News added 27/07/17: Just because it’s summer and we’re liking the vibe, here’s a peak of a great look from the Miami Swim Week! At the 2018 collection For Love & Lemons lead hairstylist Sera Sloane chose a look inspired by vacationing without having an air-conditioner! We likey like her thinking! “The vibe was super, super sweaty and sort of oily,” Sloane says. This messy topknot is so of the moment – translating to pool, beach or festival field perfectly.
Sloane used an oil to apply to the hair (R+CO’s TINSEL Smoothing Oil actually), focusing on the ends to imitate the look of greasy hair. She then gathered hair into a messy and sloppy topknot, leaving large strands of loose hair out. Next, pulling strands of hair down in the front and on the sides of the face. Finally, more oil at the ends of the pieces of hair left out of the topknot – sealing the deal by twisting and scrunching the ends of the hair into little ‘S’ patterns.
Thanks Alessandra Myers for these great pictures…
News added 04/05/17: Our vote for this week’s hottest fashion date goes to the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual Costume Institute exhibition and 2017 Met Gala in New York. It was gloriously themed for Rei Kawakubo/ at Comme des Garcons, and the photo reportages are well worth browsing for inspiration. For hair, we’re distracted by Cara Delevigne and Rita Ora’s sci-fi crops, but our top pick is Haley Bennett (star of the Girl on The Train) wearing a fab mass of fat curls and a floral headpiece. We heart stylist Garren (co-founder of R+Co) who styled the look – a va va voom moment for the modern day!
News added 15/12/16: Ooh! Thrilling to hear that Edinburgh-based salon and session stylist Jason Hall has joined the R+Co Artist Team. We’ve been fans of Jason for yonks – he works a mean look on the fashion circuit for some of the year, then runs a fashion-conscious salon the rest. It makes him ideally suited to working with the extraordinary trio of sessionista Garren, hairdresser Howard McLaren, and gentleman’s stylist Thom Priano who run the American brand. Jason’s mission for early 2017 is to lead the R+Co University courses in UK and Ireland. There’s a date in mid Feb central London to kick things off. For more information on the line and education opportunities, email UK@randco.com or call +44 (0) 1442 248 104.
News added 03/11/16: We’re fascinated by the three strong personalities collaborating to create the R+Co brand. Of course, Garren is one of the most exciting session stylists today and on our must-follow trendsetter’s list, and Thom Priano is a men’s grooming expert who pretty much sets the tone for what men should look like. And there’s Howard McLaren (here left) whose heritage with Toni&Guy and Bumble&bumble, and his expertise with education and product is striking. Chatting over a cuppa in London recently, we questioned this charming Scotsman (now LA-based) on his inspiration for the uber-cool R+Co product range. We want to know about the packaging, too – a noticeable departure from the packaging norm with saturated images and quirky product names.
“We’re not doing haircuts anymore – we are creating characters. The products we use make them feel cool,” says Howard. And there’s the drive behind the range. Howard emphasises that R+Co will never make products for products sake. It’s important that each one must serve a unique purpose and function to the user. Makes sense to us.
“You need to understand where you want to be before you start,” he explains. “Failure is okay, but fear is not allowed – fear takes away your ability to act. I hate forcing haircuts – nature and beauty are important.” Howard has a particular approach to working with clients and working with products: “Question why you are doing something and fit it to what’s infront of you… do the right amount of work to get the maximum effect.”
He continues to explain that the naming and designing of all the products is done in collaboration with Amanda Wall, R+Co’s Design Director. Together, they come up with the name for the product and then set about finding the perfect graphic to display on the packing that explains exactly what the product does. The majority of the imagery is shot by Howard under Amanda’s direction, and includes objects from everyday life such as a leather jacket, a beautiful sunset or a cactus. It’s a simple and bang on trend concept – we likey like indeed. See how Death Valley Dry Shampoo features a desert background, and Twister Curl Primer a rollercoaster ride. This is a cool range, with a cool image and a mighty fine set of creative minds behind, around and infront of it!
News added 25/08/16: To Sadlers Wells in London this week for the UK launch of the R and Co brand of styling products. Howard McLaren, erstwhile creative director at Toni&Guy and Bumble&bumble, was holding court with a show of razor-cuts and styling on five models, narrating the evening with his witty style of banter, quotes and education. RandCo is the brainchild of McLaren along with session stylist Garren and mens groomer Thom Priano. Together, they promised to be education-led and work on the premise of not doing haircuts anymore, rather creating characters. We likey like the mantra and will keep watching…
News added 21/07/16: We’re loving the attitude of the three amigos in USA-based posse R+Co. With Howard McLaren (previously creative director at Toni&Guy and Bumble&bumble), session stylist Garren, and ‘lifestyle stylist’ Thom Priano in the room, things are bound to be edgy. Take their 2016 shoot pictured above. Tired of Photoshop, R+Co were inspired by Andy Warhol’s use of Polaroids to capture an authentic, untouched feel to their models, flaws and imperfections included. So retro it’s totally forward.
Hair: The R+Co Collective.