W Salon introduces Linear Collection for hair
Nadine Kam photos
Angela Byrd, center, in one of W Salon's avant garde styles.
W Salon at Ala Moana Center presented "Innovation with Style," a show of its Linear Collection for spring and summer 2012, on March 21 on Center Stage.
Hawaii being Hawaii, very conservative fashion-wise, you're not going to see much avant-garde from designers hoping for beaucoup sales, so it took a salon to bring it.
W Salon creative director Thi Nguyen and his staff showed color, glamour, men's and avante garde styles in a dramatic showcase that had the audience transfixed throughout.
One of the points he made is that hair today "is not about pretty," but about individualism. I think most women would fear that statement because we do want to look pretty, but, just as with clothing, pretty is rarely interesting. A pretty dress might win coos from other women and looks from men, but a fashion person would just go "meh."
Bold color was shown throughout, including ombre orange effects in keeping with the year's color trend. The stylists covered a variety of techniques, from extensions to modern perms that look effortless, as if you just took a curling iron to a few locks.
By the end of the show, I wanted a hair change. One of the styles reminded me of the very linear Aeon Flux 'do I had in the '90s, though it's been updated here with bands and layers of dramatic color.
Of course such a commitment would lead to a wardrobe overhaul. I amassed a lot of pretty dresses that just don't go with an assassin's hair.
A lot of Hawaii models have moved to the mainland over the past couple of years, so it was nice to see Brigitte Patton back on stage as a co-emcee with Star 101.9's Hudson.
W Salon's models with creative director Thi Nguyen at left.
More avant garde styles. Former Miss Hawaii Teen USA Courtney Coleman looks pretty fierce at right.
Caleb Shinobi, center, helped dress the avant garde models in some of designer Reise Kochi's creations.