I couldn’t think of a better designer to close my fashion week with than Ashish Gupta. By day five it often seems like everyone has had enough, but Ashish brings the fun and enthusiasm back with abandon, and with one the most refreshingly diverse range of models of any fashion week show, (including some boys and famous faces like Chloe Norgaard and Charlie Barker).
Glitter is to be expected, but that doesn’t make Ashish the slightest bit predictable. This time the collection was inspired by a ‘skater girl’, but maybe one who had tried a new trick and bailed a few times into a pile of sparkle. The messy hair coated in sequins reflects the coming together of this super cool and casual skater girl theme, and the iconic Ashish look.
The Hair Techniques: the L’Oreal Professionnel stylists prepped the models’ hair with L’Oreal Professionnel Volume Architect and Full Volume Extra Mousse to get a dry texture and some lift to the hair to begin with, then tongued it lightly all over. Nothing about the look was over-styled or too polished looking, to embody the carefreeness of the skater girl inspiration underpinning the whole show. Mythic Oil was applied to the ends of the hair whilst Shine Spray was used on the roots; both give a shine to the hair but the shine spray is less heavy and so leaves the volume in the roots. Finally, sequins were sprinkled on and secured (to a certain extent – the intention was to have some sequins fall out as the models walked, or skated, the runway) with layers of hairspray, which were massaged into the hair.
I had the most fun backstage and watching the Ashish SS16 strut and skate down the catwalk, and now I’m focussing all my time and energy on seeking out an event at which a hair-do full of sequins would be appropriate.
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