As more than 500 people packed the Royal Festival Hall’s Clore Ballroom on Monday night, 106 metres of plaited hair was being styled on 15 models in the buzzing backstage area, with only 15 minutes to go until the first model opened the Alchemy fashion show! It was a smashing debut for The Coterie’s 17-strong session team, all lead by session superstars Kathryn Dartnell and Andrew-Thomas Corbett. Without the pressure of London Fashion Week, but with all the stress of last minute preparations on models for make-up artists, dressers, stylists, and show co-ordinators, the team pulled together and created two modern yet traditional styles, with thick coils of braids and vertiginous towers of plaits that wowed designers Prashant Verma, Gauraw Jai Gupta, Morphe by Amit Aggarwal and Sanjay Garg… and left the front row in awe!
Meet the team
Front row from left to right: Vicki Bailey, Loaf; Casey Coleman, Ocean Hairdressing; freelancer George Akkad; Jemma Stafford, The Fantastic Hairdresser Salon; Melanie Pease, Regis; Rose Plamer, Paul Falltrick Hairdressing; Alex Garcia, Headlines; freelancers Kathryn Dartnell and Andrew-Thomas Corbett; and Katy Grimshaw, Medusa.
Back row from left to right: Ryan Wood, Richardsons; Jason Crozier, No. 74 Hair & Beauty; Jenny Persson, RUSH London; Lee Boone, Percy & Reed; Arash Moghaddami, Karine Jackson Hair & Beauty; freelancer Rachel Pilkington; and Jodie Austen, Clifton Hair Studio.