Unicorn hair, rose gold hair, ombré hair… Just when you thought you’d seen pretty much everything hair colour had to offer, celebrity colourist Josh Wood took things to a whole new level backstage at Mary Katrantzou’s autumn/winter 2019 show. He introduced “patterned” hair: the poetically-named “horizon colour and “colour clouds”.
“Ruffles and truffles, volume and pattern: that was part of the brief. It’s a first for me to create a pattern in hair, using hair extensions,” Wood, who used Redken to create the multi-hued looks, told us. “Elemental colour that was diffused by the models’ natural tone. Clouds of rain, storm blue, peach, periwinkle, pale azure… They’re next-level festival tones.”
Katrantzou’s collection was divided into the four elements – earth, wind, fire and water – and the bespoke hair pieces were hand-painted over five days by Wood and his Holland Park Atelier team to echo the fabric of the clothes. The colour clouds, used on the fair-haired models, were designed as “a combination of intense colour that blurs and blends out to the palest colour on the edges”. Horizon colour extensions, used on the dark-haired models, were inserted at the hairline and saturated at the roots, then “faded out in reverse ombré”.
Hair was styled by Anthony Turner in loose, undone waves, allowing bursts of colour to shimmer through, just so. We know what we’ll be asking for at our next colour appointment…