Last Thursday French Cut Hair transformed their salon space into a venue suited to present Haute Couture Hair, a runway show that celebrated their one-year anniversary, as well as having recently been named one of Elle Magazine's top 100 salons. In its so far brief span of existence, the salon has made a name for itself by providing clients with distinctive, fashion-forward and versatile hairstyles using French technique (hence the name), with owner Monica Marteau having moved to Portland after growing up in the South of France and spending most of her career in Paris.
For the show, the stylists created major runway appeal by focusing not on everyday hairstyles that clients are likely to request, but instead on the possibilities presented when hair styling is treated as an art form. The packed house was treated to a series of avant garde looks that would have been fit on a runway for Gaultier or McQueen. First up was a model with hair styled into a very chic doughnut:
After that the volume and drama only went up, with styles like this hair braided into a giant basket shape:
And this cotton candy style that I'm obsessed with:
The final two looks had the models' hair (well, extensions) done up into these crazy, Phllip Treacy-esque hats:
The show was fairly short (understandable considering each hairstyle probably took weeks to create), but got the message across: French Cut Hair is all about creating fantasy with an eye toward the future. They know how to use exquisite technique and cutting-edge fashion sense to create something unexpected yet truly beautiful. Not hard to see why Elle took note.
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