LONDON FASHION WEEK: Behind The Scenes At Julien Macdonald


International fashion designer Julien MacDonald OBE is the king of glamour, and we went backstage at his latest celebrity packed London Fashion Week show to bring you the inside track on the trends to come…

HairFlair MD Alexandra Malet and Julien Macdonald backstage (picture: Claire Greenway)

Internationally renowned fashion designer Julien Macdonald OBE debuted Julien x Gabriela on September 16 at London Fashion Week, at Southwark Cathedral, where celeb hairdresser Ken Paves led the hair team sponsored by HairFlair.

Lead hairdresser Ken Paves at work (picture: Ryo Yoshihara)

Curls reigned on the catwalk where models including Izabel Goulart wore hairpieces (pre-set while damp on Curlformers, then dried in a Softhood) added in to give a glamazonian finish of full, tumbling waves.

The glamorous make-up look in progress (picture: Claire Greenway)

Models walk the runway at the technical rehearsal (picture: Claire Greenway)

The HairFlair hair team was led by Karine Jackson and included Sophia Osbourne (Karine Jackson Hair & Beauty); James Catalano; Carolyn Walker (HairFlair educator); Edoardo Colasanti (Jamie Stevens Hair); Fidel Ranson (Gina Conway Salons & Spas); and Ashleigh Hodges.

HAIR AND MAKE-UP PREP (picture: Claire Greenway)

Karine says: “This look is a relevant take on the 60s bouffant. We prepped the hair by drying the roots with volume. We rolled the front panel forwards around the hairline to keep the hair flat for the sleek back, then we used barrel Curlformers at the back of the hair to give bouncy loose curls. We sleeked the top back working with the curvature of the head, keeping the front flat, building up height on the crown and the occipital bone, giving the hair amazing movement.”

Curlformers and Waveformers by HairFlair come in different sizes and lengths for different curl and wave finishes – because they’re simply pulled onto damp hair and left to dry naturally or in a Softhood with a hairdryer on a low setting, no direct heat is applied to the hair meaning no damage. The process of setting from damp to dry gives amazing longevity to the finish and was a perfect way to style the models’ hair.

It’s all hands on as show time approaches (picture: Claire Greenway)

The 40 look capsule collection is not only a collaboration between Macdonald and his friend Gabriela Gonzalez but a heady, decadent, journey into the world of contemporary luxury, elegance and high-octane glamour that is so ingrained in the Julien Macdonald house DNA. Pieces from the collection have been worn at the Cannes Film Festival by supermodels Alessandra Ambrosio and Izabel Goulart, by Mariah Carey for her performance at the AmfAR Gala and by Thalia at The 73rd Annual Tony Awards.

A model’s hair is set in Barrel Curlformers (picture: Ryo Yoshihara)

“I’m thrilled to be collaborating with my dear friend Gabriela, who embodies my aesthetic, of a strong, beautiful, and confident woman. She is a global traveler living the jet-set lifestyle while also a gifted mother,” said Julien Macdonald.

Gabriela Gonzalez said “I fell in love with Julien’s red carpet designs a long time ago and am so happy to call Julien a beloved friend and partner in this venture. My life has taken me to so many different places, I’ve always turned to Julien to outfit me for those special occasions. I’m very excited for this collection and can’t wait for the debut.”

We absolutely loved the finished looks and the team wowed us backstage with their calm approach to the incredible timescale to turn around so many models!

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