In another example of the rarified opportunities at ARROJO Cosmetology, students were asked to hairstyle for the launch of Alisha Trimble’s Ready to Wear collection, Spring ‘11, at New York Fashion Week.
Last year, Alisha was voted a top 5 emerging talent, making her Ready to Wear collection one of the most anticipated events of this wonderful Fashion Show week. And for the students of Class 7, it was a unique chance to show off their new skills to the wide world of fashion.
Inspired by Alexander McQueen’s Spacecraft concept, Alisha’s idea was earthy and organic, pretty space-age aliens; it was up to our students to find a hairstyling conception that would complement Alisha’s overall theme.
“The challenge of a fashion show, in contrast to day-to-day at school, where we’re all working on improving our own technique, is to ensure all the hairstyles work with each other, and with the vision of the designer. It’s a team effort and we have to work together to make sure we match and exceed expectations,” said Jackie Joaquin, Class 7 student.
What the students came up with was brilliant. Given the freedom to create, they decided to make a braid an element in every model’s hairstyle. It might sound relatively simple, but bear in mind the models’ hair varied in length and texture from no hair to three foot of hair, from textures that were smooth and straight to those that were Afro and curly.
Ergo a plethora of braids, created in a plethora of ways. There was three-foot hair strands, braided and creatively placed with bobby pins; there was the intricate use of extensions to create the required length; there was braids weaved into delicate, winding patterns; there was braids matched with bold, sharp spikes.
Then, after a day’s worth of work, revamping and refining, the models were set for a photo-shoot and standing presentation in a kitsch New York City loft made for days like these.
“Today was one of my best-ever times at school,” said Lula Graves, Class 7 Student. “We’re blessed with lots of amazing opportunities here, things I don’t think you’d find at any other school; but today was extra special. We’re still students and we’re styling hair at New York Fashion Week; how cool is that! I’m really proud of my look, too. I slicked my model’s hair down with hairspray and then focused on creating a beautiful, pretty braid - and a vision of Alisha’s futurism. Everything we created supported Alisha’s work, I think we did a great job.”
Indeed they did.