As London emerges out of lockdown and settles into the ‘new normal’, it’s great seeing the beauty and fashion industry getting inventive in order to make things happen. Talking invention, Virtual London Fashion Week took place between Friday 12 June and Sunday 14 June 2020 and we couldn’t help but notice some stunning images from the Nabil Nayal virtual show, with hair by John Vial for Revlon Professional.
This is Revlon Professional’s third season supporting Nabil Nayal, their first protégé from Revlon Professional and The British Fashion Trust Collaboration. Nabil’s A/W collection was inspired by looking at his 10-year archive through a blue lense. While a backdrop of historical references in particular Elizabethan craftsmanship informs this collection, the colour blue was partly inspired by French Artist Yves Klein Blue. It enhances Nabil’s own obsession with a monochromatic black and white aesthetic. Historically an extremely hard colour to create, blue has always been seen as a non-colour similar to black and white. In fact, until relatively recently blue didn’t exist – ancient languages didn’t have a word for it, it doesn’t appear often in nature, adding a certain mystery to the hue.
John Vial, Revlon Professional Global Influencer explains “The hair captures a contemporary Elizabethan vibe. We wanted to reference Nabil’s obsession with Elizabethan craftsmanship through the use of pleats and powerful silhouettes, contrasting Yves Klein Blue influences, which is Nabil’s key hue this season, and white together for a directional silhouette.” We approve.
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