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Fashion show secrets: gaffer tape hair spray

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Here’s a little backstage beauty nugget I found out recently. See that backstage beauty station? See those hairspray-like cans wrapped in parcel tape? That’s a little known secret of fashion shows. When big beauty brands sponsor shows, they want their and only their branding in the backstage shots. So MAC doesn’t want a stray Lancome mascara wand in view at a MAC-sponsored show and Toni & Guy doesn’t want a can of Elnett upstaging its products if it’s paying for exclusive endorsement. All well and good, but it seems there’s an understanding that sometimes X product is the only one that will do for X star hairdresser. So the solution is to cover it in gaffer tape to disguise the branding. In fact, some say that Toni & Guy’s black-clad Label M product packaging was so designed to mimic the gaffer-tape look I just described. Who knew?

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Library corner: Heads: Hair by Guido

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I had totally forgotten about this Guido Palau hair book from 2000. After I spotted it in the staff room at London College of Fashion a couple of weeks ago, I got straight on Amazon and ordered a copy. Continue reading

LONDON FASHION WEEK AW12: DAY 3

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I tried to keep this brief but it didn’t happen so here goes. First up: Margaret Howell. You don’t get many surprises here but that’s OK. With some designers I like to know what I’m getting and for AW12 we’re getting the perfect white shirt, trad fairisles, fitted twinsets, schoolgirl box-pleated skirts, indestructable tweed trench coats (an update on my navy wool one that kept the biting chill out all weekend) and boyish blazers. To finish off – low side ponytails, penny loafers and darling little olive green Tam-o-shanter hats. Continue reading

Quote of the day

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“Kim Kardashian is real. That’s what girls look like today. It’s a very huge, cultural part of what is going on, and the ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’, it’s a very big part of what we’re seeing…as important as Lady Gaga is to a 15-year-old. So all of these things, I take in. I’m not a snob going, ‘What’s that?’ because that is real. And that is how women want to look. It’s a very important style statement, and that will go into my library of style and I will take that somewhere.”
Uber-hair stylist Guido Palau on the Kim Kardashian effect

L’Oreal wants you to appear in its next hair ad!

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I’m not usually one for doing competitions on here and I avoid writing about model competitions unless they’re exceptional. But this one really is. Continue reading

London Fashion Week ss12 Day 2 highlights

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Daks’ thoroughly English seaside-inspired collection, complete with house-check raincoats, sensible sandals and pick n mix treats on our seats

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From the vaults: Stella Tennant and Kirsten Owen

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In 1990s Italian Vogue…

Vidal Sassoon: The Movie

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Last week I was invited to a press preview of VIDAL SASSOON: THE MOVIEand what a cinematic treat it was. Sassoon himself tells the poignant story of his journey from a London orphanage to celebrity superstardom in LA with the help of an anecdote or two from the likes of Grace Coddington, Mary Quant, Christiaan and Guido Palau. My favourite quote came from Mary Quant: “You cut hair how we cut cloth, you cut it on the cross.”The film itself is beautifully shot (by director Craig Teper) and designed (by Steve Hiett) and the archive footage is priceless – watch out for some of the 1970s ads and the scene where Sassoon cuts Mia Farrow’s hair live on the set of Rosemary’s Baby. It’s also very human and Sassoon’s charm and passion come across in spades as does his personal style (I noticed he has a bit of a scarf thing going on). VIDAL SASSOON: THE MOVIE will be released in the UK mid-May but you can see the trailer below. Catch it if you can…

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