SLB’s first Fashion Show of 2016

Client: Babyliss Pro

Show: ART SCHOOL for Fashion East

Date: Saturday 7th January

Venue: The Old Selfridges Hotel

What we did: sign off sponsorship with Jonathan De Francesco, deliver tools, liaise between client and creative hair team, host press and introduce journalists to creative team on the day, submit press release and show images to trade publications

No rest for the wicked… And by ‘the wicked’ we mean our many talented friends and clients shaping high fashion worldwide. First up on the fashion calendar for 2017 is of course London Men’s AW17. The highlight of which, for us, was ART SCHOOL at Fashion East’s Menswear Presentation where we worked backstage with session stylist Jonathan De Francesco on behalf of Babyliss Pro.

If you’re unfamiliar with Fashion East, it is a non-profit initiative headed up by Lulu Kennedy and backed by Topshop and it was created to nurture emerging design talent providing bursaries, free venues, photography, catwalk show production, mentoring and PR support to the next big things in fashion. Notable graduates of the scheme include Richard Nicoll, Holly Fulton, Jonathan Saunders, House of Holland, Gareth Pugh, Marios Schwab, Louise Goldin, Roksanda Ilincic and Meadham Kirchhoff.

No doubt hoping to join that list of fashion heavyweights are ART SCHOOL by design duo Eden Lowreth and Tom Barret. Inspired by Ballet Russes and Bauhaus their debut collection with Fashion East ART SCHOOL’s was a performative presentation celebrating non-binary identities and how people personally navigate their own style. Lines between genders were blurred as androgyny took over, and the designers told the story of queer style and hinted at new ground to be covered.

Fresh from working with Poppy Delevigne and Taylor Hill on Love Magazine’s 2016 Advent Calendar hair stylist Jonathan De Francesco was challenged to create 13 different looks on 13 very different boys and girls to acknowledge their individuality. Although each look was different, the main theme echoed the feeling of old wealth with theatrically exaggerated shapes.

The looks were created by prepping the hair with volume using the BaByliss PRO Italia BRAVA dryer, and shapes were created using a variety of different sizes of the BaByliss PRO Dial-a-Heat tongs, particularly the 13mm and 19mm tongs.

Jonathan said “The complete control you get over the tools is essential for creating these looks. The shape is the most important thing and without this control, the shapes would not exist.”

Checkout the full collection on British Vogue