Monday, May 17, 2010

Tim Hartley: Master Class




Louise Brooks

Some artists work in clay, others in paint; Tim Hartley works in hair. After working as the international creative director of Vidal Sassoon for 35 years, Hartley has joined forces with Davines, an Italian hair care company whose products are organic and sustainable. In their collaboration, Hartley’s concept was to take the archetypal bob and transform it through the use of color and texture. Held at James Bentley Salon on 57th Street, Hartley taught a master class for a select group of metropolitan-area hairdressers where he demonstrated his unique cutting techniques and style philosophy. While turning color and style on its ear with each hair model, Hartley riffed about his influences, design choices, and margaritas on the beach. Referencing icons like Louise Brooks, Brigitte Bardot, Mrs. Robinson, and Auntie Mame, hair was transformed from accessory to stand out.
Vidal Sassoon-trained salon owner Kane of Salon Eden in Bay Shore, NY, brought me along as his hair model. I gave him free reign over what happened next. Working with Hartley, he took my pageboy and, two hours later, turned it into a masterful, red- hot bob, a la Louise Brooks.
After the hair session, attendees and their salons met up at Davines’ conceptual dinner—where the organic ingredients of their products were incorporated into a five-course tasting menu. From the pickled ginger wrapped shrimp to the polenta with gorgonzola and spinach, the food, served by members of the Davines team, was a complex series of textures and flavors, not unlike the creations that took place earlier at the salon.
Overall the day’s events were a celebration of hair, design, and style.


modernemama said...

WOW! He turned you into a super model and you got to eat too? That's so awesome. It really is fab

Anonymous said...

You look great. Look out world here you come. The style is familiar to me. I think I've cut that doo before.

Nadine @ BDG said...

Jackson says I look evil in a good way.

Louise Brooks Society said...

Very nice haircut - needless to say, I like it a lot.

thomas gladysz
Director, Louise Brooks Society

Nadine @ BDG said...

Well that's practically a celeb endorsement-- thanks for commenting!

Laura said...

Simply stunning...ultra-chic!! Loving it Dahhhling. Did they open a seat at the Algonquin for you?

the2weekwait said...

Super fun and chic! Enjoy it!

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