PFW: L'Oreal for Alexis Mabille
[Thu 08/03/2012 12:09:21]
Sponsored by L’Oréal Professionnel, National Paris Fashion Week delivered a vintage triple braid at Alexis Mabille’s AW Collection show.
“Alexis showed me a bust of Pierre-Paul Prud’hon. It’s of a bather, a child. She has a triple braid, and I’ve tried to give that a contemporary interpretation,” said hair director Odile Gilbert.
Odile Gilbert for L’Oréal Professionnel
Playing around with the great staples of fashion shows – plaits, ponytails, French twist – Odile Gilbert offered a modern interpretation where disparate elements meet and combine just as in the collection.
“Obviously I adapt the brief they give me at the outset, but the initial inspiration comes from them,” explains Odile. “There are so many shows… I’ve seen it all, volume, no volume, hair pointing up and hair pointing down”.
Get the Look - The Vintage Triple Braid
“Far from being a mere finishing touch, setting is something you do as you’re building the style. Hence our reliance on lacquer backstage, which is completely distinct from the cloud of top-coat we spray on at the end. Setting means giving the hair structure from the roots up, and giving it shape as you style it.”
• Spread out the volumes. Pull the upper rectangle of hair into a ponytail and tie it one centimetre from the forehead. Then, generously apply mousse and shape the free lengths and roots.
• Do a triple braid. After you have done the ordinary braid at the top, gradually do the two others starting at the temples, making sure to take up the micro strands around the hairline. Then, tie up the three braids at the vertex using an elastic.
• Work in the twist. Using a brush, take up the moussed back lengths and twist them around themselves, then tuck the twist into the elastic holding the braid and pull it down over the back of the head.
1. Prepare using Smooth Velours Texture Expert. Applied before blow-dry, Smooth Velours Texture Expert milk accelerates styling and gives hold to fine hair and to curl-prone thicker hair.
2. Shape with Full Volume Extra Tecni.art. Use Full Volume Extra Tecni.art mousse for adhesion and to give body to roots. Brush and dryer compatible.
3. Set using Elnett spray. Spray on as you do the braids. Elnett stays in even when you use the chignon brush, and modulates how the tips move.