Geometric Reflections show at LCT19Art Team .
Being called upon to put on an opening show at L’Oréal Colour Trophy Grand Final is A Very Big Thing. And when our creative director Luke Pluckrose was invited to interpret Kaleidescopic Colour he had a ‘kid in a candy shop’ kinda moment, which then turned into several months in the making, with the help of Saks Art Team members Clare Murphy and Sarah Clarke-Lees.
So what’s L’Oréal Colour Trophy?
LCT is the longest running live hair competition in the world, annually showcasing some of the brightest hairdressing talents from across the UK. We’re a longstanding partner of L’Oréal and believe us, the grand finale is a night of a thousand hairdressing stars so it was an absolute privilege to be called on to set the scene.
Luke says: “I chose to deconstruct the kaleidoscope into geometric reflections, working with three key elements – chrome, glass and geometric patterns.”
For the Hollywood Bob, 3000 blonde hair grips were sprayed chrome and individually moulded into place to represent the iconic vintage bob of the 1920s. This wig practically undulated!
For the Bouncy Afro Luke wanted to emulate the movement of big, curly hair when you walk. Pssst… it’s made of reflective bendy mirror sheeting (good old Ebay), chopped into long strips which were then folded– yup, just like at school – then skewered with wire and bent into lots of different directions.
This idea came from the social trend of sharing videos of super sleek ‘glass hair’ moving and reflecting light. Taking this literally, Luke recreated the One Length with Fringe silhouette and the celebrity-fave High Pony from clear chandelier glass droplets in iridescent coatings.
In any kaleidoscope there’s darkness and this was represented by 3D geometric wigs in homage to Amy’s beehive and Marilyn’s set bob. Luke worked with 3D designers who created geometric shapes and hollow frames to which hair wefts coloured by Sarah were painstakingly added – 1452 individual triangles completed the two shapes.
Lights were added to illuminate the creations from within and when the venue was plunged into darkness the shapes and patterns of the wigs really did take centre stage!
Hair by Saks Art Team
Luke Pluckrose, Creative Director
Sarah Clarke-Lees of Saks Poulton
Mary Yeomans of Saks Kings Hill
Zoe Chamberlain of Saks Lincoln
Sophie Vaughan of Saks Lincoln
Jack Darragh of Saks Exeter
The totally brilliant Lan Grealis
About Zoe and Sophie of Saks Lincoln
Our two are no strangers backstage, having assisted regularly since completing Saks A-Team creative programme. Zoe says: “My fave is the Ariana-inspired glass high pony. The way the light made it all sparkle was blinding. It was an honour to work backstage on this one and to help the big man showcase his stunning creations to the hair industry!”
Sophie says: “Ok so this is the highlight of my career – I’m so proud of our Art Team! I loved the diamond wigs – which I actually had a cheeky try on myself! The way it shone in the light and noise of the glass droplets when walking was incredible!”
About Jack of Saks Exeter
Apprentice Jack’s just starting his hair career with Saks and asked if he could join the team backstage helping in any way, shape or form. And he did just that.
Jack says: “Can’t believe I got the chance to see Saks Art Team at work and to help out where I could. A great insight into how intense yet enjoyable styling at that level is. I’ve come back to the salon so motivated to learn and progress! My fave looks were 3D Monroe and Winehouse. I think they were different to anything anyone had seen before and the amount of creativity, work and planning that went into them is incredible!”
Bravo to everyone involved – you did us proud. xx