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Hair Expo Exclusive: 2015 New Zealand Hairdresser of the Year finalist Sara Allsop

Is there anyone aside from Mick Jagger who so completely embodies the term “Rockstar”? From his onstage antics to his private affairs, Jagger exhibits just about every stereotypical behavior associated with the rockstar lifestyle. Not at all excluded is his love of (numerous) beautiful women. Marianne Faithfull, Jerry Hall, Bianca Jagger—the list is long and distinguished. While Jagger would go on to date numerous women in the decades to follow, the “Women of Mick 1960-1970s” were the primary focus of Sara Allsop’s New Zealand Hairdresser of the Year finalist collection for Sydney Hair Expo.

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I should think that being my old lady would be all the satisfaction or career any woman needs. — Mick Jagger

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While there could be many perks to being involved with a globally recognized musician, one can only speculate on the many difficulties that would come along with it. It is this fascinating dichotomy that is explored in this collection. Allsop started gathering materials and inspiration for this collection six months in advance and took her inspirational cues from the shape of hair from the 1960s and 1970s.

This entire collection is awash in opulent glamour, tinged with just a hint of melancholy. While each model is coiffed to perfection and dressed to the nines, they are all also alone, placed in a darkened corner staring off into space. Allsop cites her favorite image in the collection, telling us, “I quite like the simplicity of the peach bob. The models skin looks amazing and the shape of the outfit works wonderfully with the mood of the concept.” This the shot that I personally find particularly striking. Clad only in the symbol of her excessive lifestyle, she appears beautiful, but wilting. Like a flower left to bloom in an empty room with no one watching. A haunting image of a woman who got exactly what she asked for and now wonders if that’s what she really wanted at all.


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