Is there a better way to start a drab January than London Fashion Week Men’s? From kids’ TV show slime to National Lottery shine, we give you the lowdown on the looks from AW18
Tina Outen for Fudge Professional
John Vial for Revlon Professional
Queer identity, the masks we wear and the battle to stay grounded – Charles Jeffrey’s AW18 show was an explosion of ideas based on both his Scottish heritage and his experience of growing up gay in a straight man’s world, where a loud exterior becomes a shield to stand behind. Hair lead John Vial was inspired by the brash style of Martin Degville, lead singer of ‘80s band Sigue Sigue Sputnik. “I have always said poverty fuels creativity,” John explained, “and he would make these really elaborate wigs out of fur because back then, you couldn’t buy cheap hair. Martin was bald and there was no way of pinning the creations onto his head, so he would stitch them onto fishnet tights and wear them over his face. That’s where the idea for the look was born.”
Models sported two distinct wig shapes: a bowl cut with a ‘70s feel, and a swirling mass of knotted hair tubes that looked more like a hat. The former required the hairpiece to be spritzed with Revlon Professional Double or Nothing Lisssaver, blow dried with a round brush, and pinned into place until it cooled and set. For caricature volume, John and the team used American Crew Tech Series Control Foam then backcombed and teased the bottom sections, before smoothing over the top of the style, placing it inside a hairnet and finishing with Revlon Professional Style Masters Hairspray Modular 2. The swirly hair was prefabricated and wrapped in hair nets or stuffed into fishnet tights, before being shaped into cylinders. These were then knotted and sewn together over a hairnet base.