Sebastian Professional has teamed up with fashion designer Mara Hoffman, which sees a Mara Hoffman for Sebastian custom scarf given away with its latest limited-edition designer gift set.
The gift pack comprises the Sebastian Professional Volupt shampoo and conditioner, along with Hoffman’s scarf, which features bold colours and graphic prints, inspired by her own spring 2013 collection, which had a SĂŁo Paulo theme. The scarf has a retail value of US$120.
Sebastian Professional lead hairstylist Thomas Dunkin says the scarf suits current trends: ‘This print is bold, beautiful and inspiring. Combine this with braids for a cool urban look or leave hair down and very natural, and tie the scarf in a bow at the crown for a more â50s vibe.’
The choice of Hoffman, with her Brazilian-themed spring collection, ties in with Sebastian’s Urban Explorer promotion, which educates consumers on different hair trends around the globe. The gift set shows step-by-step styling tricks from Dunkin as part of the promotion.
Dunkin himself had led Hoffman’s hair styling at her spring 2013 show at New York Fashion Week.
The pack will be available from Sebastian salons across the US for US$25 from MayâJune 2013.
Details of Sebastian salons can be found at www.sebastianprofessional.com.
Amid the bustling of holiday traffic, a layover, and no time for tea, I took a moment to speak with prominent talent, Yasemen Hussein. The London-based artist and creative all-star designs exceptional artworks that are both captivating to the fine art tenderfoot as well as any artistic mastermind.
As I found a quiet space nestled in a corner of the airport, a few of Husseinâs designs came to mind: from the beautifully sculpted golden shield commissioned for Will.i.am (right) to the Marie Antoinette metal wig with antlers emitting from it called, Diana, exhibited at the Museum of London in 2010, which she also categorizes as one of her proudest pieces.
Husseinâs art has intrepid layers. Whether fine-tuned in an extravagant coiled headdress or in the sparkling of Swarovski Elements (e.g. over 25,000 lavish crystals she used to create an outfit for Katy Perry’s American Idol performance of the single, âE.T.â [below]), Husseinâs pieces speak for themselves!
Outside the creative world, many people may not ponder in detail about the artist or designer behind such avant-garde works that a stage performer might wear. Some may even think it to be entirely the vision of a marketing team or performer themselves. Yet, however wonderful the end result is executed, it does start with an artistâs eye and most certainly one that can take on a mighty challenge transcending the intangible or conventional methods of design.
Every designer has a process of development, perhaps a special moment when they are entirely in the zone of their body of work. For Hussein, an alumna from the Penland School of Crafts, getting in that zone means being fully open to experiment without limitations.
âI came from a strict working class TurkishâCypriot immigrant family where I was expected to live the norm of marriage and children. The UK gave me grounding and a true understanding of the importance of research and development. Living in the US gave me the time and experience to understand âŠ to do anything I wanted without creative boundaries,’ said Hussein.
Clothing has the ability to create an image, displaying expressions of oneâs mood or style. Mere shoe choice can even make or break an outfitâs buoyancy! Then, there are forms of wearable art that need no special introduction. Itâs the one-of-a-kind bells and whistles: the statement pieces, timeless accessories, and other fashioning elements that fairly garner a worthy showcase all on their own. Husseinâs designs are just that!
With an eye for structure, an appetite for the bold and underlining ĂŠsthetic of sculpture, her art merges the love of working with diverse materials such as metal, glass, and clay. She somehow transforms the initial vision into a forward-thinking wonderland.
âI secretly love the smell of metal when it’s been heated up to a cherry red and the sound it makes when I quench it in water,’ confessed Hussein. But, donât place too much of a label on her artistic style, sheâs a designer who is awe-inspired by a multitude of things. ‘I don’t really think about it or guide myself towards something, I just do it. My style is what I gravitate to, whatever has influenced me,’ said the designer.
So, what advice would a celebrated and very down-to-earth designer give to aspiring artists? ‘You really do have to love what you do. There really is no winning formula, you have to create your own. Unfortunately it’s not always down to talent. I hate to say it, but a whole chunk is a business mind, patience, and timing,’ said Hussein.
Needless to say, this was one layover with a chock-full of inspiration that I will not forget!
You may catch more of Husseinâs (headwear) pieces currently being showcased in the must-see Head On exhibition at Fashion Space Gallery in London. She joins a roster of designers, including catwalk looks by Donna Karan, Gareth Pugh, and A. F. Vandevorst, as well as millinery works of Stephan Jones and Philip Treacy, amongst many others. The exhibition will run through March 23, 2013.
For more information visit www.yasemenhussein.com.âTamara Madison
Top Carrera y Carrera’s CĂrculos de Fuego cufflinks in silver with onyx. Above One of Curvy Kate’s designs with a black flower print, by Charlotte Davies.
Carrera y Carrera has launched a range of sterling silver cufflinks for men, with prices beginning at âŹ300.
Its CĂłrdoba collection is inspired by the architectural elements of CĂłrdoba. The La ViĂ±a collection is tied to the Mediterranean with what the brand calls a ‘Spanish spiritâsun, passion, energy, and joy.’ The AlegrĂas collection features ‘mini-sculptures with geometric reliefs inspired by the decoration of a Spanish guitar,’ while the Y collection uses the Carrera y Carrera identity.
An Asian inspiration can be found in the CĂrculos de Fuego cufflinks, while Bestiario sees lions, tigers, crocodiles, and eagles.
Meanwhile, Charlotte Davies, who graduated from the Fashion and Contour course at De Montfort University in Leicester last year, will return to her Alma Mater to judge a student competition next month.
Davies designed the swimwear line for Curvy Kate, a brand specializing in D- to K-cup lingerie. The range has gone on sale in Australia and will be sold via the UK-based Simply Beach and Lace Lingerie.
Davies graduated from De Montfort in August 2011 and had secured her job at Curvy Kate in November 2011.
Stuck on something to give the fashion person in your life?
Christchurch designers Mister have come to your rescue with a new range of jewellery using their signature scissors cast in sterling silver.
The new collection is available in limited quantities, much like their clothing.
The expansion into jewellery sees the design duo of husband and wife Mickey Lin and Ra Thomson offer something unique to their growing customer brand. It is an exciting move for the pair.
Although small, the collection of brooches, earrings, cufflinks and scissor pendant are hopefully just the start of a new venture. They are all presented in a beautiful jewellery box. This is one thing we wouldn’t mind receiving come Christmas morning.âSopheak Seng, Fashion and Beauty Editor