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The London Look: Talking Shop With Josh Wood and George Northwood


For the pond-hopping elite, Josh Wood is a demigod. Londoners like Elle Macpherson, Sam Taylor-Wood, and Laura Bailey keep his number close at hand and visiting starlets including January Jones swear by the King of Color for the kind of golden flaxen that is the envy of the SoCal set. Then there’s his backstage cred: those ombré gray wigs at Jean Paul Gaultier’s Fall 2011 show, and the icy blondes at Louis Vuitton for Spring were both classic Wood. With the opening of his new Atelier of hairdressing earlier this Fall, the King now has a proper court to call his own. Nestled in London’s Holland Park, the destination is “a club of creativity,” as Wood calls it, that gathers the best of the cutting, coloring, and styling worlds under one well-designed roof. The new space supplies innovation at every turn—from complimentary iPads and an in-house chef to specially formulated hair-conditioning smoothies and super-stylist “pop-up” residencies. Here, Wood and his stylist, George Northwood, talk to about color that promotes “stealth, not wealth,” groomed but effortless cuts, and creating an environment that is plenty hip but never intimidating.

So why an “atelier” rather than a status quo salon?

Josh Wood: Because we’re working with some of the most creative people in the industry and have so much energy under one roof. I think it was important to create a space that could house many different talents, whether they come from the session world or the salon. It’s time to break down the division between the two camps; you can work in both worlds and bring inspiration from each. It allows our stylists to grow and nurture their careers alongside the salon brand. George’s work particularly—the way he cuts and styles is not forced or overdone, just exquisitely groomed and contemporary—has the energy of how I think modern styling should look.

George Northwood: For me, its about being a part of something so creative where different stylists and colorists are out and about doing different jobs, then bringing it back to the table to inspire one another. It has really opened my mind to the concept of there being multiple ways of working—there’s no fixed method. And people feel so comfortable to be here, it doesn’t feel like a salon and it’s so relaxed. The whole experience is first-class, but it’s not intimidating—it’s not too cool for school, and I love that clients recognize that!

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Better Off Blonde Or Brunette?


In the latest issue of Vogue Italia, Amber Valletta grapples with the modeling establishment’s current dilemma and a question that has divided mankind since the dawn of peroxide: blonde or brunette? Both, we’d argue, considering how well the nineties super is pulling them off. In an interesting bit of foreshadowing, Ms. Valletta swaps Spring’s seventies-inspired, middle-parted strands and big frizzy manes in favor of Fall’s nod to the sixties, sporting in one photo an icy, voluminous, Hitchcockian set, and in the other a raven-hued architectural motif preferred by Vidal Sassoon and his cohorts. The styling magic on display was made possible by the teamwork of Eugene Souleiman for Wella Professionals and colorist Josh Wood, the latter of whom wowed us at Jean Paul Gaultier, where his mastery of the gray scale made Guido Palau’s bourgeois beehives that much more of a spectacle. Requisite, decade-appropriate eyeliner and lots and lots of lashes courtesy of Chanel’s Peter Philips also abound in these Amber pics. So, what say you: Does platinum prevail, or have you fallen victim to the dark arts?

Photo: Craig McDean for Vogue Italia, March 2011