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16 Sep

Fashion Week Q&A: Celeb Hairstylist Dishes On Next Spring's Dos

Posted by Bikini Owner

What girl doesn’t love the glamour of New York Fashion Week? It’s glitzy, electrifying, and one week where the best of the best in fashion and beauty flock to one beautiful city to work their magic.
Lauren Bates is one such hairstylist whose work has caught the eye of celebrities, photographers, and designers from coast to coast. As if that wasn’t impressive enough, she’s also a close collaborator with designer and Project Runway alum, Michael Costello who will be headling a show at Lincoln Center on Tuesday, Sept. 9. 
Our Bikini Girl of the Month Jordan Wessel caught up with Bates just before she jetted off to NYC. Check out the Q&A below!
How does it feel to be styling hair at fashion week? That’s a huge accomplishment!
I have been a stylist for seven years now. I always dreamed of taking my career in the direction of, what my industry calls, session styling ... working fashion shows, editorial photo shoots, and event styling. Last year, I decided to write down crazy goals for myself. They were goals that I thought I was five to 10 years from reaching. Working New York Fashion Week was my biggest and seemingly most difficult to achieve. I’m still in shock that I’m doing hair backstage at NYFW this year!
What was your very first runway show like?
I was booked as a key stylist for Phoenix Fashion Week’s Spring Into Fashion Show. It was very hectic and was a major reality check of what working backstage was really like. But I was addicted to the backstage madness. Staying on time, pleasing the designer, and making sure the team was executing the look correctly was the easy part. The high stress part was quick-changing models that walked for multiple shows. A model could be coming from a show with red paint in her hair and she would need to have straight, clean, natural hair in 15 minutes for the next show.  I love those challenges, because they force me to be extremely creative.
You've collaborated quite a bit with celebrity designer Michael Costello. How is working with the guy responsible for Beyoncé’s stunning sheer-and-lace white gown from the Grammy’s?
I have to admit, I was totally starstruck when I first met Michael. We clicked right away and it was clear that we shared a similar work ethic. At my first shoot with him, we shot from early morning until about 11 p.m., and I couldn’t even sleep once I got home, because I was so excited. Since then, we have worked on many projects together and continue to do so.  I am beyond proud of him for showing at NYFW this year in the Lincoln Center!
NYFW holds the keys to next spring's big trends. What can we expect for hair? 
Next spring is continuing the effortless, lived-in hair trend, but with an edge. Cuts will collarbone length and shaggy. For the more daring girl, disconnected cuts are very in—perfect for subtle shock value. It’s about forgetting the rules, throwing away all your hot tools, and embracing your natural texture.