Speakers revealed the truth about the graft that goes into their final, seemingly perfect looks
But is the final image; the hair, makeup and outfit, the whole story? Not according to speakers at the recent Coterie, who drew back the curtain to reveal the inspirational, funny, and downright chaotic moments that go into creating their best work.
More feathers, please!
To create the perfect hair, Jay (Jason) Hogan, a master colourist at Josh Wood, did a “beautiful root melt” on the wig, while Halley was up until 3am the night before The Met putting in extra extensions. For those dreaming of working at the iconic event, beware of the rival glam squads in your hotel, warned Aimée. “At one point there were so many glam squads trying to get in the lift that I decided to climb fourteen flights of stairs!” The best advice she received? Request the first floor for your client, as you will likely be running up and down the stairs many times!
Chicken wire and Catholicism
A shot taken from Patrick McDowell’s “Catholic Fairytales” collection (above)
Working on shoots with Sacrebleu! magazine led them to fashion designer Patrick McDowell, and more creative opportunities. They worked on set for his “Catholic Fairytales” collection, described by Czar as a “love letter to the queer community,” and a seminal moment for Patrick, who comes from a Catholic background and wanted to make a statement. One of the wigs (pictured above, left) took Laura “a while to figure out” and involved a lot of chicken wire and placing one wig on top of the other for volume. Before the shoot began, Czar practiced makeup looks on mannequins, which he placed outside his bedroom door to scare his mum!
Flower foraging on the first shoot
Wet looks, widow’s peaks, and making a statement
A model from the Harri S/S24 show (above)
Keen to make a statement, and the presentation “a real moment,” he encouraged the makeup artist to create “wet” facial looks and even sent one model down the runway bald.
“I had one of my team, who makes wigs from scratch, putting individual hairs on the wigs the day before to make tiny widow’s peaks, it’s all about the detail,” he added.
And that was a wrap on The Coterie’s November 2023 outing– an evening of pure creativity, honesty and authenticity, roll on 2024!