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March 1, 2020

New York state of mind

Michael went to New York mid February to assist backstage at New York Fashion Week on 6 shows for the AW2020 season. These are his top 5 hilights. Jump on his Instagram @michaelbeelhair for more images from behind the scenes.

1.Zadig and Voltaire show.

This show was held off site in a cool industrial building in Soho by the Hudson River. This label epitomises cool French girl vibes and the hair was a dirty beach wave.... nothing too contrived or too much product. Classic “it” girl hair. The hair Director was a guy called Laurent Phillipon whom I’ve followed on Instagram for ages and he is definitely a fashion week hair icon.... so working with him and having one of my hair dreams come true definitely made my day
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2.Area show

This show was held right at the top of Central Park almost in Harlem and omg it was bling central. This label is worn by the likes of Beyoncé and Ariana Grande, Rihanna was sitting front row and when you end up pinning in these amazing jewelled hair wigs on top of beautiful girls the result was drop dead gorgeous. Assisting another hair Director I admire Jawara and seeing he is one of the most calm and humblest of men was inspiring. I was so tempted at the end of the show to put one of those jewelled pieces into my bag but alas I behaved lol.

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3.Veronica Beard Show
Working with one of my favourite hair directors Peter Gray , whom I’ve worked with before, was awesome. He’s genuinely a really nice guy and ended up entrusting me with the classic models from sports Illustrated like Hillary Rhoda, Anne Veck and NZ Victoria Secret Angel Georgia Fowler. Once again the hair for this wasn’t too contrived and just putting in subtle movement with hot tongs. Pleasure working with some of the worlds most beautiful women. And this show featured on the Vogue website.
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4.The streets of New York.
What’s not too love... it’s so easy getting around and it’s such a walkable city. Laid out in a grid and the streets are pretty much all numbers so very easy to work out where you need to go. Iconic buildings such as the Flatiron building, Empire State, Chrysler Building and Central Park all look amazing even in winter. I stayed midtown/Chelsea area so handy to walk to Times Square, Moma and the Met Museum as well as downtown to Soho and the Meatpacking district where Fashion Week was mainly held.
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5. The shopping and the food
Omg where do I start.... shopping, anything and everything from designer labels to sale racks in the department stores. I was staying a block from Macy’s , the worlds biggest department store, and boy did it live up to its name... I got lost so many times and took me about 20 minutes to get out of the building. But when you get a piece of Gucci at 80% off it’s worth it hahaha. Soho is where you want to go for the more high end brands like Alexander Wang and I ended up shopping up large in the Y3 store.
I love Mexican food and it’s so much better in the states than here. I ate at this cool place called Tacombi which stated just as a little food truck and is now in about 4 locations.... I could of just ate the corn esquites all day everyday. And I love Wholefoods, a massive organic high end type of supermarket that was about two blocks from my hotel.... great for picking up snacks for on the go and those early morning starts to fuel you to explore the city that never sleeps.
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