Rebel with a pur­pose

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - TRENDS -

VERY much a be­hind-the-scenes kind of guy, Bri­tish hairstylist Anthony Turner works magic al­most with his bare hands, with a lit­tle help from L’Oréal Professionnel (LP) range, to cre­ate won­ders on the run­way.

An al­ready es­tab­lished hair­dresser, Turner, who is in his 30s, has an im­pres­sive port­fo­lio with big names in the in­dus­try like Calvin Klein, Fer­rag­amo, Givenchy, Christo­pher Kane and Alexan­der Wang procur­ring his ser­vices to con­cep­tu­alise looks for their cam­paign ads and run­way pre­sen­ta­tions.

Re­cently, he has been ap­pointed Hairstyling Am­bas­sador by LP, which means he is re­spon­si­ble for Kirsten Dunst’s hair dos, the brand’s first ever in­ter­na­tional spokesper­son.

“My DNA is about easy, ef­fort­less down town, rock ‘n’ roll hair,” the grey-eyed hunk ad­mit­ted. “I was a huge fan of Alexan­der McQueen when I was very young. And, I’ve al­ways been in­ter­ested in any­thing al­ter­na­tive. I no­ticed that his fash­ion shows were more like art in­stal­la­tions, very much like nar­ra­tives; dark, but at the same time very ro­man­tic. And I saw the hair­styles were al­ways so amaz­ing.”

Turner ap­par­ently started work­ing when he was only 17 at a Toni & Guy sa­lon in Bri­tain. He then joined the Tay­lor Tay­lor Lon­don sa­lon in Lon­don and be­came the first as­sis­tant to mas­ter stylist, Guido Palau, at New York Fash­ion Week be­fore join­ing Palau’s team.

Palau, an­other tow­er­ing fig­ure in the in­dus­try, was once voted as one of the 25 most pow­er­ful people in the fash­ion in­dus­try. When asked how Palau in­flu­enced his works, Turner gave credit where it was due.

“Mas­sively. If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t have got­ten into hair­dress­ing in the first place. It’s as sim­ple as that.

“Guido did the hair for Alexan­der McQueen’s shows, and from the mo­ment on, I was hooked. That was how I got into hair­dress­ing.

“I re­ally love the fact that he’s a rebel. He makes you ques­tion what beauty re­ally is. He spear­heads all the trends that we see now and he did it so long ago,” said Turner. So, what’s in for 2014? “In­di­vid­u­al­ity, it’s all about ev­ery girl be­ing her­self. For the first time in all the fash­ion weeks I’ve ever done, all the de­sign­ers were cel­e­brat­ing per­son­al­ity. They don’t want us to stick in ex­ten­sions and form a whole generic army of ro­bots.

“The big­gest trend is: any­thing goes – as in hair length and tex­ture – it’s all about ex­per­i­ment­ing,” he con­cluded. – ByS. SHAMALA

anthony Turner hard at work dur­ing last Fash­ion Week sea­son (Spring/Sum­mer 2014) in Paris.

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