TRENDING: Visit Colour World’s online hub | Check out the Respect channel on

Search Newsletter
Generic selectors
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Post Type Selectors

London Fashion Week with Unite

The Unite hair team were out in full force during London Fashion Week with a great line-up of shows they worked on.

Led by Unite UK ambassador Narad Kutowaroo, Anne Veck for Brendan O’Sullivan and Leanne Chester & Amanda Holmes for Brendan O’Sullivan, the Unite backstage team included hairdressers that have attended the popular Runway Ready course.

The LFW SS23 team included first-timers, participants in their second season backstage, salon owners, freelancers, people with decades of experience and by contrast, one team member that had been hairdressing just two months. We were joined by a hairdresser that had just attended Runway Ready in New York, worked NYFW and loved it so much she hopped on a plane to London! We saw fabulous, collaborative teamwork, friendships were made, and our teams produced the most amazing hair.

Ray Chu

Ray Chu SS23 Kiss Me collection had a focus on ‘fluidity and the journey to love.’

Leading the team was Narad Kutowaroo, who was joined by Amanda Holmes, Emma Hunt, Lea Shaw, Leanne Chester, Libby Conway, Mary Cinque and Odette Joyles.

Emma Hunt says “Runway Ready has really changed my career for the better, I couldn’t wait to get backstage at London Fashion Week. This was second season and enjoyed it even more that the first one. I knew what to expect and how things generally worked. It’s always great working with new team members and different designers. The looks have all been so different so I’m continuously learning. It feels good to make a designer’s vision come to life.” 


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Hair & Beauty supplies – UK (@laceys_distribution)


Salford University

Taking the lead again was Narad and who was joined by Amanda Holmes, Charlotte Kerr, Emma Hunt and Libby Conway. Working with a group of fashion design graduates to make their work come to life, and truly runway ready (you see what we did there..)

“I really enjoyed working on this show,” says Libby Conway. “I can’t wait to join you again!”

Jaded Life Collective

Anne Veck led the hair team on behalf of Brendan O’Sullivan and created various wet looks and finger waves with Lea Shaw, Leanne Chester, Marisa Strazza, Mary Cinque, Odette Joyles and Michelle Stephens.

Us based hairdresser, Marisa Strazza says: “My Runway Ready experience started in New York. I’m so glad I took this class because it has truly set me up for success. From NYFW to LFW, it was as if all my dreams were unfolding infront of me, I am honoured to be part of the Unite team – a group of hair artists that are the setting standard for runway looks.” 

Oxford Fashion Studios

Natural was the brief for Oxford Fashion Studios. Leanne Chester & Amanda Holmes stepped up for Brendan O’Sullivan and worked with Amy Leahy, Grace Poffley, Lea Shaw,  Lizzie Lane, Lorre Clarke, Marisa Strazza, Mary Cinque and Sapphire Parker to create the perfect ponys.

“This was such a great day!” says Sapphire Parker. “I would love to be part of the team again in the future.

Ruirui Deng

This one deserves an extra special shout out as it only got listed as one of the best hair looks at LFW by Allure – click here

Narad led quite the talented team including Amelia Perry, Amy Leahy, Charlize Micallef, Joann Levett, Lea Shaw, Marisa Strazza, Mary Cinque, Sapphira Parker and Sophie Parks

Amy Leahy says: “I’ve had the most incredible time at LFW, I’ve always wanted to be involved in Fashion Week and the Runway Ready course gave me the perfect opportunity to get involved. the looks we created for Riu Riu Deng were absolutley stunning and finding out that they were voted as one of the best looks proved the hard work we put into the show. Backstage is hectic but such a great buzz and I would recommend any hairstylist to push themselves to learn new things.”


Narad didn’t come up for air this Fashion Week. Leading yet another team he was joined by Carly Read, Charlotte Smeeth, Emma Hunt, Lea Shaw, Libby Conway, Mary Cinque and Odette Joyles. The look… Soft glam!

“This was my second season working backstage with Runway Ready at London Fashion Week and it’s been such a great experience, even better than the first as my nerves were more settled. Working with Narad, learning his skills and being able to watch him put them into action was still just as incredible the second time around and I’m so grateful to have been given this opportunity again,” says Lea Shaw. 

More about Runway Ready HERE

Learn more by visiting Lacey’s Distribution.

For more news from Unite click HERE


Respect is a hub for UK hairdressers of all ages and stages to find out what We LoveWe Hear and We See as the best product launches, styling advice, hairtools, education training and seminars and hairshows! Sign up to our newsletter which is sent fortnightly direct to your email, so you stay up-to-date with salon styling information, trends in session work, advice on presenting on stage or progress in educating – whatever your interest, whether you’re a trainee or creative director, an educator or team leader, you’ll find all the opportunities and ideas on

We love hairdressing; we see and we hear how you can become the best hairdresser, colourist and salon owner possible. Contact us if you’d like to know more about us. If it’s worth talking about, you’ll read it here.

Latest News

View all News

Let’s talk 2024 trends
Let’s talk 2024 trends
Let’s talk 2024 trends
One year of Haug London Haus
Let’s talk 2024 trends
Have no Fear  
Let’s talk 2024 trends
Headmasters staying motivated  
Let’s talk 2024 trends
NHBF Unveils Top 100 Influencer Index 
This error message is only visible to WordPress admins

Error: No feed with the ID 1 found.

Please go to the Instagram Feed settings page to create a feed.