NFW Get the Look: James Bond-Inspired Hair at Sophie Theallet by Peter Gray

What film buff doesn’t remember that iconic moment in the classic James Bond thriller, Dr. No, when screen siren Ursula Andress rose from the sparkling turquoise sea clad in a pristine white bikini, her skin golden and her hair slicked back with sea water, gleaming in the Caribbean sunlight? With René Furterer styling products at the ready, that moment was reinterpreted by the talented lead hairstylist Peter Gray for the Sophie Theallet Spring/Summer 2015 collection.

Referring to his inspiration, Peter Gray explained, “It all came from Sophie, who was really inspired by her trip to Jamaica. The hair look came by accident when we were doing the hair test and wetting the hair down with product. We were talking about doing something possibly wet, and twisting it in knots in the back.” At one point during the test the model went to change. “When she came back with her hair all wet she looked like Ursula Andress when she got out of the water in that Bond film. We’d been talking about the collection being inspired by Jamaica, and I was like, absolutely perfect — this is it!"

Get the Look:
1. "While the finished wet look will actually be dry, we begin by spraying the hair with water to make it look wet," said Gray. "Next, starting in back and working one section at a time, we apply René Furterer VOLUMEA volumizing foam – no rinse at the roots and comb it through to the ends with a wide-tooth comb.
2. Next, we mist sections with René Furterer VOLUMEA volumizing conditioning spray – no rinse and comb it through. We repeat these steps a few times, rewetting the hair with water before reapplying products. We really saturate the hair with both products to achieve the wet texture we want, and then move on to wet the hair and apply products to the sides and front, slicking hair back, away from the face.
3. "In back, we want to keep the hair from the crown to the nape of the neck tight and close to the head. To keep the weight of the hair down so that hair won’t move on the runway, we work in René Furterer ACANTHE curl enhancing leave-in fluid from the mid-lengths down to the ends. I like to rub the leave-in fluid between the palms of my hands and then smooth my hands over the hair. The ACANTHE product — again, applied only in the back, not the sides and front — also gives hair the moisture it needs for the texture we want and prevents frizz.
4. "To hold the slicked-back hair in front in place, we spray hair with René Furterer VEGETAL FINISHING SPRAY. Tracing the sectioning end of a rat-tail comb through the front emphasizes the look of running the fingers through the hair after a swim.
5. "Our next step is blow-drying the hair with a sock-style diffuser. Diffusing the hair this way delivers low heat while minimizing airflow. This means no frizz and a natural finish that looks more air-dried. We gather the hair together in back to fall into a straight line, and as we diffuse the hair we try not to touch it too much.
6. "During the diffusing process, we also take a folded rectangle of tissue and clip it to hold the hair in place just below the nape of the neck. We keep the tissue intact as the models are sent to makeup. After makeup and when models are ready for the runway, we remove the tissue and lightly finesse the hair with our hands. And there we have it — an Ursula Andress look that feels young and fresh, perfect for Sophie’s beautiful Jamaican-inspired collection."

Completing the glamorous look of island chic was the stunning makeup look by lead makeup artist Tom Pecheux for MAC, featuring a provocative nude lip and sultry eyes in glossy burgundy.

[Photo credit: John M. Craig for René Furterer]

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