Behind The Scenes : The Dipple & Conway Hair Show Photoshoot
We announced a while ago that Norwich Fashion Week 2016 would be expanding on it’s main catwalk events with a hair show. Yesterday we announced Dipple & Conway as sponsors of the show, the photoshoot has taken place, stylists all over the city have begun making plans and to give you a taste of what’s to come NFW blogger Kate Cooper went behind the scenes of the Dipple & Conway Hair Show photoshoot.
Well it’s that time of year, folks. As time ticks on, the glorious autumnal carpet of fallen leaves has turned to mulch. Intricately carved members of the gourd family have been relegated from window sills and now lie decomposing on compost heaps citywide. We spent too much money on sparklers and we watched Tanya Burr illuminate the city with twinkly lights. Those who venture into shopping centres these days might hear the gentle jingle of bells, or perhaps the dulcet tones of Cliff Richard; while mince pies are two-for-one and chocolate novelty characters abound at Tesco. Yes, the countdown has officially begun…
At the time of writing this there were only 3 months and 14 days left until Norwich Fashion Week 2016! What did you think I was talking about…?
Therefore, ‘tis the season for promotional photoshoots, in time for the Norwich Fash Pack to put together this year’s mini-mag guide to NFW16! The mini mag will be coming out earlier this year due to popular demand, so keep your eyes peeled in February!
Now as you might be aware, I love me a good behind-the-scenes, so when the very fabulous Deb Dominic, owner of Hairsmiths salon, Norwich Resident columnist and coordinator of the new-for-NFW16 Hair Show, told me that the promo shoot was happening on Sunday, you couldn’t really keep me away!
When I arrived at Hairsmiths salon on Guildhall Hill where the shoot was taking place, the action was in full swing. With five different hair themes to style and shoot in one day, including Cut and Colour, Bridal, Barbering and Avant-Garde, I felt as if I’d just walked onto the set of ‘Hairspray’- minus John Travolta in a fat suit.
Walking around the salon I first encountered the vintage hair-and-make-up maestro that is Flamingo Amy, coiffing the red locks of model Amy Woodman into a thoroughly contemporary sculptural masterpiece. Now I have had the pleasure of seeing Amy at work before, and I know the girl has some mad skillz. I have watched her style Helen McDermott in victory rolls in less time than it takes me to find my hairbrush at the bottom of my handbag. However, I have never before seen her work outside of a ‘vintage’ context. I can tell you, pigeonhole at your peril. Not only can Amy cause hair to actually defy the laws of gravity, she can basically do everything else as well. Hair, make-up, customisable bridal hair accessories… Check out her website to find out more-and expect great things for the Hair Show 2016!
Next, I popped upstairs to where the shoot was in full swing, with photographer Gemma Lock, the artiste behind this month’s Norwich Resident cover, hard at work capturing the gorgeous Elle on camera. Elle was the bridal hair model for the day, made up in pretty pastel tones by MUA Miriam, from Jackie Hamilton School of Beauty. Her gorgeous bridal lingerie ensemble was courtesy of local luxury brand Proudlock and Harry.
Elle’s enviably thick, blonde tresses were arranged in a tousled, plaited style that was somehow both intricate and relaxed in equal measure. Bridal perfection.
I have no idea how this particular style was achieved, but there is a reason why its creator, Gemma Holiday, won this year’s award for Wedding Hair Stylist of the Year at the East of England Wedding Industry Awards; namely, because she is incredible! Somehow, her creation was held in place by a series of tucks rather than pins- yet another hair stylist for whom Newton’s Law of gravitation does not apply…
I didn’t get to chat to Gemma for long, but I wished I had, mainly because she was just so lovely! Between arranging hair, spritzing, tucking, having a movie star name (doesn’t she?!) and making hair magic, she simply emanated warmth and kindness to everyone in the room. Basically if I ever abandon my feminist principles and do the wedding thing, I’m looking her up, stat.
The Hair Show 2016 is sponsored by Dipple and Conway opticians, which meant that not only was photographer Gemma Lock busily shooting models with really good hair, she was shooting models with really good glasses (those who you who have seen the November issue of Norwich Resident will know that Gemma is experienced in this area!) A spectacle-wearer myself, I can attest that the frame game was strong.
I’m a particular fan of the pair that model and presenter Jake Watson is sporting in this picture; the perfect complement to his beautifully-barbered hair, courtesy of Hairsmiths salon’s very own Jonnie Martin. When I first spied Jake presenting at NFW15 his beard was rather more extensive- although I do enjoy a good beard, I have to say, I’m a fan of this more clean-cut look… Good scissor-skills, Jonnie!
One thing that struck me on the day of the shoot was the way everyone worked together, got the job done but had a great time doing it- this snap captures the mood perfectly!
I thought at this point I ought to pop back downstairs and see what was going on. I found Julia from Jackie Hamilton School of Beauty creating an avante-garde make up look to complement Flamingo Amy’s hairstyle perfectly.
Barry Alan from the self-named salon was close to completing a cut and colour on the gorgeous Rozz. I have it under reliable authority that when Rozz had entered the salon earlier that day, her hair was bright blue. While after spending only moments with Rozz it’s obvious that she has the personality to pull off blue hair, I love this sophisticated pastel look on her; she looks like a pixie in this shot!
Back upstairs I went, to discover why Amy Woodman’s reputation as a model precedes her. While I knew of Amy before Sunday, we hadn’t met, and I have to say I was a little intimidated. She’s a bit famous, you see. I learned two things about Amy Woodman on Sunday. The first being, she is an exceptional model. She has that mythic, photogenic quality that just means that she cannot take a bad photo. Even my weirdly lit camera-phone snaps look Vogue-ready because of her.
You can’t take your eyes off her. I would probably hate her if it weren’t for the second thing I learnt, which is: Amy Woodman is a brilliant human. She is cool- in that way that you feel like you become a little bit more cool by hanging out with her. She’s friendly, chilled, funny, and chats to everyone. We talked about museums and French fries. What a good egg. Here are more great photos of her, sporting a Proudlock and Harry red lace bodysuit, and including some very good sunglasses…
Now enter Rozz…
Here she is being styled by Deb, who is basically the Duracell Bunny but with bling. She somehow manages to constantly expend energy without seeming to ever get tired, endlessly creative, enthusiastic and encouraging, she’s becoming one of my real inspirations. Here’s Rozz rocking her pastel crop and a Proudlock and Harry bra. Her sultry make up was also by Julia. I think this silvery look would be gorgeous for the festive season! And of course, rocking some gorgeous frames from Dipple and Conway.
All in all, I can safely say that the shoot day made it clear what an abundance of creative talent there is in Norwich. It’s so timely for it to be given a platform, and it’s in the best hands possible with Deb Dominic coordinating. Norwich Fashion Week Hair Show 2016 is going to be incredible, and I cannot wait! See you all there; I might even get my hair done, first…
Kate Cooper ‘I’m Kate. I work in a museum and I studied Fashion at university. I like drinking hot beverages, eating all the foods, buying clothes from charity shops and looking at art. I like doing all of these things in Norwich, where I live with a ginger, bearded man, who is quite nice actually, and a vast collection of mugs.’