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Introducing MATERIAL WORLD by Saks Art Team. The show that opened our Saks Gathering in January was the one to beat! According to our creative director Luke Pluckrose, in a MATERIAL WORLD reclaimed and repurposed materials are the substances from which hair can be made.


Luke says: “For this year’s show we sought inspiration from Alexander McQueen’s 2009 collection ‘Horn of Plenty’ when the British fashion industry’s most controversial designer transformed trash into beautiful clothing. In turn, we chose to explore the use of diverse materials – fibres, metals and fur – to create ‘couture hair’.”

Months in the (wig)making by Luke and Art Teamers Sarah Clarke-Lees and Clare Murphy resulted in an unconventional collection which wowed the 500+ crowd and kicked off an exciting year for the creatives at Saks.

To a pounding beat the models sauntered down the runway with a paper beehive, wavy pins ‘fro, metallic cotton bob, fur crop and more – showcasing what can be achieved when Saks Art Team gets to play.

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When Saks Art Team’s putting on a show know that our lead MUA Hollie Simpson’s backstage too, providing stunning makeup looks to compliment the head-turning hair.

Hollie says: “I didn’t want the faces of the models to disappear under the big hair wigs so I created a big eye using Nouveau Lashes on the top and bottom of the eyes lids, I opted for Pierre Renè make up for their strong pigments, and used Red Wine, for a dark high gloss lip to balance the look.

I love working with Luke and the Saks Art Team as we get to be creative, seeing all the hard work pull together at the end is truly satisfying.”

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This year Hollie was assisted by Amy Dolphin of Saks Bishop Auckland, Alice Wilson and Natalie Smith of Saks Beauty Halifax and Clare Neal of Saks Beauty Teesside.

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For the ‘Wavy Pins Fro’ hairdressers’ pins were used en masse to create a unique form.
The long blonde ‘Goldilocks’ wig consists of 500 metres of gold plated chain jewellry.

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As well as providing advanced short courses, Saks Art Team runs an annual avant-garde programme – Saks A-Team. Selected Saks stylists get the chance to spend time being mentored by Luke and the team. 2017’s lucky few also explored the art of wig-making, assisted backstage and learnt all aspects of shooting a final collection.

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Sarah Clarke-Lees was invited to join Saks Art Team in 2016 having previously completed the A-Team programme.

Sarah says: “Being on Saks Art Team means I work with creative minds and am given the opportunity to push my boundaries. Luke’s vision for MATERIAL WORLD was insanely brilliant… a hair show with no hair! The challenge was real by the way – but there’s nothing like that buzz when it comes together and inspires our stylists!”

Taking a bow

Taking a bow

Luke concludes: “DON’T WORRY, no animals were hurt in the production of this hair collection; all fur used is, of course, faux.”

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Saks Art Team is available for editorial shoots, shows, events and bespoke advanced training short courses – seminars, talks, and large or small groups. Please contact Saks Training UK on 01325 341 621.

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