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