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Welcome To The Circus – Richard Phillipart Talks Technique Behind His Latest Work At Paris Men’s Fashion Week

Welcome To The Circus – Richard Phillipart Talks Technique Behind His Latest Work At Paris Men’s Fashion Week

Welcome To The Circus – Richard Phillipart Talks Technique Behind His Latest Work At Paris Men’s Fashion Week 

The Most Wanted 2024 Creative Talent finalist shares how he crafted bespoke looks inspired by the playfulness of circus troupes

Cirque du Soleil performance at Kid Studios
Image from @KidSuper

For his second voyage to Paris during Fashion Week, award-winning hairstylist Richard Phillipart turned his attention to Men’s Fashion Week S/S25, bringing his trusted #TeamPhillipart with him to both Études Studio & KidSuper Studios.  

After making his international debut in March, Richard and his team worked on four shows across London, Milan, and Paris for the men’s catwalks – an impressive feat without an agent! 

Bringing big top energy to one of the four fashion capitals, the KidSuper Studios show saw the circus as the overarching theme, while exploring interconnectedness and the unseen forces shaping our world, using strings and puppetry to delve into who controls the strings in our lives, both literally and metaphorically. This included models walking the runway attached by strings to giant hands that circled the stage on tracks as if the models were puppets being played with by giants. Taking the theme one step further, the show also included a spectacular performance by Cirque du Soleil.  
Behind the scenes at Kid Studios
Images by @jowkid
Richard Phillipart at Kid Studios

The look 

Inspired by the whimsical charm of vintage marionettes, Richard designed individual looks for each model that focus on sleek dynamic shapes with “spit curls” and flicked edges that invoke the playfulness of circus troupes. Contrasting longer hair textures reflect the collection’s vibrant and eclectic spirit. 

Backstage at Kid Studios

The how-to 

All models had their hair prepared by cleansing and treating with MyOrganics Supreme Shampoo and Miracle Mask, chosen as they provide intense nourishment without weighing it down. 

Hair was then coated with My Organics Hydrating Strong Mouse to add a pliable texture and hold. A strong parting was given to all models, and their hair was blown away from the face.  

Once dry, MyOrganics Water Moulding Wax was applied liberally. Using a strong brush, the wax was worked into the hair in the desired direction. Hair was then drenched in MyOrganics Strong Hold Hydrating Hairspray and the finished style was set using a hairdryer and diffuser. 

Final look at KidSuper Studios
Final look at KidSuper Studios
“Spit Curls” were shaped into place using MyOrganics Water Moulding Wax and an edges brush to achieve the crisp shape. 

MyOrganics Restructuring Shine Spray was applied moments before the models walked the runway to give the hair a high gloss finish. 

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Make-up: Cat Parnell
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Fashion’s biggest night of the year, The Met Gala, is never short of iconic outfits… but it also never fails to deliver striking hair looks, too. While the official Costume Institute exhibition on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion, the dress code and general theme of the Met Gala was the Garden of Time. How did some of the big names interpret that concept? Let’s take a look 

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Penelope Cruz

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Brie Larson

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Kerry Washington

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Rebecca Ferguson

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