucci, CK, Chanel, Chloe, H&M, Valentino, Hermes and Isabel Marant, and so the list goes on.  Her strong androgynous looks have pretty much epitomised the 2000’s but she is not just a beautiful woman but also a strong, intelligent sensitive soul too.

Freja took some time off to re-group and to take a step back from the fashion whirlwind she’s been caught in for the last 8 years. She recently returned to modelling again, but with a slightly different head on her shoulders. She’s planning on modelling less so she can pursue other things simultaneously, one of them being her work with the charity Medecins Sans Frontieres or MSF ( Doctors Without Borders)

As you may have seen, the August issue of British Vogue stars the beautiful Freja Beha Erichsen on the cover, shot by the one and only Patrick Demarchelier. ( I did the hair!) I took the opportunity, after the  shoot, to ask Freja if she would do my Q&A for me, as i was very interested in her work with the charity and what she’s been up to lately. She very kindly agreed.

I recently wrote an article for TWO magazine about Freja, and the amazing MSF charity which included exerts from this Q&A. Well here it is now,  in its entirety.

Take it away Freja ( pronounced “Fry-a” in Danish,  by the way )  

HOW DID YOU END UP BECOMING A MODEL?

I was approached on the street in Copenhagen when I was around 15 and a couple years later I began working full time.

WHERE DO YOU LIVE?

I live in Brooklyn, NY

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

I would like there to be more wild nature in little patches around the city. 

I often miss being in nature, walking through fields and forests, but then I go to Denmark and disappear in the middle of nowhere in my mothers summer house and garden and go for long walks.

HAVING BEEN HUGELY SUCCESSFUL AS A MODEL, YOU APPEARED RECENTLY TO HAVE TAKEN A SHORT SABBATICAL AND HAVE BECOME INVOLVED WITH THE CHARITY, MEDECINS SANS FRONTIERES (DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS OR MSF) , CAN YOU TELL ME MORE ABOUT THE CHARITY, HOW YOU FIRST BECAME AWARE IT AND EVENTUALLY BECAME INVOLVED? 

I’ve known about MSF for years and made little contributions for years as I much admire the work they do and the effort of the many volunteers that carry the organization. I tried to do a few different projects for them in order to raise awareness as well as funds. It’s lovely to be able to come up with projects like this that seem worthwhile.

YOU OFFERED PEOPLE IN THE FASHION INDUSTRY TO GET INVOLVED IN THE CHARITY WITH YOU, HOW DID YOU DO THAT EXACTLY AND WAS IT EASY TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN? 

I suggested some fellow models as well as make-up artists and hairstylists to give away a days salary during the shows in Paris. It felt like a bit of a grass-root approach and an easy way of getting people involved. I don’t know that it was the most effective way to raise funds, but it was an idea tried, and I think it’s always worth a try.

YOU HAVE RECENTLY RETURNED TO MODELLING BUT ARE CHOOSING TO WORK LESS. IS THIS BECAUSE OF THE CHARITY AND THE NEW JEANS LINE YOU’RE WORKING ON? 

I have spent time on the charity and on co-designing a little capsule collection with the designers at Mother Jeans, it’s been a treat and has really hardly felt like work.

I think the decision to work less came a couple years ago along with a desire to explore other things and breathe a bit after having worked and travelled pretty much non-stop for years. It’s been lovely to spend more time with my close friends and family and un-wind a bit and of course to have time to do projects like this one with Mother Jeans for MSF.

WHAT ARE YOU INTO RIGHT NOW ( MUSIC, FASHION , ART,  FOOD)
I’m listening a lot to Vincent Gallo’s album “when” and the Volcanic Choir as well as Atoms For Peace at the moment.

MUSIC WERE YOU INTO GROWING UP AND  ARE YOU STILL INTO IT NOW?

I came across PJ Harvey’s album “Rid of Me” when I was around 11 or 12 and it completely blew me away. I had never heard anything like it before. In some ways there are some very crude almost ugly aspects to the album that I had never heard come from a woman before, nor do I think I have since. It seemed quite bold and empowering and I still get the same sensation when I listen to it.

IF YOU WERE PUT ON A DESERT ISLAND AND COULD CHOOSE 10 SONGS TO HAVE ON AN IPOD WHAT WOULD THEY BE?(AND EXPLAIN – IF YOU WANT TO- WHY YOU CHOSE THEM )

Wow that seems almost an impossible task! Thank god I’m normally allowed to take 12 iPods!

 

Hendrix – Little Wing (live at the Royal Albert Hall in the beautiful year of ‘69)

PJ Harvey – Beautiful Feeling (the peel sessions 1991-2004)

The Smiths – Stretch Out and Wait

Björk – Sacrifice

Led Zeppelin – Since I’ve Been Loving You

The Beatles – I Want You (she’s so heavy)

Radiohead – Jigsaw

David Bowie – Lets Dance

PJ Harvey – Silence

LCD Soundsystem – Home

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

I’d like to try a few months in northern France and a few months in  southern England. I love the countryside and it would be a nice break from NYC.

WHO MAKES YOU LAUGH?

My dear friends and beloved family.

 

WHERE ARE YOU GOING TO NEXT?

Scotland for a solitary hike.

I’D LIKE TO THANK FREJA FOR TAKING TIME OUT OF HER BUSY SCHEDULE TO ANSWER MY QUESTIONS FOR ME.

TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT MSF OR TO MAKE A DONATION TO THIS AMAZING CHARITY, CLICK ON EITHER OF THEIR WEBSITE LINKS BELOW: 

MSF  DWB

FREJAS  COLLABORATION WITH MOTHER JEANS WILL BE AVAILABLE NEXT MONTH- CLICK ON THEIR WEBSITE BELOW

MOTHER

You can also follow Mother Denim’s Twitter which will announce the  launch date for the Freja collection. Click on the link below

Mother Twitter

 

 

Fashion stylist @KarlPlewka discovers new Spanish Model

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Fashion stylist @KarlPlewka discovers new Spanish Model whilst on our holiday in Spain with hairstylist #earlsimms #nightout #topmodel #modeldiscovery #model #spanishmodel #longlegs #catalonia #

MY STORY SO FAR ( AND THE HAIRCUTS)

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MY STORY SO FAR ( AND THE HAIRCUTS) 

So in the previous posting for My Story So Far…blah blah ……..I posed the question, Bandana or Bob?

it appears that me wearing a bandana was the more popular choice according to Facebook and Instagram responses. My hair had only just reached the bottom of my ears back then.

In this picture I’m now 22 and I remember sporting the bandana regularly until my hair had reached a good length. Well, by the time this picture was taken it had. My long curly bob was in full effect!! With a striped t-shirt to boot. I thought I was the dogs b*******.

Here’s Two hair/fashion/music facts from that time,

1989: Male model of the moment Cameron Alborzian was sporting hair exactly the same length as myself- see him in the Madonna Video below for her hit Express Yourself from that year, as was one of the members of the band Tears for Fears, Roland Orzabal. ( see OTHER VIDEO below) His hair had gone from short to a curly bob, which appeared on the cover of their ” The Seeds Of Love” Album and in the title track of their Number 1 hit  single” The Seeds Of Love” .  He had grown his hair too and it was very similar to mine texture wise – I think we were all what is now known as “On Trend”

I’d like to point out here that I would often get told I looked more like the guy from Tears for fears than the ridiculously handsome male model Cameron, sadly!!!

MADONNA – EXPRESS YOURSELF STARRING MALE MODEL CAMERON ALBORZIAN

Sowing The Seeds Of Love By Tears For Fears. from OreOne on Vimeo.

NO 1 HIT, “”THE SEEDS OF LOVE” VIDEO-TEARS FOR VIDEO

 

Look out for the next instalment of My Story So Far ( and the haircuts) next month.

ON ALL FOURS- BUSTER GOES 70’S FASHION PHOTOGRAPHER!

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ON ALL FOURS- BUSTER GOES 70’S FASHION PHOTOGRAPHER!

Buster’s always been a fan of the 70’s and after I found all this old camera stuff on ebay, I caught him in the spare room having a full on Robert Mapplethorpe, Kodak moment!!  

JUST SAY CHEESE ( OR SEX!! – ANOTHER GOOD WORD THAT GETS EVERYONE SMILING FOR A PICTURE! ) 

MY EDITORIAL ARCHIVE Today’s editorial archive is from the May 1998 Issue of W Magazine.

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MY EDITORIAL ARCHIVE

Today’s editorial archive is from the May 1998 Issue of W Magazine.

As I was looking for another shoot to post from my archive I came across this and remembered how much I loved it. I have to say it’s been the bane of my life posting this because it was very hard to find all the pics. I had some of them but not others and I also didn’t have a back issue, so I had to search online and eventually found one, on good old E-bay.

This gorgeous shoot stars the beautiful, vivacious French model (now actress) Audrey Marnay. To say Audrey was the Kate Moss of France may seem like a put down but its not meant to sound like that. She appeared on the modelling scene in 1995 and everybody said she looked like Kate. She kind of did, but to be honest there was something very French about Audrey’s face that made her unique. She had the wide apart eyes and high cheekbones of Kate and height wise they were about the same, but her little petite mouth made her look more French. This comparison only did Audrey favours as her career blossomed, eventually leading to her and Kate actually appearing together in Calvin Klein ads in 1998, looking like sisters.

This particular shoot here was created in Jamaica, and I believe the idea had come from the 1984 film Splash starring Daryl Hannah.

Audrey was the perfect girl for this. Never afraid to try things out, she was the pure adventure girl and i must admit I’m not surprised she has become an actress. She’s totally charismatic and as a model would take on any role you asked her to. I worked with her on numerous occasions and loved her “go for it” spirit. I distinctly remember her trying to swim in the sea with the mermaid tail attached as she was convinced she could help Carter get an underwater shot of her in the water swimming. Unfortunately the tail was to heavy to swim in but she sure as hell tried.

I also had become obsessed at the time with beads in hair, having found a funny hair picture in a dodgy British hair magazine that I weirdly liked. I didn’t want to just do the obvious wet hair thing for this shoot, so i persuaded Carter and Joe ( the Photographer and Fashion editor ) to let me put beads in Audrey’s hair.

It worked and its the only time I’ve ever used them for a shoot as it seemed the only time it was appropriate.

Note To Self and Others: “If you have an idea for a picture, try to find a place to do it at least once- it may work”

CREDITS

Photographer: Carter Smith

W Fashion Editor: Joe Zee

Model: Audrey Marnay

Makeup: Virginia Young

W Issue:  May 1998

THINGS WE LIKE – MUSIC VIDEO

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THINGS WE LIKE – MUSIC VIDEO

Toady I’m posting a rare gem of a track by soul funk singer Curtis Hairston – I Want Your Lovin’ The track was released in 1985, and I must admit for a long time I thought it was a woman singing.

This went to No.13 in the UK singles chart in 1985 and in 1986 he became a member of the band B.B & Q who had a No.1 dance chart hit in the UK and US with a track called Dreamer.

Sadly Curtis died at the age of 34 in 1996 from kidney failure caused by severe diabetes, but his classic soul funk music lives on.  ENJOY!!

I also love that his last name is HAIRston.  GET IT??