The next generation of designers had their models’ hair in legendary hands for the St George Next Gen collection showcase at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia 2019. TONI&GUY hair director Katy Reeve, who recently took out the Best Hairdresser in New South Wales title at the Australian Hair Fashion Awards, created two looks for the rising stars of fashion.

The first look Kate described as “very organic” which used “natural texture in the hair”.

“We’ve seen a lot of wet and sweaty hair this season, but what we’re doing is the complete opposite of that,” she said. “We’re creating a looks that’s very dry and matte.”

To achieve the look Katy and her team prepped the hair with label.m Volume Foam, which was blowdried into the hair. Pieces of varying lengths and thicknesses were then plaited all over the head.

“There are no set sections,” Katy said. “We are using plaits of all different lengths and thickness.”

The plaits were then gone over with a flat iron to “squash” to achieve what Katy said was a very “natural” look that was “very flat with no volume”.

The second look was the polar opposite of the first look, and consisted of a structured, polished Dutch braid.

“The second look is high shine and totally polished,” Katy said. “It’s a really strong look with a long, Dutch braid which is visible from the catwalk.”

But instead of brushing all the hair back off the face into the braid, the front section was parted to keep it flat and strong.

The two looks were showcased on models who strutted their stuff for four designers – Benjamin Garg, Chloe Mottau, Madison Hislop and Brian Huynh – with both styles complementing the vast range of clothes that included flowy  dresses, tribal inspired pieces, structured suits, oversized sleeves, see through culottes and geometric jackets.

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