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

Welcome Scream Hairdressing

It’s a great time for SLB! We’re building the team, planning super exciting projects and working with new clients!

Our latest appointment, Scream, is a well known salon in Preston, owned by Shruty Stephenson.

Shruty has built up an impressive portfolio working alongside top session stylists such as Adam Reed, Anthony Turner and Guido Palau on shows at London, Paris and Milan Fashion Weeks including: House of Holland, Mulberry, Versace and Dolce & Gabbana.

Shruty also recently graduated from the ‘Hair: Mastered’ course where she worked closely with industry legend Sam McKnight, who is responsible for almost 40 years of iconic hairdressing.

We have known for Shruty for years through her work with brands such as BaByliss PRO, so it’s great to be working with her and raising the profile of the salon!

Looking forward to working with you!

All About the Fellowship

I have worked in the hairdressing industry for a very long time – more years than I care to put in writing – and I love it.  Hand in hand with fashion it’s fast paced, forever changing and is home to wonderfully creative and visionary people who are generous in sharing their skills and knowledge.

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British hairdressing is widely regarded as the best in the world. This is the home after all of the late, great Vidal Sassoon; Trevor Sorbie; Errol Douglas MBE; Guido; Sam McKnight; the Mascolo family and Eugene Soulieman – all of whom have helped make the UK hair industry a truly global phenomenon. Education, especially for the next generation, is a passion they all share.

This why an organisation such as the Fellowship for British Hairdressing is so important to the industry. It offers the opportunity to be recognised alongside the industry’s creative talents and business leaders. Membership gives access to workshops and seminars (free or heavily discounted) that money can’t buy, and are often exclusive to the the Fellowship, for example the incredible chance to get to see three or four British Hairdressers of the Year on one stage together!

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Anyone can be a member as long as they adhere to the 12 Principles of Good Salon Practice outlined by the Fellowship. Ideally it’s for ambitious hairdressers who believe in on-going professional development, both for them and their staff; people who want to learn from the very best and push their own boundaries, becoming successful and then giving something back.

The opportunities are endless – stage time at major exhibitions, the opportunity to learn from the very best in the industry, PR exposure with national magazines, and brilliant networking opportunities. The best news for anyone interested is that this year prices have been held at 2015 rates, and the joining fee has been waived!

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In this, their 70th anniversary, it’s worth seeing what the Fellowship could do for your business – http://www.fellowshiphair.com/

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