Hew Locke - House of Windsor Series, 2002-present
Hew Locke – House of Windsor Series, 2002-present

Hew Locke is a British contemporary visual artist whose work spans all mediums. Amongst his sculptures is an ongoing series called House of Windsor that he started in 2002. His use of found objects and shrubbery to depict Queen Elizabeth II’s head takes me back to the first time I saw Jeff Koons’ Topiary Dog seated in front of the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao as a child.

Hew Locke - House of Windsor Series, 2002-present
Hew Locke – House of Windsor Series, 2002-present

I vaguely recall a fashion spread a few month’s back that used Locke’s How Do You Want Me series (pictured below) as inspiration to showcase the abundance of patterns for Fall.

Hew Locke - Tyger Tyger, 2007
Hew Locke – Tyger, Tyger from How Do You Want Me? 2007

It is that time again to talk about hair. Although Locke’s art is striking, no one likes their own hair to feel as dry as arid flowers and leaves, which is why Paul Mitchell’s Crunch-Free Curl Definer (pictured below) is a lifesaver come winter. The dual-formula made of hydrating cream and smoothing gel tames hair and banishes frizz. For the final leg of Paul Mitchell’s Truth About Curls Campaign ‘like’ the facebook page here or click to submit your own Curl Confession and the chance to win four must-have products.

Paul Mitchell - Twirl Around
Paul Mitchell’s Twirl Around

Hat Hair - Jean Paul Gaultier Fall/Winter 2006 Couture
Jean Paul Gaultier Fall/Winter 2006

I am always awestruck looking back at the hair and makeup in Jean Paul Gaultier runway shows. Between the hair top hats from Fall/Winter 2006 couture or the hair crowns that adorned a few lucky models’ heads walking in Gaultier’s Fall/Winter 2007 couture show, nothing screams couture quite like a custom hat or crown of hair.

Hat Hair - Jean Paul Gaultier Fall/Winter 2007 Couture
Jean Paul Gaultier Fall/Winter 2007

Similarly, late Japanese pop artist Nagi Noda was made famous by her hair sculpture hats. The unisex headpieces were most notably featured in her AMAZING Poodle Workout Video and then in multiple collaborations thereafter. Noda’s animal hair hats is her most famous series, including a lion, bear, birds and a dog among many others.

Hat Hair - Nagi Noda
Hair by Nagi Noda

Hat Hair - Nagi Noda
Hair by Nagi Noda

Whether you wear a crown atop your head or are eating a bowl of hair spaghetti Nagi Noda-style, no one likes frizz. Luckily, Paul Mitchell’s Ultimate Wave Gel Cream (pictured below) is here for your hair’s every need. Beachy waves are no longer solely for the summer months but can now be achieved during the driest winter days thanks to a great product. There is nothing better than a head of texture-filled frizz-free hair all year round. Once you use Paul Mitchell’s Ultimate Wave Cream-Gel to achieve summer-like waves sans the beach it is time to go social. Submit a pic of your Curl Confession on facebook HERE or to twitter using the hashtag #curlconfession.

Hat Hair - Ultimate Wave

Curl Control - Haya and Sama Abu Khadra
Haya and Sama Abu Khadra

You can’t talk curls during fashion week and not mention street style-fixtures Haya and Sama Abu Khadra. The duo’s signature manes have been sitting front row for season now while on buying trips for their Saudi Arabia-based lifestyle boutique. No two identical twins have garnered this much buzz since Diane Arbus’ portrait Identical Twins, taken in 1967 (pictured below).

Curl Control - Identical Twins, Diane Arbus
Identical Twins, Roselie, NJ 1967 © The Estate of Diane Arbus

I previously featured the work of French duo Les Lalanne HERE last week, but the pair’s sheep series is their most celebrated body of work. The furry sculptures were made famous in part by Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Berge and have been coveted by Lalanne-lovers ever since. Regardless of their beauty, sometimes even Lalanne sheep can have a bad fur day, but now there is a shampoo that can fix that…

Curl Control - Lalanne Sheep
Sheep by Les Lalanne

If you have curls like the Abu Khadra sisters or feel like you are wearing a Lalanne sheep atop your head Paul Mitchell has the answer. As part of Mitchell’s The Truth About Curls campaign one of the four new products launched is a Spring Loaded Detangling Shampoo. This rich lather is perfect for gently cleansing curls and preparing them for a frizz-free finish and shine. To try all of the new products for yourself ‘like’ The Truth About CurlsFacebook page and use the “Find a Salon” locator tool to track down a salon near you. Happy shampooing!

Curl Control - Spring Loaded Detangling Shampoo
Paul Mitchell’s Spring Loaded Detangling Shampoo

Nick Cave Soundsuit
Soundsuit by Nick Cave

When I think hair I think of performance artist Nick Cave and his amazing Soundsuits. Even before Cave’s Where The Wild Things Are feature in the September issue of Harper’s Bazaar his influence in the fashion world has been evident for seasons now. His furry creations preceded everything from Martin Margiela’s famous SS09 Wig Coat to Alexander Wang’s gothic Installation 10 currently on display in his Mercer Street flagship store.

Nick Cave Soundsuits
Soundsuits by Nick Cave

While Cave’s designs can do no wrong it is time for the fashion world to bid adieu to stick-straight hair ensembles and embrace curls, just as I have for fall. Paul Mitchell’s The Truth About Curls campaign is to thank for my swift transition from relaxed beach hair to a tamed Diana Ross-esque mane. It is important to love your hair and take care of it. That is why Paul Mitchell launched The Truth About Curls campaign and corresponding curl-specific treatments. Of the four amazing new products, my go-to for fashion week will be Paul Mitchell’s Frizz-Free Curl Therapy. My hair already has a healthy wave so any conditioner that hydrates and tames frizz without weighing hair down is a perfect match for me. To learn more about The Truth About Curls campaign and to submit your own Curl Confessions be sure to visit the website and Facebook page… Maybe Nick Cave will even embrace the movement towards curls and construct a curly Soundsuit in honor of the campaign!

Frizz-Free Curl Therapy
Paul Mitchell’s Frizz-Free Curl Therapy