As the build up to London Fashion Week is well under way we catch up with Nicky Clarke, and get the hairdressers view point of one of the most anticipated weeks in the fashion calendar. If you are an aspiring hair dressers, look out for some of Nicky’s key tips and advice on how to break into the session world and getting involved with Fashion Week.
Q. How did you get into working at Fashion Week?
I did lots of little shows in my hometown when I was younger that I used to put on myself. This was a great platform for me, I did practically everything wrong but you learn from your mistakes. When I was in Australia I was working on in-house Chanel shows and fashion shows for MYER the department store chain. I then got noticed by an agent. I did a lot of my own stuff in London and then started working with Malcolm Edwards and did everything with him for a couple of years. Although I wasn’t heading it up I learned a lot and then ultimately you get noticed by the designers, Matthew Williamson being one and that’s how it all started.
Assisting is where it’s at. You need to assist and then you will learn the dynamics or running a show; it’s a serious production you can’t just rock up. I observed Malcolm for so long and obviously when I was younger I had Nicky, two of the best frontmen, I just listened and asked questions none stop. I never actually sought to do shows or celebrities, it sort of found me, all I wanted to do was do hair, simple as. What’s great about salon, shows, shoots and celebrity is that in their own they’re different because you approach them with a different point of view each time.
Q. What’s your favourite thing about working at Fashion Week?
At the start you’re going into the unknown and at the end you’re coming out (ideally) as an expert on the season. You should go into each season with a blank canvas and be open to any feeling and interpret it as you will – that’s how I do it anyway. Of course, you know you’re references and you should know what happened during the last few seasons, that just stays with you, but to truly make your mark you should look at that one show and that one show alone. Some of the best trends in fashion have been those that were never pre planned. It’s the unknown and interpretation that turn me on at Fashion Week.