Come behind the scenes and meet the hair pros behind The Coterie: In Session, Lauren Bell and Sharon Robinson, plus host Ateh Jewel
On Monday 19 July, we invited an IRL audience to join us live on set for The Coterie: In Session, our annual lid-lifter on the world of editorial shoots, held in partnership with BaByliss PRO. A glimpse into the day-to-day of session stars Sharon Robinson and Lauren Bell, the audience was treated to live styling while the duo shared their session secrets and chatted about their careers to date with award-winning journalist Ateh Jewel.
Featuring four show-stopping looks plus a quick-fire styling challenge, Lauren and Sharon each created two shoot and show-inspired looks, while sharing their tops during The Coterie: In Session. From head-hugging waves to disco glamour, the session supremos served up some serious styling inspo, along with the kit-bag essentials they use to make the magic happen.
Want to find out more? Get to know Lauren, Sharon and host Ateh a little better, as we share more about their impressive careers, along with some BTS snippets from the night…
Lauren Bell is a freelance stylist, and an exciting name on the session circuit. At 28 years old, she’s already racked up 10 years of experience, working across high-profile publications like Schön, L’Officiel, ELLE, INFRINGE, Rollacoaster, marie claire, Grazia and Hunger. She’s also assisted the likes of Guido, Tina Outen, Anthony Turner, James Pecis, Adam Reed and Richard Phillipart on shows including Burberry, Dior Couture, Erdem, Roksanda, Natasha Zinko and Marques’Almeida, plus counts clients in The Rake, Sony and Puma.
Lauren has also impressed judges at Creative HEAD’s The It List Awards, finalising for The It Girl, The Editorial Stylist and The Visionary due to her impressive portfolio, establishing herself as a hot talent to watch in our industry.
“My biggest challenge to date? Becoming self-employed in January 2020. It’s still the best decision I’ve ever made, but riding the highs and riding out the lows is still something I’m working on.”
“My dream brief? No brief! Or something that’s really broad and allows me to bring something exciting and new to the table. A bit of guidance that’s there, but enough openness that we can evolve from it.”
Sharon Robinson was born and raised in South London and Kent, and was surrounded by history, beautiful architecture and amazing landscapes, which inspired her creativity. At just 14 she was introduced to the world of hair by becoming a Saturday girl for her hairstylist. She fell in love instantly with the industry and knew this was a place she could make her mark.
Over her impressive career Sharon has racked up credits including Vogue Italia, Hunger, KingKong, FGUK, Beauty Papers, Grazia and The Times Luxx. She has also worked shows across the fashion capitals for designers such as Chanel, Marc Jacobs and Balenciaga. Sharon has also styled for TV and collaborated with brands from Nike and Fila to Sony and Virgin. In the last six years, she made the move to session full time and has since assisted the likes of Malcolm Edwards, Sam McKnight, Guido Palau, Cyndia Harvey, Syd Hayes, Jawara and many more.
And introducing the evening’s esteemed host, Ateh Jewel…
A multi award-winning journalist, producer, director, influencer and diversity advocate!, Ateh has written for titles including Vogue, Sunday Times Style, Financial Times, The Guardian and Harper’s Bazaar. She can also often be found sharing her expertise on This Morning.
Ateh also runs Couture Communications, a digital agency delivering film content and providing social media strategy and consultancy for major brands including L’Oréal, The Body Shop, Chanel, Estée Lauder and Revlon. She is also a director and award-winning producer in her own right; short film and documentary credits include The Secret World of Foley, Drone and London of Arabia.
In 2020, she was awarded the CEW Achiever Award, in recognition of her diversity work over 20 years in the beauty industry. Most recently, Ateh has also launched her own beauty and wellness brand, Ateh Jewel Beauty, with make-up and lifestyle products set to be released in the coming months.