Giles Deacon SS14 (@toniguyitalia)
Don’t get us wrong- we absolutely love a good plait. Whether it’s a halo plait, a fishtail, French or loose and wavy, this really is one of the most versatile hairstyles out there, and one of the only do’s that works better on day-old hair, which suits us working (and partying)-girls down to a tee. So, when we were backstage yesterday at Giles Deacon’s London Fashion Week show our jaws really did drop when we caught sight of hairstylist Sacha Mascolo-Tarbuck creating one of the most stunning braided beauties we’ve seen for a long time.
In fact, Mascolo-Tarbuck, Toni and Guy’s Global Creative Director had been busy plaiting hair all afternoon and told us that it was a two-man job per model. Alas, why were two stylists needed to create this look? “There is a lot of texture- the hair is inspired by Braveheart this season. We’re doing these double knotted braids- the hair has to be divided into four sections and it requires two hairdressers. You can’t do this by yourself!”
As expert hairdresser Jo Hansford explains, “This style is the next step on from the softer and prettier looks often associated with braids and brings a more high fashion edge to the plait, sitting perfectly with the spooky, rock and roll edge which came with the Giles show.”
Sound complicated? It’s actually not, although you might need to enlist the help of a girlfriend to help you master the look at home. However, the carefree, fluffed-up effect is actually very simple, if you have the right army of products to create the much-needed texture. Sacha used Label. M’s Resurrection Dust, £10.95 to add volume at the roots and worked Miracle Fibre, £12.95 through the front of the hair to keep the lift intact. What’s more, hair at the front was slightly teased with a straightening iron to add even more texture, and the final flourish was a touch of Miracle Fibre around the roots, too. The finished plait was draped over one shoulder. Totally gorgeous.
Watch how Giles' show came together with our #Grazia360 video below...