After a successful first year at Directory 14, the Directory Style Events team have come together for another year of timeless, classic style solutions in the form of Directory 15. Having attended the Directory 14 events last year, I was excited to see what this year had in store. Sadly I could only attend one of the three events that would be held this year, but I couldn’t wait to see what Paul Stafford’s ‘Style Secrets’, held at the Ivory on Wednesday 23rd September, would bring.
As an iconic local stylist, and one known for his unbelievable creative abilities, the looks that Paul Stafford creates are by no means ‘the safe option’. Although Directory 15 is aimed at the real woman, and aims to create everyday looks that are accessible and perfect for ladies on the go, that does not have to mean the simple option, which is exactly what Paul Stafford aimed to demonstrate.
Take a look at just a few of Paul Stafford’s key styles, showcased at Directory 15.
Emma Louise Johnston: Urban Boho
This is one of the season’s greatest low-key looks, inspired by style icon Alexa Chung. With a slightly rock-chick edge, and a fringe with an offset centre parting, this style is ideal for career women on the go, or busy mothers. With choppy layers and a textured feel, this look needs little more than some light mousse and a blast dry with the hairdryer without the use of brushes for an effortless finish. To avoid frizziness with this style, blow dry using the cool air setting – this seals the cuticle and holds your style in place throughout the day.
Claire Wilson: 60s Modernist
If you check out the international fashion week catwalks, you will see that the page boy haircut has returned for 2015, so if you want to get ahead of the game and make a statement then this is the style for you. Inspired by both Vidal Sassoon and the Bauhaus movement, this is all about the shape and creates an androgynous finish. Absolutely perfect for those with thin hair, this expertly cut style gives the appearance of extra volume and shows off your facial features.
This style is for the curly haired girls among us, but may be out of reach for those of us who lust after ringlets. Embracing the natural look, this style required just a simple blow-dry using the diffuser, with gentle teasing using the palm of the hand. Avoid scrunching, as this would make the hair frizzy.
Almost reminiscent of Amelie, this French-inspired hairdo is an iconic Paul Stafford look, and one of his favourites for the season. Emulating the classic woman, who loves her Chanel dress, and always has that signature handbag and pair of heels at the ready, this is a simple hairdo that is ready to go. Recreating graphic shapes, it flatters the face and truly emphasises both the face shape and features.
For a style that will truly make a statement, this is the look for you. A modern twist on the look of 1970s New York, this hairstyle almost emulates the qualities of a mullet, whilst creating a flattering and feminine couture look that can be transformed into a more elegant style. Using a technique known as under-layering, the top layers form a cap of hair that creates a mass of volume and can be texturised for added width. It’s edgy, it’s choppy but it’s an incredibly flattering statement look and the secret is to tailor the texture to the individual.
This is a style that speaks for itself. Emphasising the minimalist concept, this modern take on the Eton crop is perfect for elegant women who love a no-fuss haircut that will always look stunning. With an asymmetric style, favouring the Bauhaus graphic shapes on one side of her face, and a softer look on the other, it is a timeless look that will be stunning with any outfit.