Kate Spade Fall 2011 Collection Hair

It was Swinging London supermodel Jean Shrimpton who inspired the fashion, hair and make-up at the intimate presentation of the Kate Spade New York Fall 2011 Collection. Think Jean Shrimpton meets Grace Kelly for Breakfast at Tiffany’s. “We took direction from the iconic photographs taken by David Bailey of his most famous muse, Jean Shrimpton, so the overall look definitely has a mod ‘60s vibe,” said the show’s fashion stylist Brad Goreski.

From a little black dress with a romantically ruffled neckline to swingy silhouettes in an explosion of bright lipstick colors, to ladylike cardigans and nipped-in, beautifully cut trench coats, Creative Director Deborah Lloyd’s collection captured what Kate Spade New York is renowned for: “retro debutante chic.”

The nod to Carnaby Street started at the top, with hair playfully coiffed into Shrimpton-style loose waves and side ponytails by celebrity stylist Matthew Monzon of Exclusive Artists Management. To create his fresh, modern take on mod style, Matthew and his team relied exclusively on styling products by René Furterer. “The interpretation is sexy, but a little looser than Shrimpton’s style. And because the make-up by make-up artist Romy is such a LOOK—black liquid liner and bright coral lips—we kept the hair easy and free.” Here’s how Matthew pushed the cool chic of the ‘60s into the easy elegance of the moment.

Rock the Look:

« First, I lightly misted hair with water, and then sprayed it René Furterer Fioravanti Shine Enhancing No Rinse Detangling Spray, working it through to prep hair for styling.

« Next, I smoothed the ends with a little René Furterer Myrrhea No Rinse Silkening Fluid. I pumped out a generous amount of René Furterer Vegetal Mousse—the size of a snowball—and emulsified it in my hands.

« Then I worked the mousse through hair as I rough-dried it, using my hands and my T-3 blow-dryer. This creates volume with staying power. Mousse got a bad rap in the ‘80s because it left hair crunchy. But the Vegetal Mousse is one of my favorite products because it has shine enhancers and leaves hair silky.

« Once hair was dry, I used my medium-barrel Hot Tools curling iron to make loose waves. I left hair smoother at the crown, taking sections starting from the ear downward. I left the last inch and a half of each section uncurled so that the finished wave wouldn’t be too springy.

« After all sections were curled, I gathered hair into a low side ponytail and secured it with an elastic band. I kept the crown close to the head, but not too flat. The idea was to make hair look as if the girls had raked their fingers through their hair.

« Then I wrapped a small section of hair around the elastic and slipped in a small, one-inch bobby pin to hold the section in place.


« A dab of René Furterer Karité Intense Nourishing Conditioning Cream lightly worked into the ends added definition and shine. Last, I gave hair a misting of René Furterer Vegetal Finishing Spray, lightly ruffling hair with my fingers to keep it light and airy.

« For the hair looks that were left long and loose—no ponytail—I simply worked my fingers through each model’s hair as I sprayed it with Vegetal Finishing Spray—again, to achieve a beautiful, weightless look.