Session Stars

September 28, 2012 | 12:18 PM
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Photography: Roberto Ligresti
Make-up: David Maderich
Fashion styling: Bobbie Warden

The stylists attending Artist Session rarely know what they want to create on set until meeting their models at the casting on day one. “That’s where you get inspiration,” says Michael Gregg, owner of the Heaven Salon in Winchester, Virginia, who was attending the session for the first time. “Once I met my model and saw her portfolio, I knew exactly what I wanted to do.”

That is not unusual. For this last session, more than 80 models came to the casting and the artists featured on these pages found inspiration from the model’s face, hair, look and attitude.

This collection offers some of the inspired looks from MODERN’s last Artist Session.

Cheryl Williams of Abingdon, Maryland, wanted to create a lot of texture for this session.“It’s a ’60s-esque updo,” she says. “I went for a faux hawk with a lot of movement. There are multiple textures throughout which are covered with a soft wave. It’s a wearable finish and ideal for the holidays…or just for going out and having fun.” Williams used the RSession Double Barrel Waver on small sections and then ­finished with the large Rusk Bumper Iron. The Sam Villa Textur Iron was used at the scalp for volume and lift. All appliances were in the Artist Session Goody Bag.

Paulo Gregorio, Sandra Papari and Luisa Vasquez of Paulo’s Atelier in Bedford Hills, New York, were going for glamour in this session.“We wanted to do something sexy and big,” says Gregorio. “We went for lots of texture and movement.” Gregorio, Papari and Vasquez teamed up to create a bun on the top of the head, using a form. Curls were added with a Rusk curling iron and the team added a feather for a festive finish.

Michael Gregg created what he calls a “Power Bitch.” “It’s angular and structured, very androgynous. I was inspired by my model,” he says. “I wanted to make sure she could handle something strong, so I asked her lots of questions at the casting. Once I knew she could carry it off, I decided to go with contrast and do both sleek and textured in the same finish. Bottom line—it’s an old school pompadour!”

Josif Wittnik came to Artist Session prepared. “I love this coat,” he says. “It belongs to my wife. It is so full of color and texture and offers great inspiration for me. I am building the look around the coat!” Wittnik brought a hair system with him and selected a model with a different color just to work with the coat. “I integrated the models own hair through the system. It’s not really blending... that was not my goal...but ‘clashing’ the different shades and textures. It’s the next generation of ombre.” Wittnik is a huge fan of extensions, hair systems, wigs and clip ins. “Using wigs or extensions for your client...for a party or event...opens the doors for both of you and allows so many possibilities.”

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