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For Creative HEAD’s Christmas 2020 cover shoot, in partnership with Matrix, we hunted out free-thinking stylists, buzzing with ideas and passion. Find out what makes this super six tick…

 

My music taste covers everything from the ’60s  onwards, and sometimes even further back depending on my mood. But when I was putting together the mood board for this shoot, I wanted to get in the chill zone and I actually had a bit of Pink Floyd on in the background. Totally chilled – chilled vibes only! Bliss.Maxine McArthur

What colour is… 

Confidence? 
Yellow. 

Unity? 
Lavendar.

Inspiration? 
White.

And finally, 2020? 
Fuchsia – because it’s bold, it’s vibrant and it’s one of those hair colours that if you go for it, you never forget it. 


“My look is very ’80s, very raw 
–  a natural ambience and 
an embrace of colour. Everything was done old-school: freehand, scrunching… it’s really just about being practical and using the physical element rather than the structural and visual side of colour. I wanted to get an almost fur-like effect on the hair, but still make it look really feminine and sexy. I just looked to see where I wanted to place the colour and put it right there. It’s like fox fur with a Warhol twist.”
– Maxine McArthur


 

“I have made a personal choice to only use queer people to model for my projects and creations as a celebration of the weird and wonderful humans in the world.”Thomas Frear

What colour is…

Confidence?
Purple.

Freedom?
Yellow.

Inspiration?
Green.

Unity?
Pink.

“I chose to style my model, Dani as their drag persona, Well Hung Parliament, to show the underrated culture of drag kings; they just aren’t publicised as much as queens. Queer people are at the forefront of innovation in trend, authenticity, fashion and culture… it creates a subculture that runs into the mainstream and we never get credit for it! So, this story is a nod to queer rebellion. I wanted to take aspects of the ‘80s and ‘90s ballroom scenes with a queer punk vibe, destroying the binaries of gender. It’s just a real big gender-bending fashion moment of drag and queerness and pop punk vibes, intertwining into something that’s not really been seen before.”
– Thomas Frear


 

“My creative soundtrack features Florence + The Machine. I just love her music, it’s really different. Her songs and albums don’t all sound the same and I think that each song represents a different emotion or journey that can get your creative juices flowing.Jordanna Cobella

What colour is… 

Confidence? 
My initial reaction is ‘blue’, but I don’t know why.

Unity? 
Yellow.

Inspiration? 
Violet.

And finally, 2020? 
A muddy sage green!

“I’ve worked with a cooler and a warmer colour, merging them together. And I’ve contoured around the face to complement my model’s beautiful blue eyes. I love messy, bed-head hair but with a tiny bit of a finish and a ‘70s kind of set.”
– Jordanna Cobella

Final looks and shade lists >


“My creative soundtrack is probably something the complete opposite to what everyone else has said – Clubland. I love club music, because that’s what I grew up with and listened to in school. You’ve got the beat and the energy, and it gets you pumped!”Sam Kerswell

What colour is…

Confidence?
Pink.

Freedom?
Yellow.

Inspiration?
Blue.

Unity?
Green.

“I wanted to do something completely different, the opposite of what I do on a day-to-day basis, which is everything from balayage to intense, vivid rainbows and never anything in between. So, I thought: ‘let’s do some really soft, dusty tones.’ I’m really into crystals – I have amethyst in the studio – and I wanted to mimic that dusty lilac colour with the pink core. Then add a wave that’s not as formal as a finger wave but it sets a tone of place. It’s all just really soft.”
– Sam Kerswell


 

I do love creating highlights, but I love lowlights as well, so blondes and browns are definitely my thing. Especially as I work with a lot of women of colour, I feel like it really just suits people’s skin tone and you can be very creative with it.Mary Adekoya

What colour is… 

Confidence? 
[Immediately] RED.

Unity?
White

Inspiration? 
Yellow

And finally, 2020? 
Ugh, the bleakest of blacks! 

“Colour is something I really like to experiment with, but I didn’t want to create anything scary. Think of an unconventional 2020 bride! I went in with the soft pink and the lilac, just to jazz it up and make it more contemporary. Then I ashed out the wig to give it a little more edge.
– Mary Adekoya


 

“I get inspiration by looking to the past – I try to take a look from the past and create an iconic colour for the future. ”Troy Alexandros

What colour is…

Confidence?
Red.

Freedom?
Green.

Inspiration?
Mauve.

Unity?
Pink.

“I decided to go with the iconic Farrah Fawcett style from the ’70s – that blow-out but with a reference of a ’90s face frame, which has definitely come back into fashion. Because it’s an old-school look, I used an old-school technique; a classic blow-dry away from the face and then straight back on the rollers.”
– Troy Alexandros

Final looks and shade lists >


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