WITH NYFW FAST APPROACHING WE SAT DOWN WITH OUR FASHION PALETTE NEW YORK CREATIVE DIRECTOR, BEN GULLY, TO TALK ALL THINGS HAIR!
BEN HAS BEEN RUNNING MABE SALON, WITH HIS PARTNER MARTIN RICHTER, IN ADELAIDE FOR SIX YEARS. THE DUO CREATED THE BRAND MABE IN A SMALLER SALON BEFORE MOVING TO THEIR CURRENT LOCATION ON GLEN OSMOND ROAD. BEN AND MARTIN ARE EXPANDING MABE, THEY’RE CURENTLY IN THE PROCESS OF STARTING UP A MEN’S BARBERSHOP UNDER THE NAME MB GROOMED.
Firstly, we just have to ask, what’s your favourite Davroe product?
My favourite product is Tame Detangler, it’s moisturising and it detangles, which is exactly what you want! I use it as the base for all my hairstyles because it puts that moisturised base into the hair, and moisturised hair does what you want it to do.
Which of the New York packs is your favourite design?
I have to say that my favourite overall box is the colour pack – the model is gorgeous. However, my favourite dress featured on the packs has to be the green Con Ilio dress on the volume pack, it’s just stunning!
How many are in your team this year?
There’s 11 of us this year, and I haven’t met everyone yet but I’m very excited to!
Can you tell us a little about the inspiration for the hairstyles you’ve chosen?
Fashion palette works with a variety of designers, and because of this the styles we chose really needed to transcend them and work with every look. I was once told that it doesn’t matter how simple a hairstyle is, when 35 girls walk down a runway with the same style it needs to look uniform and perfect, and I kept that in mind when designing the styles. The two we’re going with are quite simple but with slight technicality to elevate them; our first is a take on the classic pony, but with a bit of trickery to it and the second is a voluminous do that has a lot of technical elements. I always remind my team before a show that it’s not about us, it’s about the designers and their clothes. We’re here to support them and the hair should do just that, support the clothes, not fight for the spotlight.
Have you been to America before?
Yes, I have, this will be my fifth time visiting.
What is your favourite place to visit in New York?
I love staying in Soho, I used to be into Midtown but now Soho is what I like. All of my favourite places to visit are food related, actually. There is this amazing bagel shop called Sadelle’s, I love their food, I also really love shake shack. It really is the city that never sleeps!
What is one thing that people might not know about you?
I love Disney, I love Disney world and Disney land and everything Disney! I’ve been to every Disney park but Disney world, and we’ll be going there this trip.
MABE Salon is part of Sustainable Salons Australia, this means that their waste such as hair, foils and chemicals are recycled in a safe manner and they are working towards the amazing goal of producing zero waste as a company.
FASHION PALETTE’S NEW YORK FASHION WEEK S/S ’18 COLLECTION SHOW IS BEING HELD ON TUESDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER AT THE ICONIC CHELSEA PEIERS, PIER 59 VENUE.
Australian labels being displayed include Ashlee Lauren, Bronx & Banco, Elliatt, Flare Street, Haus of Song, MB the Label, Sabo Luxe and Torannce.