Rachel Radford, a hairdresser at DB Sutton & Co. whose work you may know from CHM’s fashion spreads, is headed to New York’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. (We’d like to take all the credit, but her immense talent speaks for itself.)Rachel Radford styles the hair of Evie Runberg for CHM's spring 2010 fashion shoot. Photo by Briana Brough.
Bumble and Bumble, a product line that DB Sutton carries, accepted applications from stylists in their salons across the country. Sixty people were called to audition, and 13 were chosen for Fashion Week.
Radford will work from Sept. 9-16 – up to five shows per day. She won’t really know details until she gets there, so she’s been studying and practicing all kinds of different styles to be fully prepared – her clients have graciously volunteered to let her practice on them.
Radford, who has worked at DB Sutton for more than five years, has never done hair at a fashion show, but it’s right in line with what she loves to do -- event hair for weddings, proms and parties.
Given a choice, she would work backstage at a Donna Karan or Marc Jacobs show, but she’s probably more excited about working with hair stylists whose work she has admired from afar for years.
Her team leader will work with the fashion designer to determine the model’s look, and Radford will execute their vision.
“I really love big, curly out of control hair, so that would be a lot of fun,” she says. “The bigger the better for me.”
Radford will pay her own travel expenses and receive no compensation for the gig – but she doesn’t mind.
“A girl from Ohio who lives in North Carolina gets to go to Fashion Week in New York. I’m still sort of pinching myself,” she says.