“Every dream begins with a dreamer.”
My dream came true when I found out I had been given the opportunity to join Jon Reyman and the Aveda hair team for Mercedes Benz, New York fashion week.
New York fashion week is held in February and September of each year. It’s a semi annual series of events, when international fashion collections are shown to buyers, celebrities, the press and the general public. It’s a branded event sponsored by Mercedes Benz, as well as numerous independent fashion productions around town.
My journey began in August when I attended a two-part course in New York that started with classroom preparation. Before I was able to hit the fashion week trenches I had to work with Aveda’s runway styling pros and learn everything from behind the scene logistics to how to create high fashion hairstyles that would be the talk of the catwalk.
The schedule of shows I was on was emailed. September came quick!
Intensity, anxiety, sweat and adrenaline….all an understatement. To be on 11 shows helping top designers show off their collections was a life changing event. I was blessed to have worked next to some of the most talented stylists from around the world. This experience brought my career to a whole new level. Not only was I able to build some amazing friendships with others but I felt like I had worked with them for years.
Whether you were a hairstylist that perfected that pony ten times, did sets of finger waves and pin curls, got those three and four strand braids visible, whipped on 12-15 wigs and wig caps in about five minutes, polished French twists, even as an important as handing pins, Mason Pearsons, and hairspray. Wardrobe stylists that pinned, stitched, tied shoes, buttoned and zippered. Make up artists perfecting that cat eye, lined lips, bronzed cheeks, contoured and contoured.
Models seize to amaze me at every show. Hungry, tired, interviewed, photos taken, some five shows a day, nails filed, nail polish changed at every show, hair pinned, back combed, curled, sprayed, touched and touched some more. It sure took a village…. Christy Bruski, Spa Bleu Stylist