Hair: Jose Garcia
Photographer: David Arnal
Makeup Artist: Isabel García
Fashion: Aaron Gil
Working on My Black Belt
I just finished two seasons of the YouTube/Netflix series, “Cobra Kai,” which picks up 30 years after “The Karate Kid” left off. My sister-editor, Stacey Soble, said I’d get a kick out of it (pun intended), and I do, especially the 80s references. The story, in basic terms, is about redemption and that our past can inform our future, but it doesn’t have to determine it.
This same theme—looking back to find what you need to move ahead—is echoed in this issue’s cover image, which is from a collection by Jose Garcia Peluqueros, a salon group in Pamplona, Spain, under the creative direction of Jose Garcia.
The name of the collection, “Las Replicantes” (or The Replicants), was a term used in the 1982 film, “Blade Runner,” to describe bioengineered beings.
Garcia says he’s playing on the other meaning of replicate, meaning to copy, and reminding us that everything, at some point, is a reinvention of something that came before. Fashion and hair trends are the same. The past serves as inspiration for future developments.
In this issue, we feature a collection from the Ammon Carver Studio which was created with a digital sketch pen, combining past and present techniques in the creative process.
“Many of us begin our hair designs with a sketch pad and pencil, sketching silhouettes to design a cohesive collection,” says Carver “Since we can’t work with real models and real hair as easily these days, we decided to flip the tables and do things the other way around.”
We also hear from stylists who have discovered new strengths, and have been brave enough to make changes, even to start over, in the middle of a pandemic.
Finally, in keeping with the karate-theme, another movie, “Napoleon Dynamite,” reminds me to always take time to thank the teachers. To everyone who, at some point in your life, pointed you to the dojo that was right for you. Who showed you that the past is where you learned the lessons, and that now is when you apply them.
Bow to your Sensei, whoever that may be.
Anne Moratto, Director of Brand Content Strategy, MODERN SALON