2014 August

T’HAIR STORY – GENESIS P-ORRIDGE

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Genesis Breyer P-Orridge was born Neil Andrew Megson. He is also known as DJ Doktor Megatrip, Megs’on, P.Ornot, PT001, Vernon Castle & Shirley Ghostman!

He might be, however, best known for fronting the industrial music project ‘Throbbing Gristle’ and later, the Acid House cross over project that is Psychic TV.

 

After marrying his late wife Lady Jane Breyer P-Orridge in 1993, Genesis & Lady Jane began “project Pandrogeny”, the idea to become one person/each other.

So, where am I going with all this!? You’ll see below the years of Genesis from the 70’s to current date, and yes of course many many hairstyles through his seemingly endless guises! Most of the time genuinely terrifying!

 

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KATE MOSS, MYSELF AND KARL PLEWKA IN CORINNE DAY POSES FROM THE 90’S

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Yesterday was 4 years ago since my dear friend Corinne Day ( fashion/art photographer) sadly died from a Brain tumour.

Even though her pictures were often see as being quite dark, Corinne was a lot of fun as a person. We travelled a lot together over the years with each other and with various friends and work colleagues for work and sometimes just for fun.

Corinne has been named as the photographer that changed the way the world and the fashion industry looked at models in the early 90’s when she started to photograph an unknown model at the time named Kate Moss. When Corinne got commissioned to shoot for Vogue Magazine, she used a selection of unknown faces including Kate, and Kate ended up on her first ever Vogue Cover. This cover is now completely iconic.

Corinne captured something in her photographs of Kate and other girls she snapped that seemed to capture the mood of the 90’s. She was the pioneer of Grunge fashion and photography together with another emerging British photographer at the same time called David Sims. They both worked very closely with the amazing and heavily respected fashion stylist Melanie Ward.

Corinne’s images were different to what we’d been seeing  in fashion magazines- awkward poses, less make-up, undone hair- realness basically. Corinne loved celebrating real beauty.  There were a few other photographers all emerging at the same time with a similar aestheitc,  but Corinne and David most definitely defined the moment.

And so this leads me onto  the set of pictures I’m showing here.

First off is an image of Kate Moss shot by Corinne in 1993 for Interview Magazine. This image is one of my favourite Corinne images and is rarely seen weirdly, and just to show you how much fun we had with Corinne as a close friend, and colleague I’ve added some unseen images of myself and my friend, Karl Plewka ( fashion stylist who regularly collaborated with Corinne) doing our best Corinne poses.  In fact there’s one that’s my version of Kate with the Tropicana carton.  Some of these images of us were actually taken by Corinne herself.

I do hope Corinne is at peace now following her 14 year battle with her tumour and I’m happy to be able to share a small selection of some of my fondest  memories of her. We all miss her !

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MODELS ‘N’ STUFF – BETTY CATROUX

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Betty Catroux,  was born Betty Saint in 1945  and is a former Chanel model, and fashion icon.  She was born into a rich bourgeoisie upbringing. She became a muse for the legendary, Yves Saint Laurent who called her his twin sister and referred to her as his female incarnation.  Famed for her long white blond hair, lanky body, gaunt features and androgynous appearance, Catroux and Saint Laurent met, according to her, in Regines, a very Gay nightclub in Paris in the 60’s. Until Saint Laurent ‘s death, Catroux said, she had a fairytale life with him.

Betty began modelling at the tender age of 17 working for the likes of Coco Chanel. Having met Saint Laurent, the attraction between the two friends was not only aesthetic, but intellectual. They shared an escapist mentality. She says, “We had a passion for Rolling Stones; we adored all that was louche. We loved the night, the excesses ” said Catroux, who is rumoured to also have gone into rehab with Saint Laurent, in the late seventies. They shared a French bourgeois mindset, which made their exploratory walks on the wild side especially exciting if  not less than truly dangerous. Catroux told Oyster magazine in 2011, ‘we liked the hippie mentality, but since we loved luxury their lifestyle was not for us, it just meant more freedom and rebellion” . Saint Laurent in 1968 showed a couture collection that was built around the man tailored pantsuit, inspired by her.  Catroux said, It is fair to say I have inspired many of the clothes that mark Saint Laurent’s  genius for liberating women through fashion.

Betty was known for her minimal and almost hedonistic masculine fashion sense. The iconic Le Smoking suit was inspired by Betty.

On her wedding day to interior designer; Francois Catroux she wore a Pierre Cardin fur and boots influenced by the youth quake fashion of the 60s. I do what I want, when I want, I am completely free, although I am married, I love to be different, i love to dance and drink.

Friends with Loulou de la falaise and Catherine Deneuve,  supposedly Loulou brought out the colourful and the femininity in Yves Saint Laurent and it was Betty who brought out his dark side, just like an Angel and a Devil. Their devotion to each other was admirable in the fashion world. It was the three of them. Tom Ford was reportedly so inspired by her that he dedicated his debut YSL Rive Gauche collection to her.

Yves partner, Loulou and Betty who were at the side of Mr Saint Laurent during his last hours.

So ladies and gentlemen, I give you Miss Le Smoking herself- Betty Catroux.

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EDITORIAL ARCHIVE – NAOMI CAMPBELL SHOT BY CORINNE DAY FOR BRITISH VOGUE IN 2002!

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In 2002 Naomi Campbell won a court battle against British Tabloid newspaper The Daily Mirror for breach of confidence. The High Court ordered £3,500 in damages to be paid to Naomi from the Daily Mirror. Later that year the ruling was overturned by the Court of the Appeal, which ordered her to pay the newspaper’s £350,000 legal costs, but eventually in 2004 the House Of Lords reinstated the High Court ruling and damages.

British Vogue interviewed Naomi following the court case and hired my friend photographer Corinne Day to shoot Naomi for the cover of their August issue to accompany the interview.

Corinne wanted to make Naomi look different to how we’d seen her before in Vogue so we came up with the idea to do her with an afro.

Naomi was completely up for the change. Unable to take her hair extensions out, as they were freshly done,  I created/cut the wig seen here.  We didn’t want it to seem “comedy” in any way so we opted for a shorter version, to make it seem more believable.

Lisa Butler created the natural make-up on Naomi which again, we rarely saw her without make-up at this time.

We shot the cover with and without the wig. The magazine used the images of Naomi with the afro inside, but they chose to use the cover shot of her without the afro as they thought she’d be more recognisable when it was on the news stand shelf.  I saw the editor Alexander Shulman not long after the issue was published and she said the response to Naomi with an afro had been extremely positive, making her wish that she’d chosen the cover shot with the afro instead.

To think , there’s an almost identical version of the cover picture below, but with Naomi sporting an afro hairstyle, lying around somewhere.

Corinne and I loved the idea of Naomi Campbell being on the cover of Vogue magazine with an afro, but it wasn’t to be this time.

Naomi Campbell shot by Corinne Day for British Vogue, August 2002.

Make Up: Lisa Butler.

Fashion Editor: Kate Phelan

Hair: Moi

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ON ALL FOURS – BUSTER’S BEEN AT THE HAIR COLOUR BOX AGAIN!

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Buster’s never been one for missing out on some Summer Hair Colour fun.

I left him alone for 5 minutes and look what he did! I couldn’t be too angry at the mess he’d made though because his hair did look great that colour!

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Some of my favourite bright colours for hair come from the company called “Crazy Color”

Their website is www.crazycolor.co.uk

Below is some pics of their range – check ’em out if you’re feeling daring, with 24 colours in total to choose from.

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AND THE MOODIE GOES TO…ROSEMARY’S BABY FOR BEST SHORT HAIRCUT AND ONE OTHER AWARD!

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It’s here again, my version of the Oscars, it’s the ‘Moodies!’ Where by I award a Moodie to the best and worst hair moments in film, TV, music, stage, and other!

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And the Moodie for “best, short, daring, 60’s haircut” goes to…. Mia Farrow, with the infamous lines

 

ROSEMARY’S HUSBAND: ” What’s that? ”

ROSEMARY ( MIA FARROW): “I’ve been to Vidal Sassoon!”

ROSEMARY’S HUSBAND: “Don’t tell me you paid for that?”

By the way, its one of my favourite ever haircuts.

I’m also awarding a ‘Moodie’ to Rosemary’s neighbour Gloria, for the best rollers and head scarf combo!

JUST ANOTHER MOODIE MONDAY – SHIRLEY ELLIS CHEERS OUR MONDAY UP WITH THE CLAPPING SONG.

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Here’s my Monday morning song to cheer you all up and help you beat the Monday blues! It’s Shirley Ellis with The Clapping Song from all the way back in 1965!

Shirley had hits with “The Name Game” and “Nitty Gritty” but the Clapping Song was her biggest hit as it sold over a million copies and was awarded a gold disc.

 

Ok, so that’s me doing The Clapping Song, but the real one is below that!

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