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MET GALA MADNESS: MANUS X MACHINA

Last time we caught up with Vernon he took us on his travels and introduced us to some of his international clients. This week he has been creating more masterpieces on the red carpet at the event of the year, The Met Gala.

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The last few weeks I’ve been working on how best to style not one, but two hair creations on my clients for the Met Gala in New York. The theme was ‘Manus x Machina’ and the evening’s outfits explored how fashion designers are reconciling the handmade (Manus) and the machine-made (Machina) in the creation of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear in an age of technology.

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My first client of the day was Danai Gurira. Danai’s dress, designed by Giambattista Valli, was a modern architectural white gown. I wanted to mirror the design elements of the dress by incorporating height and structure into Danai’s hair.

The detailing within the neckline and the subtle dusting of white spray really brought out the character of Danai’s natural hair texture. A finishing touch of beautiful beads and African stones complimented the overall look.

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My second client of the day was Lupita Nyong’o. There’s not one particular visual reference which inspired the look. Strong bold structures have always been prevalent in African history and my goal is always to show just how versatile textured hair is. Nina Simone is an excellent cultural reference point as she was someone who was always very confident with how she wore her hair. I wanted to ensure that the look on the red carpet was a modern and creative take on traditional style. Lupita’s Calvin Klein couture gown is a throwback to the Matrix Reloaded, embellished entirely in mint green sequins.

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Texture Tip: Sculpture and blending

Textured hair is great to play around with and you can create some really interesting shapes and sculptures at home as well as on the red carpet.

If you have short hair or don’t like to use much product, warm your hands by rubbing them together. The warmer your hands, the easier your hair will be to manipulate. Remember, your hands are your best tools, don’t be afraid to get stuck in.

If your hair is coarse, thick, or composed of tight ringlets, yet when you pull your hair back your hairline is a little thin, try this texture tip. Take an eyeliner pencil and blend it into your scalp, about an inch behind your hairline. The hairline will instantly appear much thicker, great for up do’s and sculpture.

Once your sculpture is complete, a little hairspray will help to keep the shape.

A general view of Creative Director and Hair Stylist Vernon Francois at Smith's Hair Salon on October 12, 2014 in London, England.

A general view of Creative Director and Hair Stylist Vernon Francois at Smith's Hair Salon on October 12, 2014 in London, England.

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