In a celebration of our First Nations fashion, the Indigenous Fashion Projects Runway (IFP), took to Gadigal Land to showcase looks from five of Australia’s leading designers. Styled by Rhys Ripper, the show presented collections by Kirrikin, Liandra Swim, Maara Collective, Native Swimwear and Ngali.
Redken’s Kristy Hodgson, industry expert and hair director for the show, worked closely with the designers to create the hair moment.
“There’s five different designers, but they have a great stylist called Rhys and he has created a story,” Hodgson said backstage at the show. The sleek mid-rise ponytail turned heads, with hair so glossy it gave the impression the models were walking out of the water.
“We popped our Redken Blow Out Gel through the hair and we’ve given the hair a really strong, directional blow dry. Through the ends we kept it nice and straight and smooth.” Hodgson and her team of expert hair stylists then used a flat bristle brush to pull the hair back then “tied off our ponytail and popped a little small piece of hair around the elastic band.” Go in with a good spray of Redken Triple Take 32 hairspray.
“We really ironed those ends and then we’ve gone through with our Redken Shine Flash Spray to make the hair super, super shiny, so she really is glowing and looking like she’s up north.”
Speaking with Gritty Pretty prior to the show, Redken Hair Insider, fashion stylist Deni Todorovič, explained that Indigenous Fashion Projects was a “really crucial show”.
“We have so many great Indigenous Australian designers and the Indigenous Fashion Projects runway is a really beautiful moment of celebration and of honouring the First Nations people of this country and certainly of the fashion industry.”