Editorial Hair Stylist Travis Balcke created the hair direction for our Resort 17 collection and we’re predicting it becomes the go-to for simple Summer chic; whether you working it with a bold-print party dress or with slick, monochrome suiting and oversized earrings. Just home from working backstage at Paris Fashion Week (for Stella McCartney, Acne, Margiela and Yohji Yamamoto), we asked Travis to talk through the look and explain how we can work it ourselves — and unsupervised.
DID YOU CHANNEL ANY OUTSIDE INSPIRATION?
“I’m always taking into consideration what I see when I travel and work the shows in New York and Paris but I also think that there is a lot of inspiration in Australia. It was really important that we considered the brand – which is quite unique in Australia - and to remember not to get carried away in a fantasy and keep a strong view. I think it’s a really beautiful look.”
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THIS LOOK?
“Slick and sharp, graphic and to the point!
SO LET'S GET TO IT...
“The key tip here is to work the hair all over with your Cloud Nine Iron so it’s straight and manageable and then pull it back away from the face into a ponytail and then hooked under into a bun. It’s a very simple, chic look.”
IS THERE ANYONE WHO SHOULD AVOID THIS LOOK IN YOUR OPINION?
“I think the tight bun or pony works really well on everyone, however if you have a fuller face, you might want to slightly change the position of the bun or pony to keep it flattering.”
WHAT WERE YOUR TOOL-KIT ESSENTIALS?
“First I prepped the hair with Balmain Argan Moisturizing Elixir to ensure it was hydrated before working with the Cloud Nine Iron and Cloud Nine Airshot Hair Dryer. I then used Balmain Styling Gel Strong for a long-lasting wet and shiny look with definition. I finished the look with Balmain Session Spray Medium to get that control without weighing it down.”
We’re long-time fans of Victoria Baron and the way she makes women glow. Since directing the makeup for our Fiesta Barcelona campaign, she’s spent the last month in Europe, backstage wielding her brushes at Alexander McQueen, Balmain, Fendi and Christopher Kane. While rifling through her makeup kit, we asked her to break down the impeccable but still fresh, Summer makeup look.
TALK US THROUGH THE FIESTA BARCELONA MAKEUP LOOK YOU CREATED
“It’s all about youthful skin, contoured angles and playing with elements of shine, light and darkness. We didn’t want the model to look too made up or as if she had tried too hard so I kept the makeup neutral with an element of colour, strengthened brows, and highlighted the features and beauty she already has.”
HOW DID YOU ACHIEVE THAT LEVEL OF COMPLEXION PERFECTION?
“I find the more attention you give to skin prep the less makeup you need. With early call times, most faces (even models!) haven’t really “woken up” so l always start with a cleanser to freshen the skin, and then a serum and antioxidant to nourish and brighten. I then massage a light moisturiser into the skin with my secret weapon, a Refa tool which moves the fluid and muscles, lifting, chiseling and hydrating. Considered skin preparation is how you achieve the glow in a no-makeup makeup look.”
P.S. WE LOVE THE RED NAIL.
“For this kind of no-makeup makeup, a bright and bold nail elevates the look while keeping our girl effortlessly cool.”
WHAT ARE YOU MOST EXCITED ABOUT FOR SUMMER?
“Colour and fun is what l am most excited about this season. Colour can be quite daunting to get your head around but if you feel overwhelmed, you can always wipe it off!