French clothing designer Sophie Theallet sent a wonderful collection down the runway during New York Fashion Week A/W ’12, with fabrics, deep colors and a strong theme making for a great show. Backstage, a power team of Tom Pecheux and the one and only Didier Malige led the looks, working to match makeup and hair, respectively, with the designer’s inspiration. From the show notes to what both Pecheux and Malige described to me, it was about “lost aristocracy”. A young woman of privilege that has “lost her bearings but still loves to dress well.” An aristocrat gone wrong, so to speak. The hair, of course, had to reflect this.
And it did. Pulled back, with a no fuss feel, the ponytails were kept low and just slightly tousled with the center part not too tight; somewhat soft, yet nicely in place.
Malige worked exclusively with Aveda products to create the “look” for Sophie, describing the process of crafting the look as a careful one. For styling, a combination of Aveda hairsprays were also used post-blow out for added shine when needed. This particular ‘do, Malige explained, had to have “the feeling of the collection”.
One can see how a low, no-fuss, pulled back style would evoke the sense of loss and even rebellion against the “elite”, perfectly accentuating the collection that was presented. Will def try to pull off this hair come fall, for sure. Nice work, Didier!
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