Finding the universal in the particular
Light and time are the primary raw ingredients of photography. And combined they create a third element: colour.
This conceptual collection is bridging the gap between hairstyling and other arts: music, photography and painting. All these creative sources have been processed by Tom Connell - Davines Hair Art Director- in a narrative way, to create a series of conceptual images with tasteful colours and unusual shapes. Tom decided to move away from shooting digital onto film, creating portraits which have a sensibility to who the person really is.
Pacific Ocean Green
If you combined the colour tones of bronze sand and tasteful green, with a haircut which is half Young Americans era Bowie, half Ska Punk, and threw in a vintage forest print shirt, you would have the ingredients to create Pacific Ocean Green the first look from the new conceptual collection from Davines.
Akhal-Teke horses have an almost translucent hair colour and were our initial inspiration for this look. During further research into this palette, Tom came across a lighter - more translucent -version of topaz only found in Colorado. We created two colour tones reminiscent of our findings, in two different depths.
To gain the full reflect of the Colorado Topaz tones, it was important to have solid surfaces for the light to reflect on. A disconnected short geometric shape through the front was combined with a long, one length haircut at the back.
Graphic silhouettes with a capital G! First light is a look which best represents the approach of treating a shape like a sculpture and using colour to bring it to life. Combining haircutting with hairdressing we created a twisted knott, a graduated undercut with an exaggerated feathered fringe.
This was all done to create a sculpture we could paint with the First light colour tone, inspired by the warm beige early morning light before dust has been disturbed into the atmosphere. Creating a strong separation between the contrasting shapes and accenting the fringe, we aimed to create an image which delivers more to look at each time you glance.
Unusual but familiar shapes
True copper was in our minds when we created Last Light. Looking at the metallic reds which make up the element copper along with the reflective red tones which sunset produces in reaction to the dust in the air, we developed a tone that while vibrant has the feel it could occur naturally. The canvas for our colour was inspired by the haircuts of mid 70’s skateboarders, elongating the classic shag shape into a bolder more exaggerated result.