What was the inspiration for your new collection, The Murmuration? I was driving through Tuscany when I saw a murmuration. I had never seen anything like it and was astounded by the beauty and magnitude of nature. It made me think about what sparked the murmuration. Was it a single bird or some intrinsic calling that draws starlings to gather in their thousands and create such epic formations in the sky?
The images, hairstyles and models look strong, bold and assertive. Why did you choose to create this visual interpretation?
I think we misinterpret nature as being gentle, coy and peaceful. Nature is incredibly strong; the power of nature formed our world. Think of the immense force of our elements. I chose to showcase strong and assertive women in this collection, with power dressing reminiscent to the ’80s. These women contrast both strength and femininity and highlight that they are not mutually exclusive.
Tell us about the hairstyles and cut trends you have chosen
I drew inspiration from the starlings with their iridescent colours and the formations of their wings. This moulded how I designed the haircuts. The texture in the hair was drawn from their wings and feathers, and the hair colour reflects the colouring of starlings. There is also a nod to the postpunk era and strong feminist characters from that time. There are two categories of looks in the collection: classic graphic shapes in smooth forms, and highly texturised layered looks.
What type of woman do you see trying out these cuts and colours?
I don’t expect the collection to become mainstream. Even in my creative hair salon, a small percentage of fashion-forward clients will adopt a direct interpretation of the trend. I expect to take elements of the collection and adapt them to the client’s personality and lifestyle. Add a micro fringe, loads of texture to a short cut; add modernity to a classic bob with panels of colour. The women who choose these looks will be dynamic, uncompromising and selfassured.
What should people take into consideration when colouring their hair?
We often have clients showing us photographs that have had filters or Photoshop applied and that is not a realistic representation of what is possible with hair. Clients are also under the impression that the vivid colours are permanent — they are not, they fade fast. With reference to balayage, the looks seen are often the results of multiple applications and clients often want the same result after one appointment. When deciding on a hair colour, you must keep in mind that it may take multiple appointments at the salon to achieve the desired look. You should be asking your hairdresser what maintenance is involved; what do you take home with you; when should you return for you next appointment. It is also important to discuss your budget with your hairdresser, for the appointment on the day and for future appointments.