Backstage: Local hairstylists at New York Fashion Week
Leslye VanSickle and Dianna Truong, hairstylists at Trichology Salon in Oklahoma City, worked backstage at their first New York Fashion Week recently and it was an experience they want again.
It was hectic and exciting. Exhilarating and exhausting. Educational and fun. Sometimes at the same time.
Both styled hair at Badgley Mischka. VanSickle also was backstage at the Veronica Beard show. Truong’s second show was Adeam.
VanSickle said it had been her dream to be backstage ever since she was in hair school. Truong said she’s still excited about the experience. She said she took two backstage styling classes with Oribe and after the second class, she and VanSickle were invited to Fashion Week.
“Being backstage was very exciting,” VanSickle said. “The scene started out pretty calm with the hair, makeup and nail teams getting the models ready for showtime. The closer we got to start time, the more exciting it got backstage.”
Truong said there was a point where there were three hairstylists to one model while a nail tech was painting the model’s toes.
“At that point there is no personal bubble. Everyone is invading any space to get the look done. We all have one goal and it is to finish the model on time. It was crazy but fun. Lots of intense energy,” said Truong, a stylist for 10 years.
“There was one point where my fuse blew so I was on my hands and knees trying to figure out which outlet would work. That was definitely hectic. While all this is happening, there are photographers snapping photos and interviews being conducted.”
Both Truong and VanSickle said they had a call time three hours before the show started. They each worked on more than one model’s hair and then helped other stylists. Sometimes other stylists came to them to offer assistance.
“It was great teamwork,” Truong said. “It’s amazing how strangers can come together to accomplish a goal together.”
VanSickle said models at Badgley Mischka wore their hair down, tucked behind the ears with a little volume at the crown and loose waves through the ends. Truong described it as romantic.
At Adeam, the look was clean and soft with a natural wave. Minimal product was used, Truong said.
Models at the Veronica Beard show sported a wet look. Imagine a tanned and toned Miami woman just out the pool, running her fingers through her wet hair before tying it in a knot.
“We used a lot of products, secured it in a ponytail and pinned it into a loose chignon,” said VanSickle, a stylist of seven years with experience in Texas and Oklahoma.
Because of training with Oribe, VanSickle said she felt confident going into both shows. “I am so happy I was given the chance to be a part of New York Fashion Week, and I hope I get to go back next season.”
For Truong, going to New York Fashion Week was a dream come true. “It was fantastic working with likeminded hairstylists.”