Mahogany – Salon Live
The idiosyncratic theatricality of the 1980s New Romantic scene inspired Mahogany’s latest collection, The Kilter Klub, which was showcased for the first time on the Salon Live stage at Salon International.
Taking their cue from the creatively diverse subculture and the idea of twisting the traditional, the collection heroed rule-breaking techniques across cut and colour – “because pretty is more powerful when it comes with an edge," said International Creative Director, Colin Greaney.
Further inspiration came from the conceptual fashion designer Sharon Ezra, whose label Wilde Vertigga takes an experimental approach that highlights the harmony between asymmetric shapes and imperfection, inspired by the non-conformist thinking of Oscar Wilde.
These decidedly off-kilter themes were translated into hair through sections that were purposefully off centre, long-to-short disconnection, and detailing that felt intentionally DIY, with finished looks including trademark Mahogany crops and bobs and the eternally in-demand mullet and shag shapes – a great way for clients to maintain long hair, while still providing interest and individuality.
Although the inspirations for the collection were rooted in the avant garde, the techniques were resolutely commercial, with the team stressing the importance of mastering the fundamentals and finessing the seven classic Mahogany cuts, as well as creating beautiful, desirable colour to support salon business. “We take it to the edge on stage,” explained UK Creative Director, Antony Licata, “but it’s underlined with commercially-driven techniques and healthy, expensive-looking colour.”
The team presented nine models in total with looks featuring internal offset layering techniques, sporadic texturising and internal disconnection, for highly individual styles that heroed their model muses. “We create looks based on personality and preference,” said Creative Director, Neil Atkinson. “Ultimately, that’s what matters.”
Colours were contrasting but complementary, ranging from shimmering metallic pink and violet coppers, through to Blondie-inspired platinum and a steel grey featuring an outline perimeter of inky black.
With a focus on highly personalised looks reflecting the individuality of both the post-punk scene and the current generation of empowered and assured young people, The Kilter Klub provided boundless inspiration while remaining absolute to the Mahogany Hairdressing cut and colour philosophy.