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| November 26, 2020

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Joanne Charlton

Leeds University’s event space, The Refectory, played host to the annual University RAG Fashion show: Wanderlust. And there were 25 Westrow stylists from across its eight salon group working tirelessly backstage to craft on-trend locks for more than 60 models.

Now in its 10th year the event aims to raise much-needed funds for local charities by profiling the latest trends from independent clothing retailers and established up-and-coming designers from the city.

The night began with an impressive VIP reception of cocktails, canapés, a fun photo-booth courtesy of Red Bull and exclusive goody bags including American Apparel accessories.

This year the shows took inspiration from exotic locations from around the world with designers unveiling different interpretations to the delight of the crowds. Designers such as ASOS, Masato Jones and emerging talent, Casper Oliver, were among the labels taking to the catwalk, along with Leeds-based clothing stores, Accent and Best.

Backstage, 25 superstar session stylists from Yorkshire based salon group, Westrow, were on hand to ensure all 62 models were styled to perfection. Westrow were tasked in creating a total of eight distinctive styles throughout the event, including Amazonian Wild and Burnt Earth with stylists using a selection of products from the Sexy Hair styling range to carefully craft their looks.

Four sub-teams of five stylists were headed up by senior stylists from each of Westrow’s eight salons and overseen by artistic team members, Matthew Sutcliffe and Carly Aplin. Hair was skilfully crafted into loose waves and random plaits, before being backcombed for a sixties vibe, crimped, secured into sleek, high ponys, and woven intricately with gold thread.

The hair perfectly complemented the makeup, which was skilfully crafted by HD Brows in association with Pout Beauty in Leeds. Individual multi-coloured crystals were attached to the brows, representing the spectrum of hues created by natural elements and light.

The show was a scintillating success and raised in the region of £15,000 for Leeds charities Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy SUDEP Action, which focuses on increasing awareness and helping those affected by the condition; and Support After Rape & Sexual Violence Leeds SARSVL, a group dedicated to supporting victims of sexual violence.

Westrow Director Steve Rowbottom says: “The Westrow Artistic Team had an amazing time working at the Leeds RAG Fashion show, which provided a fantastic platform for stylists to gain invaluable experience in session styling and an insight into the busy, backstage world of hairdressing. We look forward to collaborating with the brand again next year.”

Images courtesy of Marc Lucas Photography