Dripped in crisp white orchids, Thomas Puttick’s SS17-18 show, Go Behind was an unsuspecting breath of fresh and fashionable air. An emotionally driven MBFWA interlude, the instalment opened with a series of voiceovers defining their idea on woman, gender equality and strength. Puttick was among them, briefing attendees on his desire to empower through design.

The model cast emerged, each wonderfully unique in age, size and influence – it was a series of muses before us – a collective whose inner definition placed them before lights and within the designs of Thomas Puttick. Including the likes of Creative Director Nadine Bush, Artist Dina Broadhurst and Graphic Designer and Community Activist Lynn Stanton, together they were a perfect representation of modern women.

Led by Hair Expo 2017 Australian Hairdresser of the Year Finalist, Shane Henning, the KMS hair team worked to further embody the natural beauty of their unique cast.

“The inspiration behind it all is that we’re working with real women, real people and we want to enhance their natural beauty,” said Shane.

“The hair is not to be a major feature, so it’s all about creating a little bit of texture but a very casual loose style. The original brief was a ponytail and we’ve since evolved that to something softer and universally flattering – ultimately working within each person and what works for them,” said Shane.

Hair was generally tied off the face with a soft halo of texture to suit – each style a slight variation in length. Hero products included KMS Thermashape Blow Dry Lotion and Thermashape Hot Flex Spray for added direction. Finally, Shane finished with “a little bit of Working Hairspray. It’s great as you can still mould and work with the product following application and without any residue,” said Shane.

Thomas’ designs were simple and complimenting – a mix of structure and free-willed, much like the wonderfully diverse women in focus. And in a final note of good will, the total of Thomas’ show sponsorship was donated to White Ribbon Australia.

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