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Paris: Backstage at Iris Van Herpen Spring 2015

One of the most sough after invites of any fashion week,  Iris Van Harpen's Spring 2015 presentation delivered the beautifully crafted, highly imaginative and exquisitely detailed pieces for which the designer is admired.  And although as primary beauty photographer for Style Wylde, I was not able to be there in person, I still wanted to find out  just how the soft flowing locks that so perfectly accentuated the collection were done. And as lucky would have it, our friends TiGi were on the scene creating the look for the show, and they were kind enough to pass along a full report on how it was done. 

The Inspiration:

The SS15 Iris Van Herpen woman is confident in her skin; understated, private, and celebrates her individuality. This season's collection explores the interplay of magnetic forces; the dynamic parallels of attraction and repulsion and the power of nature versus technology. Van Herpen says, "I find beauty in the continual shaping of chaos, which clearly embodies the primordial power of nature's performance.” TIGI European Session Director Maria Kovacs was keen to use these dynamic forces, integral to the collection, to juxtapose the gentle movement of the hair; a natural wave to work in parallel with the sculpted garments and chaotic structure of the runway look.

How it was done:

1. Brush out clean, dry hair and section into a strong centre parting.

2. Spritz the surface of the hair with Catwalk by TIGI Bodifying Spray until damp through.

3. Take a number of large sectioning clips and clip down the lengths of the hair at irregular intervals.

4. Allow hair to dry naturally, and set the final look using a gentle hot blow to set.

5. Remove all sectioning clips, gently brush through and spritz with Catwalk by TIGI Session Series Work It Hair Spray, to finish.   


Maria Kovacs, TIGI European Session Director, says: "We wanted to create a look with gentle movement that worked in parallel with the chaotic magnetic dynamics of the incredible SS15 shoes. Iris (Van Herpen) loved the look of the small face veiled with a natural wave; the technique is actually a modern version of a Marcel Wave but more fluid and relaxed to kiss the shoulders, in opposition with the strong, sculpted tone of the collection."