From feel-good, velvet-silk fabrics to relaxed tailoring, Michael Lo Sordo’s 17/18 resort collection was a celebration of the easy-chic that underpins classic, French style, writes Jessica Turner.

“Since we opened up the market in Paris four years ago, we’ve spent a lot of time there and the overall style has been embedded into my brain,” said Michael Lo Sordo. “I started looking at French films from the 1930s, and one in particular, with a coquettish secretary stood out. Subconsciously all these elements came together and I always want to make an ode to who The Michael Lo Sordo woman really is – relaxed, beautiful and natural.”

The show’s Hair Director, Philip Barwick for Redken, extended the idea of natural beauty across the models, allowing the individual’s real hair texture override styling products.

“We’re creating looks that are cool and not interfered with, so we’re looking at each girls’ hair – and working to emphasise the great-points, but down-play things like excessive volume, by experimenting with both side-parts and centre-parts,” he said.

“When it comes to those with curly hair, we really want to celebrate them so we’re letting them dry in natural state,” he continued. “Since the concept is about relaxed, un-touched beauty, we’ve been using products usually associated with blow-drying heat protection as they are very light in texture but help position the hair into shape.”

“For models with very long hair, we’ve used a setting net – we pop it into the shape we want, then wrap the hair around it so it contains everything – once undone, it creates a lovely, loose feeling all throughout the lengths.”

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