NYFW Hair: Sleek Meets Gritty by René Furterer at David Tlale

The steely grey faux concrete panels that adorned the front of The Pavilion, Lincoln Center’s newest Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week venue, evoked a New York City vibe and proved to be the perfect backdrop for the unveiling of award-winning South African designer David Tlale’s fall 2014 collection entitled, “Elementary Metropolis.” When guests were seated at benches in maze-like formation to view the runway show, the designer’s first solo showcasing in the United States, the lights dimmed and three models appeared front and center as South African singer Simphiwe Dana’s soulful song “Mayine” engulfed the room. With that the models separated and began regally weaving throughout the vast room. The beautifully structured and body-hugging collection was a rich mix of fabrics including lace, brocade, wool and flowing silks and crepes that seemed to defy gravity in a palette of beige, taupe, gold and navy blue hues.

 d to create an urban, street-chic style that appears effortless,” says Erik. “With René Furterer we’re able to customize styles and looks for all hair types for the clients in our chair, whether it is a customer in a salon or a model about to walk the runway. We can achieve and produce beautiful work with a line that doesn’t just camouflage damaged hair, but improves and refortifies hair as we style it.” Here, Erik describes step-by-step how he and the René Furterer hair team created a sleek and textured elegant style:

1. I begin by generously misting hair with René Furterer FIORAVANTI shine enhancing no rinse detangling spray. This sets the stage and allows me to start manipulating hair while still allowing for the movement I want. Working the product through with hands and scrunching hair helps to build a nice, natural and soft wavy texture.

2. Next, I make a clean, deep sweeping part to the right across the forehead. We want the top section of hair to be smooth and flat to ultimately create a very close-to-the-head look and use a comb to smooth out any bumps in the smoothed fringe. We use the René Furterer MODELING PASTE to further smooth down hair and also to provide a matte finish. Take a small amount of the dry paste, rubbing it between fingers and then apply through top section of hair.

3. Once the fringe is completely smoothed, pin the section behind the right ear with two crisscrossed bobby pins and make a slight overhang of hair to hide the pins. Even though we’re hiding the pins with hair, we don’t want the possibility of the pins peeking out on the runway and catching and reflecting light. So before putting them in the models’ hair we file down all bobby pins with an emery board to make them as matte as possible.

4. On the other side of the head, we take hair and similarly smooth the front-most section down and rid hair of flyaways with René Furterer MODELING PASTE. We pin hair behind ear with crisscrossing bobby pins and again create a slight overhang to hide the pins.

5. We spray hair with René Furterer NATURIA dry shampoo on remaining loose hair in the back since we want to build texture to contract with the smoothed-down front. Work the dry shampoo through hair with hands to create more grit and to shape hair.

6. Finally, to set hair into place we spray René Furterer VEGETAL FINISHING SPRAY throughout entire head. It’s a nice workable hair spray that produces the hold needed to send the models down the runway!


Photos: John M. Craig for René Furterer


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