2013 October

San Fran mullet day

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In San Fran we’re doing Mullet Day! No Halloween here!!!! Starring @elliotstudio

It’s with some sadness that I write this

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It’s with some sadness that I write this post today. Fashion photographer Deborah Turbeville sadly died aged 81 on October 24th 2013, from lung cancer leaving a huge legacy of incredible work behind her that will remain as mysterious as the woman who created them.

Born in Massachusetts and raised in New England, she moved to New York City to work for designer Claire McCardell. After working so closely with clothes, Deborah then went on to become fashion editor at Harper’s Bazaar, it was not too long after this that she realised her heart was in photography. After taking photos for a little while, it was the renowned photographer Richard Avedon who saw her work and supported her in taking photography seriously,  making it her full time interest.

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In her photography she was the antithesis of Helmut Newton, who had emerged at a similar time, with her different approach to photography, favouring haunting locations with overexposed, deliberately scratched negatives.

She shot for American, British,  French and Italian Vogue regularly, as well as shooting campaigns for Valentino, Ungaro, Commes Des Garcon , Chanel and Sonia Rykiel,  with one of her most famous shoots being a swimwear story shot in a New York bath house in 1975 for American Vogue, which really put her on the fashion map.

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She produced numerous books of her work of which some are available to buy on Amazon and from various good booksellers.

I’ve taken inspiration and ideas from this amazing photographer’s work, and I’m sure myself and many others will continue to do so for many years to come.

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Deborah Turbeville 6th July 1932 – 24th October 2013

Moodies street hair

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MOODIE’S STREET HAIR ELITE. 


As you know I have a blog post called Men’s Hair Dont’s! But todays Moodie’s Street Hair Elite is Men’s Hair Do’s !!

I’ve recently spotted a few men on the streets of London with great, interesting hair-do’s. I get bored of mens hair,  so it’s refreshing to see some hair on the street that is cool. It all involves them having long hair, one way or another but in various shapes and even cuts.

Enjoy the pics of these cool guys that i took at Heathrow airport, in Selfridges, at Cafe Nero, the London Underground and in an art shop in Covent Garden !!

 

Happy Monday everyone

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HAPPY MONDAY EVERYONE!!

Its that day again – yes, bloody Monday!! But don’t fear ‘cause Moods Comedy Monday is here to cheer you right up.

And today its about to get gory, and funny at the same time. Remember the cult film The Exorcist? Well here’s my favourite comediennes doing their take on it.

Get ready to hide behind your sofas for fear of laughing too much !!

French & Saunders – Exorcist Spoof 

Q&A with Laurent Phillipon

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Q&A- LAURENT PHILLIPON

TODAY’S Q&A IS WITH THE FRENCH HAIR GENIUS LAURENT PHILLIPON TO CELEBRATE THE LAUNCH OF HIS NEW BOOK TODAY, TITLED “HAIR: FASHION AND FANTASY” 

Laurent is super talented, and I’ve had first hand pleasure of watching him work up close, doing his magic with hair, when we worked  simultaneously on a seminar together for Bumble and Bumble in London, about 3 years ago.

I’m a huge fan of his work and of him as a person. He’s super sweet and has a great sense of humour to boot.

Laurent trained with the great Louis Alexandre Raimon, better known as Alexandre De Paris. Alexandre began hairdressing in 1938 at the age of 16 and became the head apprentice to his mentor Antoine De Paris, at a salon in Cannes.

Alexandre became famous in 1946 for doing the hair of Yvette Labrousse, for her marriage to the Aga Khan III. He opened his first Paris based salon in 1957 where his clientele grew into a who’s who list, which included Princess of Monaco, Duchess of Windsor, Audrey Hepburn, Liza Minelli and Sophia Loren. In 1963 he created Elizabeth Taylor’s hairdo for the film Cleopatra, and in 1964 he created all of Tippi Hedren’s styles for the Hitchcock film, Marnie.

He worked for over 40 years on many of the big couture shows in Paris, and in 1989, a teenager by the name of Laurent Phillipon walked into Monsieur Alexandre’s salon asking for a job. Laurent had the privilege of becoming Monsieur Alexandre’s assistant where he learnt the amazing hairdressing skills he has today.Laurent tell’s you a lot about his career in his answers so I won’t spoil it by telling you more right now, but I will tell you about his new book that he first informed me he was working on in November of last year. 

This fascinating book features chosen moments of the history of hairstyles. Not just created by Laurent himself but by his peers too! 

It is very visual, illustrated with images from Richard Avedon , Mikael Jansson, William Eggleston, Nan Goldin, Robert Capa, Martin Parr, Miles Aldridge, Solve Sunsbo, Peter Lindberg, Patrick Demarchelier, George Hoyningen Huene, JB Mondino, Piere et Gilles, David Lachapelle, Herb Ritts, Hedi Slimane , Mario Sorrenti, Mario Testino, Jean Paul Goude, Deborah Turberville, Jean Loup Sieff, Robert Mapplethorpe and Corinne Day.
French historian, Stephanie Laithier from La Sorbonne has written the history articles and Kathy Philipps, Beauty Director of Conde Nast Asia has written beauty notes as well as there being interviews with Daphné Guinness, Yoko Ono, Vidal Sassoon ( one of his last before he died) , Verushka and Dita Dita Von Teese.
This high quality illustrated book is published by Thames and Hudson and is now available to pre-order at the links shown below after the Q&A! 
So without any further ado I give you the marvellously talented Laurent Phillipon! 
 

WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE GROWING UP?

A pilot. Funny, I probably fly more than if I had been one ( I am actually on a plane as I am writing this! )

HOW DID YOU BEGIN HAIRDRESSING?

My dad was a barber so I grew up in a salon. I hated it though, until I tried doing my girlfriends hair – that’s when I knew I could be a hairdresser. Still today I don’t really enjoy doing men’s hair

ALEXANDRE DE PARIS IS CONSIDERED ONE OF THE HAIR HEROES OF OUR TIME, HOW WAS IT TO WORK UNDER HIM? 

I was such a naive provincial young boy when I met him. Looking back, I am so happy I entered Alexandre’s salon on a Saturday in 1989 at age 19. I walked directly to him and asked for a saturday job for no money, until I completed my military service. Quite an unusual way to ask for a job!

The way the salon functioned was very old school, the staff were wearing a uniform, and there never were any kind of disputes in front of the clients. I was lucky to get to assist Monsieur Alexandre himself, watching him doing hair was like watching a ballet. He would do pin curls like no-one else, it was almost surreal! I had a daily routine and would start the day by making sure all the different kinds of hairpins were ready, I would then wash and dry brushes and combs, and do the same if there was any hairpieces to be cleaned. I would also prep the bag if we were going out on a house call. Monsieur would make sure that I was constantly busy, even if there were no clients. Most of the time I would happily train on my doll head. I was obsessed with Marcel waiving and Alexandre was a tough teacher when it came to perfection. If there was even just a tiny mistake in the alignment of the waves, I’d have to wet the hair and start all over again.

Alexandre taught me about hairdressing but also about humanity. He was a very kind man and had so much class.

IS THERE ANYBODY YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE IF YOU WEREN’T YOU?

Guido 🙂 No I am joking of course I am quite happy with who I am !

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SOME OF LAURENT’S AMAZING EDITORIAL WORK.

WHERE DO YOU LIVE?

Paris, I am in love with my city.

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

Create a Hair Museum, it would totally belong here.

LIST YOUR TOP 5 FAVOURITE HAIR PRODUCTS.

You know it’s going to be all Bumble and Bumble 🙂

Does It All Hairspray,

Surf Spray,

Hair powders

Sumo Wax

Thickening Hairspray.

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

Fashion: For myself, I like Dries Van Noten.  For Fashion, I love Heider Ackerman’s and Iris Van Herpen clothes.

I highly respect the amazing work of Ralph Rucci and love the creativity of Felipe Oliveira Battista. 

Music: Very eclectic, from Philip Glass and Brian Eno to Bowie and Pink Floyd. A lot of french singers like Serge Gainsbourg, Alain Bashung, Leo Ferre, Veronique Sanson and more recent singers like Lescop or Stromae or Yodelice. I LOVE Leonard Cohen and Ry Cooder and Johnny cash and Edie Veder and Donovan. (Eclectic I told you 🙂 

ART: I think the media I relate to the most  is photography. I don’t understand a piece that is too conceptual if it’s a painting it has to look beautiful and not like 3 dots on a white canvas ( even though 3 dots can be beautiful but you know what I mean) I love the work of photographers such as Lucien Clergue, Jean Loup Sieff and Monsieur Penn.

FOOD: I am such an epicurian I would spend all my money on food I am quite a good guide for the best tables in Paris.

My top 3 : “Yen” ( Exquisite japanese cuisine )

                 ”Epicure” ( 3 stars at the Bristol Hotel feels like a trip on a                          flying carpet ) Brasserie

                 ”Thoumieux” ( Topchef jury runs it, it’s all about getting the                         best ingredients)

“My mum was a cooking teacher, it is thanks to her that I ate great food through my childhood and that I absolutely love to cook.” 

YOU’VE JUST RELEASED YOUR BOOK TITLED “HAIR FASHION AND FANTASY” CAN YOU TELL ME HOW IT CAME ABOUT AND WHAT YOU WANTED TO ACHIEVE FROM IT

 —Browsing through book shops and not finding a book that felt right, all books were always done by scientist and researchers never by a Hairdresser. 

—Realizing how lucky I have been to work at the side of such magicians of hair.

—Wanting to share my world of hair and inspiration with hairdressers who don’t have access to fashion hairstyling.

—How fascinating hairstyling can be, one could tell the story of humanity through hairstyle.

—Give some kind of recognition to amazing hairdressers who were anonymous until then.

—A bit of ego 🙂

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 MORE OF LAURENT’S AMAZING HAIR ARTISTRY FOR MAGAZINES

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

It depends when.  Your taste evolves so fast when you grow up. I am definitely not into what I used to listen to before the age of 10, LOL!  I used to love a French singer called Sheila when I was about 11 or 12, I would try to imitate her 🙂 and I still would listen to those songs today.

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

I don’t have an iPod, I can’t stand not hearing what’s around me especially outdoors !

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

Tahiti but not for longer than a year, I love polynesian life, it is poetry there. But I will always live in Paris !

YOU’VE BEEN CONTRACTED WITH BUMBLE AND BUMBLE FOR 19  YEARS NOW AND HAVE DEVELOPED MANY PRODUCTS WIH THEM. TELL US ABOUT THOSE, THE IDEAS BEHIND THEM. 

Yes 19 years !! That doesn’t make me any younger but I met Michael Gordon whilst assisting Orlando Pita back in 1994 and have been connected ever since !

Sumo Wax : I was invited to see a Sumo wrestler’s match in Tokyo and was amazed about the hold and the flexibility of the pomade they were wearing on their hair! I got to meet to maker of this pomade( there is only one !)

Hair Powders : Working with Julien d’Ys. He used a lot of white hairpowder to create his amazing textures. I had the idea and the occasion to make them in different colours.

Styling Lotion : We wanted to have a holding lotion that would also bring comb-ability.

Semi Sumo : I wanted to have a pommade with light hold and shiny finish for subtle texture, we got it together and it became one of my faves

WHO OR WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH?

Julie Ferrier is a French humorist who makes me laugh so much that I can’t watch a whole piece in one go, I have to pause !!

I confess, I also love TV series : Desperate Housewives, Weeds, The New Normal and of course Catherine Tate and Little Britain !!

WHO’S YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGNERS THAT YOU WOULD WEAR?

Dries Van Noten but if I was skinny and gorgeous I would wear Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane.

YOU’RE PACKING TO GO ON A TRIP FOR 2 WEEKS AND CAN TAKE 5 FILMS ON ITUNES OR DVD’S WITH YOU, WHAT WOULD THEY BE, AND IF YOU WANT, SAY WHY YOU LOVE THEM?

— Theorema by Pasolini. my all times favourite movie for the characters, the story, the stylism

— La Folie Des Grandeurs with Louis de Funes. funniest movie ever

— Une Femme Sous Influence by John Cassavetes. I think my mum looks like Gena Rowlands 

— Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Wolf with Liz Taylor. I was lucky to meet Liz Taylor a couple times She really did have purple eyes !

— La Piscine with Romy Schneider and Alain Delon. I would have done the same thing for Alain, ultimate gorgeousness, no ?

— Midnight Express with Brad Davis, LOVE

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE DESSERT?

 The ” Millefeuille” at ” Le Dome” in Paris. It is pure ecstasy.

DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN ONE WORD.

Curious.

WHAT ANIMAL WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE?

 A dog living in the Pyrenees helping a cute young shepherd to handle his sheep 🙂 

WHAT IS YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE?

OK, another favourite dessert : the ” Mont Blanc” at ” Chez Angelina” in Paris

WHERE ARE YOU GOING TO NEXT? 

At my summer place in Montpellier.

A BIG THANK YOU TO LAURENT FOR HIS ANSWERS!!! 

To order Laurent’s book in the UK click HERE

To order Laurent’s book in the US click HERE

To order Laurent’s Book in his home country, France, Click HERE

To read more about Alexandre De Paris click HERE OR to purchase Alexandre De Paris Hair Accessories click HERE

#regram from @fredrikstambromakeup Busy at work

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#regram from @fredrikstambromakeup Busy at work with @kasiastruss doing an #iDcover #iD #iDmagazine #hashtagwhore #instawhore

CLOUD 9 ‘THE-O.’

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CLOUD 9 ‘THE-O.’

What can I tell you about the genius THE-O heated rollers!!  Just when everyone thought heated rollers had died a death these appeared on the scene. They heat up each individual roller in just 4 seconds, so you don’t have to put the whole set of heated rollers on at once, wait for them all to heat up, and then try to remember which are the the cold ones you’ve just added whilst waiting for them to heat up too!

The rollers heat up to 130° from the inside out, so they don’t burn your fingers while you’re using them, and start to heat up more once they’ve been in the hair for a few seconds. They also have a ‘red dot’ indicator on the top of the rollers so you know when they’re hot.  This is done with ceramic heating technology.

For traveling around they’re a lot less cumbersome too than a big box of heated rollers.

So if you want to re-discover your inner glamouress-ness then these are the things to do it with!!

Available to buy worldwide from – www.cloudninehair.com

New editorial this week – W magazine

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MY NEW EDITORIAL OUT THIS WEEK. 

W MAGAZINE, November 2013 Issue, shot by the marvellous Emma Summerton. 

Lindsey Wixson and Ashleigh Good star in this amazingly chilling coat story shot in Moscow, Russia. 

Styling is by the wonderful Giovanna Battaglia, with beautiful make up by Mathias Van Hooff.  

Moods comedy monday – Julie Walter CBE

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MOODS COMEDY MONDAY, 

With today’s sketch to lift your spirits, stars none other than the multi Oscar and Olivier Award nominated, BAFTA  and Golden Globe winning actress and comedy genius,  Julie Walters CBE.

This sketch has become so iconic over the years,  it played a big part in concreting Julie as one of the finest British actresses of our time.

This sketch is not only hilarious but weirdly also quite painful to watch as Julie takes on the role of an exceptionally old lady who works in a railway cafe.

And so ladies and gentlemen I give you Julie Walters, Celia Imrie and Duncan Preston starring on The Victoria Wood Show in  ’TWO SOUPS’

“Ready to order sir, madame?”