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MBFWA 2015 | THURSDAY

Tuesday, 5th May 2015by culture HQ
Aaaaaaannnnnnd… that’s a wrap! After an action-packed week of sartorial celebration, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia is over and done with for another year. Relive all of the excitement from the final day below!

THE HUSTLE AND BUSTLE OF THE MAIN SHOWCASE LOCATION CARRIAGEWORKS IS NOW EERILY EMPTY AND QUIET AFTER ALL THE FASHIONISTAS, STYLISTS AND BLOGGERS HAVE ABANDONED THEIR FRONT ROW SEATS FOR A WELL DESERVED WINE…OR TEN. FASHION WEEK IS KIND OF LIKE A HOLIDAY YOU DON’T WANT TO END – WE WERE LOVING THOSE FASHION PACKED DAYS SO MUCH THAT POST MBFWA WITHDRAWAL IS A VERY REAL THING AROUND CULTURE HQ RIGHT NOW. WE WERE SO LUCKY TO HAVE BACKSTAGE ACCESS TO THE SUPER STYLING TEAMS SO WE CAN SHARE THEIR TOP HAIR LOOKS, TIPS AND TRICKS THAT WOWED THE CROWD ON DAY FIVE.

SO, WHO ROCKED THE RUNWAY FOR THE FINAL DAY? ROMANCE WAS BORN KICKED THINGS OFF AT THEIR UNDISCLOSED LOCATION, FOLLOWED BY ST.GEORGE NEXT GENERATIONCS EDIT X KIRRILY JOHNSONDYSPNEATEN PIECESRAFFLES INTERATIONAL SHOWCASEBETTY TRAN, GAIL SORRONDA AND JOHANNA JOHNSON… PHEW, TALK ABOUT KICKING THINGS OFF WITH A BANG! UNTIL NEXT YEAR, FOLKS!


WHO ROMANCE WAS BORN

WHERE UNDISCLOSED LOCATION (SSSHHH, THIS ONE WAS INVITE ONLY!)

LEADING MAN ALAN WHITE FOR GHD

LOOK TO LOVE ECLECTIC COLOUR BOMB

Romance Was Born have always marched to the beat of their own drum, and MBFWA 15 saw the eclectically inclined label stay true to form. With his GHD firmly in hand, Alan White looked after the locks for this Fashion Week highlight. “For Romance Was Born this season we are looking at a true Australian beauty. The idea behind all the looks is that the girls have their natural texture in the hair – it is beautiful and volumous with a slight movement, bend and curl.

“We’ve incorporated in some rainbow dreadlocks, clay and feathers to really play on the Australiana feel of the collection but also to add element of Romance Was Born fantasy. In order to keep the look polished, the base of the hair is kept sleek and sophisticated.”

“Each look is unique to the outfit and to the models hair – the look is similar overall, but each model has their own flavour.”

STYLE NOTE It was all about matching your crazy bright prints with your crazy bright prints! Models paraded down the catwalk in mostly matching separate, managing to look garishly gorgeous. Is that a thing? Well, it is now… And we’re loving it.


WHO ST GEORGE NEW GENERATION

WHERE THE RUNWAY

LEADING MAN PHILIP BARWICK FOR REDKEN

LOOK TO LOVE SLEEK AND CENTERED PONY

It was all about the finish for Philip Barwick at the New Generation Runway Show, who focused on creating a chic and modern look to accompany the fresh new designs making their way down the runway.

“The chic centre-parted ponytail I created for the New Generation Show was sleek and modern with a natural-looking finish,” he explains. “Redken’s Pillow Proof enabled a seamless blow-dry and their Fashion Work 12 Working Spray was used to provide control and hold.”

His top tip for getting this look at home? Finish the look with a light spritz of Redken’s Diamond Oil High-Shine Airy Mist, to achieve that luminous finish and shine.

STYLE NOTE It was all about creative necklines and unexpected cut outs, presented in shades of monochrome. Fifty shades of… black and white? We’re in!


WHO CS EDIT X KIRRILY JOHNSTON

WHERE THE THEATRE

LEADING LADY RENYA XYDIS FOR WELLA PROFESSIONALS

LOOK TO LOVE THE FEMININE GLADIATOR

Hair direction at the CS Edit x Kirrily Johnston show valiantly strived to achieve that irresistible juxtaposition of delicately intricate braiding and gladiator-esque strength. Leading the charge was Renya Xydis for Wella Professionals, who successfully orchestrated this most illusive of combinations. How did she achieve the look?

“We wanted to create softer, more feminine version of a gladiator style but with an edgy aspect. The texture of the hairstyle is matte and dry rather than tight and wet, and we’ve left beautiful, flowy tendrils so that when she moves, the hair moves with her,” Renya elaborated.

“We used a lot of Wella Professionals Ocean Spritz and Sebastian Drynamic Dry Shampoo to lift the hair from the scalp, before adding Sebastian Re-Shaper Hairspray to layer the textures and create grit,” Renya Xydis, Wella Professionals Ambassador.

STYLE NOTE Romance certainly aint dead, if the CS Edit x Kirrily Johnston runway is anything to go by. The beautifully muted blush tones left us with a bit of a crush, and had us all swept up in that romantic feeling!


WHO DYSPNEA

WHERE THE BOX

LEADING MAN BRYON TURNBULL FOR EVO AND EDWARDS AND CO

LOOK TO LOVE WET LOOK GOES ETHEREAL

Bryon Turnbull on the look said “just like the collection, we wanted to really push the boundaries and be equally as daring with the hair. We decided to put our own unique twist on the wet look and sectioned off strands of hair from the front to create uniquely shaped designs on all 20 models. This striking bold look perfectly embodied the playful nature of the clothes.”

Even when the models were strutting down the catwalk their hair maintained perfection with barely a stand moving out of place. The secret to this is evo gansta grip bonding resin for supreme control and hold, great for long lasting hold and for a windy day!

STYLE NOTE The girls at Dyspnea had one thing on the mind… shaking their pom poms! That’s right, the fluffy baby pink balls were attached with reckless abandon to the high fashion pieces marching with conviction down the runway – ever so slightly reminiscent of the cutesy accessories adored by Harajuku girls.


WHO TEN PIECES

WHERE BONDI ICEBERGS

LEADING LADY RENYA XYDIS FOR CLOUD NINE AND EVO

LOOK TO LOVE SEASIDE GRUNGE GLAM

The perfect Bondi Beach backdrop, coupled with wet, edgy haired models, were a match made in heaven for street stye label Ten Pieces. To create the wet grunge look, start by using a standard wand to curl and create structure in the layers. Spray hair with a shine spray to give the wet look, and then brush out with a dressing brush. Twist hair back and pin. At the last minute release the hair and shake through at the last minute.

STYLE NOTE The boundaries between gender distinction in clothing is blurring and Ten Pieces has grasped this emerging trend with both hands. Producing a collection consisting of a black and white colour palette and a relaxed silhouette featuring baggy, dropped waist pants teamed up with a loose, almost dress-like singlets – this is contemporary and comfort served up on a picturesque plate.


WHO RAFFLES INTERNATIONAL SHOWCASE

WHERE THE RUNWAY

LEADING MAN PHILIP BARWICK FOR REDKEN

LOOK TO LOVE THE FRAYED BRAID

Philip’s artfully frayed braids were the perfect offset to the grand designs marched down the catwalk for the Raffles International Showcase. What was Philip’s vision for the tousled look? “The organic braid I created for the Raffles Show conveyed a textured lived-in effect… feminine with a street-cool attitude,” he says, of the attitude he wanted to achieve.

How to achieve this look yourself? We asked the man himself! “Redken’s Rootful 06 and Guts 10 were layered and the hair was blow-dried with the fingers to create a matte, dry natural effect,” explains Philip.

STYLE NOTE With such an eclectic mix of designers presenting at the Raffles runway, selecting just one trend to profile proved a truly difficult task. As was the case with other collections shown this season, there was a strong focus on monochrome garments constructed from luxe fabrics into simple designs.


WHO BETTY TRAN

WHERE THE BOX

LEADING MAN JON PULITANO FOR REDKEN

LOOK TO LOVE FEMININE FEMME FATALE

For the Betty Tran showing, Hair Director Jon Pulitano pulled no punches in the dramatic department – with the entire look oozing in glamour. A sleek and shiny mid section accompanied each model’s bobbed ‘do, adding a little chic to their crops.

“The glamorous, after-dark look that I created for the Betty Tran Show was inspired by mystery and desire,” Jon explains of the inspiration behind the arresting looks. “The shiny texture was achieved with Redken Stand Tough, and the softer matt texture was formed with Rootful 06 to provide enduring fullness with a soft, weightless touch.”

STYLE NOTE It was all about harnessing that flower power at Betty Tran. Floral motifs were evident everywhere in the collection, be it in embroidered trims or the dramatic sleeves and hemlines of the garments. Presenting these floral finishes in deep reds, creams and black ensured that the trend maintained its glamour… And avoided becoming overly girly.


WHO GAIL SORRONDA

WHERE THE THEATRE

LEADING MAN JON PULITANO

LOOK TO LOVE CROPPED CONFIDENCE

Hair direction at the Gail Sorronda Runway looked to the infamously unbridled glamour of the 1920’s, as well as encapsulating the fearlessness of female warriors such as Joan of Arc. And thus, models marched down the catwalk with textured bobs – achieving that perfect balance of fierce and feminine.

Says Jon of the look, “The faux bob that I created was anchored by a concealed horizontal braid. The hair look is brave and fearless, but also natural and earthy. Redken’s Rootful 06 provided the flexible control, and Diamond Oil High Shine Airy Mist imbued the hair with a multi-faceted diamond-like shine.”

STYLE NOTE Annnddddd…. the black and white dominance continued at Gail Sorronda, with each and every garment presented adhering to this ever-so-strictly monochrome palette. Polished glamour oozed from each and every style, with more than a couple of the looks presented pairing their immaculate bobs with a cute hat or statement earring.


WHO JOHANNA JOHNSON

WHERE THE RUNWAY

LEADING MAN RICHARD KAVANAGH

LOOK TO LOVE ROCK THE CROP

Hair Director Richard Kavanagh looked to the glamour of rock goddesses in the creation of the messy bobs sported at Johanna Johnson – with the undone crops the perfect accompaniment to the high voltage glamour presented on the catwalk.

“The centre parted faux bob that I created for the Johanna Johnson Show was embellished with exposed bobby pins to convey a definitive rock-glam mood. Redken’s Rootful 06 was used to volumise the hair from the roots and provide long-lasting fullness with a soft, touchable feel,” says Richard of the forces driving his inspiration, and the execution of said looks backstage.

STYLE NOTE There was a very theatrical, ‘after midnight’ feel to Johanna’s show, the final collection to be presented as part of the 2015 Fashion Week. Feather boas, fishnet veils and deep plum lips adding a touch of the dramatic to the luxe gowns that made their way down the catwalk.


Tuesday, 5th May 2015by culture HQ