New York Fashion Week: Jason Wu Spring 2011
I spent Day Two of New York Fashion Week behind-the-scenes at the Jason Wu show (that’s me on the right with Brazilian beauty Lais Ribeiro) held on Mercer Street in Soho. Jason’s shows are always the most exciting and rewarding to be part of during Fashion Week.
The call time was 10am sharp. When I walked in, the first person I saw was my mentor, Odile Gilbert, the key hairstylist for the show. I was so thrilled to see her and the rest of the French team, Hugo and Joseph. I set up my gear and said my hellos to the rest of the Aveda team. Aveda was the official sponsor for the show’s hair team and I chose a station on the end so I could have some room, because these things tend to get crazy!
Odile did the demo of the look which was inspired by the 1970s sophistication: four low ponytails at the base of the neck, that were braided and twisted with fabric to add color and structure. My first model was Lais Riberio, then Rose Cordero followed by Melodie, a new face I met this season, backstage at the Jen Kao show.
Everything was going well until I noticed St. Louis native Lindsey Wilcox crying and wiping off her make-up. I immediately stopped working, walked over to her chair to find out what was wrong and if there was anything I could do. Lindsey is one of the hottest girls in fashion right now. We met in the spring at the YSL Resort show, where her mother and I hung out backstage (she was so proud of her baby). Lindsey was able to catch her breath and smiled as I asked her what was wrong. She said her face wouldn’t stop burning from the make-up. She had wiped her face clean and was still feeling the aftermath. We talked and decided she should get her hair done first, then we’d notify the lead make-up artist and find out if she could get her face done right before the line up. It worked!
After completing Melodie’s hair it was time for first looks. The hair and make-up team moved to the dressing area behind the runway when I noticed the backstage photographer going crazy over Lindsey taking picture after picture, saying, “Lindsey look here” and ”eyes here.” Everything was as it should be.
Jason Wu outdid himself again with this show. The girls, once dressed, looked incredible. Karlie Kloss walked the finale. She looked amazing and is the star of this new generation of barely-legal supermodels. The entire room looked in a trance as she glided down the runway. Overall, every model and every look was well put-together from head to toe. Woo hoo to Wu again for having such a successful show!
Check out runway pics of the models mentioned above from Style.com:
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Rodnei Ferby (rodneiferby.com) is a New York City-based hair stylist.