Kim Robin­son

Renowned hair stylist who has coiffed some of the most fa­mous heads in the world

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While I was work­ing for Alexan­dre de Paris, he com­mis­sioned me to do a chignon for a lady at the back­stage of Givenchy show in Paris in the early 90s. I had no idea who it was un­til I looked into her eyes and she said hello to me with her beau­ti­ful voice – it was Au­drey Hep­burn.

I un­der­took sev­eral years of ex­haus­tive re­search across Europe and North Amer­ica seek­ing a safe and ef­fec­tive multi-ther­a­peu­tic sys­tem, which would help my clients ad­dress the is­sue of age­ing hair [ be­fore re­leas­ing my] kim­robin­son Hair Re­ju­ve­na­tion For­mula. All hair, and par­tic­u­larly Asian hair, be­gins to thin with age and it is cru­cial to be­gin the re­ver­sal process early. Hair Re­ju­ve­na­tion For­mula is the only ap­proach which cen­tres on re­vi­tal­is­ing fol­li­cles to grow both thicker and stronger hair.

When as­pir­ing model Au­gust Zhang walked into the kim­robin­son sa­lon, I im­me­di­ately recog­nised the fea­tures I wanted to bring to the fore. With long, pin- straight black hair, Au­gust’s fine locks fell flat against her heart-shaped face, the “cur­tains” fail­ing dis­mally to ac­cen­tu­ate strik­ingly high cheek­bones and large al­mond-shaped eyes. I wanted Au­gust to stand out from a sea of other girls with sim­i­lar long, straight, black hair, and de­cided on a mod­ern look which not only high­lighted her best fea­tures, but re­flected a fun, con­fi­dent per­son­al­ity.

I first took her hair shorter, us­ing my sig­na­ture dry cut tech­nique to chop off over eight inches of length so that the long­est lay­ers of her mod­ern bob hit just above the jaw­line. Then I sliced in sub­tle lay­ers to pro­vide bal­ance, tex­ture and vol­ume, while long, side-swept bangs added both drama and ver­sa­til­ity to the style. The shorter length im­me­di­ately drew the eye to Au­gust’s long, swan­like neck and added height to the over­all look. I cre­ated a side part­ing to add fur­ther depth, a style that is both on-trend and uni­ver­sally flat­ter­ing. Af­ter a dra­matic cut, I amped up the vol­ume with a curling treat­ment to cre­ate a sexy, tou­sled look, so the styling rods were cus­tomised

to cre­ate vol­ume and soft waves rather than large curls. Now, Au­gust is one of the most in-de­mand Asian mod­els in Paris, Mi­lan and New York.

I have at least a dozen pairs of Tom Ford eyewear in my op­ti­cal wardrobe, more for be­ing seen than see­ing. The frame fits my face per­fectly. Just like when you find the best hair­style to com­pli­ment your face shape, it be­comes part of your body.

I dis­cov­ered my first Mr & Mrs Italy mini parka a few years ago in Mi­lan. The colour and em­broi­dery are spe­cial. It’s just so lived in, and I can wear it all year round, chas­ing an end­less win­ter.

I’ve had four solo art ex­hi­bi­tions so far. My first, Wish­ful Think­ing, was in 2009 and the last one, Evo­ca­teur, was in 2016 at 3812 Gallery in Hong Kong.

I take in­spi­ra­tion from life and its im­per­fec­tions, to cre­ate soul­ful images that ar­rest you with emo­tion.

My favourite place to go shop­ping is Em­pire Home­wares, in my home town of Duns­bor­ough in Aus­tralia. Nap­kins, place­mats, linen, laun­dry bas­kets, cut­lery, lounge chairs, books – it just feels so homey ev­ery time I go there.

Western Aus­tralian Jer­rah honey and but­ter on a toasted onion bagel is my com­fort food.

Clouds by Joni Mitchell, re­leased in 1969, is the most-played record in the kim­robin­son sa­lon.

My favourite ho­tel is Soho House, I have been to many of them and they are just so cool. I am look­ing for­ward to the one in Hong Kong soon!

“I take in­spi­ra­tion from life and its im­per­fec­tions to cre­ate soul­ful images that ar­rest you with emo­tion ”

Soho House 76 Dean Street, in Lon­don

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