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W Salon introduces Linear Collection for hair

March 26th, 2012

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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.

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W Salon's models with creative director Thi Nguyen at left.


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wavantMore avant garde styles. Former Miss Hawaii Teen USA Courtney Coleman looks pretty fierce at right.

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wavantcCaleb Shinobi, center, helped dress the avant garde models in some of designer Reise Kochi's creations.

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