Note from the KeraGirls: International Creative Team Member Abraham Sprinkle describes his experiences working as a session stylist during New York Fashion Week.
The fall 2015 Fashion Week was something new for even the most experienced session stylist, as this was the first year all the shows were not held in one central location (Lincoln Center). I relate this to when Earth had a super continent that was broken into the different continents—in this case, sites in Chelsea, midtown, Soho and even as far as Brooklyn.
It seemed as if the fashion world was a bit scattered—much like disrupting an ant line. Still, the same chaotic yet incredible energy filled the city. I was a bit surprised how, despite all the separate venues, everything still worked in harmony as if it were under one tent.
Spotting trends at NYFW
With established names, rising stars and new designers all on board to show their spring/summer 2016 collections, the trends were being set.
This year we are still seeing a big influence of braids, whether it was the dominant look for a runway show or added as an accessory to the style. The classic and foolproof low ponytail also hit the runways, as it does every year. (Styling note: Most would think a clean pony is the easiest to do, but in actuality if done correctly, it’s one of the most technically difficult.) As far as trends for hair seen on the runways, it was nothing risky but more classic and safe. Makeup seemed to be where the adventure was taken, with unconventional lined eyes and the presence of black lipstick being spotted.
Enjoying the process of styling the hair for designers
Besides taking in all the fashions during Fashion Week, the one thing I truly enjoy is seeing the happiness and excitement of a stylist working backstage for the first time. It reminds me of my own debut, and refreshes my passion for what I do.
Something magical happens when a hair direction, such as a chignon or pony, is given to the stylists. With a gazillion people backstage going every which way, nothing can break their concentration as they work on the styles. Moments like this should remind us to never get bored or take for granted what opportunities we have.
After 12-plus hours of exhausting backstage work—lack of food and sunlight, jockeying for space, getting 20 models done within a 30-minute time span—the newcomers go back to their hotel rooms with a smile on their face.
Working as a team during Fashion Week
The experience I always love about Fashion Week is beyond fashion and trend, but more about the collaboration and teamwork by people who have never worked with one another. Oftentimes, direction is given minutes before, and everyone must learn to adapt it to what they know—much like learning another language quickly.
You will have a complete stranger helping you, whether it’s holding hairpins or securing a style with hairspray. It’s a place where ego has no room because at the end of it, your product (hairstyle or makeup) is not the star: the designer’s collection is.
I always enjoy walking away knowing new people, and also knowing that whenever I see a new style on the street—even if it’s just a Chanel or Dior purse—maybe, in some small way, the hair the team created for a show helped sell it!