For ten years the Essential Looks have captured the trends and moods of our times and translated the fashion of the catwalks into
exciting, wearable trends for hairstylist and customers. Each season our team collects much inspiration for the new seasonal
collection from the Fashion Weeks in London, Paris, Milan and New York. The Essential Looks are an international language for
fashion oriented looks and they provide salons worldwide with the latest trends.
The Essential Looks Team for spring/summer 2008 was guided by Tyler Johnston, Session Stylist and Global Editorial Ambassador for
Schwarzkopf Professional: “The Spirit Collection is a fascinating tool for stylists to keep up with the pulse of the times and to
advance their knowledge about trends and techniques: from ‘undercutting’ to amazing dressings – this collection has all that a
stylist needs for the spring/summer season 2008 and it even comes with the matching background info from the fashion world.
Steve Hogan, Creative Director from Essential Looks, is thrilled and summarizes the advantages of the new looks :” I am happy about
the Spirit Collection. This Collection is full of wearable and beautiful shapes and colors, that can be easily adapted at the salon.”
The Spirit Collection categorizes the trends for spring/summer 2008 in four new looks:
Top-Model Agyness Deyn perfectly incorporates this trend and was one of the current sources of inspiration for the Schools Out
style. You can see conservative and preppy influences matched with a punky attitude. This stylistic mix makes Schools Out an
energetic, lively and very wearable trend, that works with every age.
Bobs and bangs are all but classical this spring/summer 2008. The shapes surprise with hidden lengths and disrupted contours that
combine causal flair with sensuality. Dark, warm and cook colors are mixed and result in new and exciting combinations. The blondes
are embellished with silver-grey sections. Brown tones are emphasized with chocolate and caramel colored nuances. Bangs add a
youthful touch to the looks or can be styled seductively. Graphical bobs receive heavy and compact bangs that reach all the way
to the eyelashes. Layered shapes are supported with asymmetrical bangs, that can be worn to either side.
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A clear trend in the new season: East meets West! Asian inspired interpretations and influences received many bravos and recognition
at the Fashion Weeks. The mix of discipline and artistic freedom sets new accents. This trend picks up the typical Asian, classical
cuts and mixes them with colors and patterns which generate much attention. East is a trend for people that like to be in the
limelight and who have a well developed sense for individual style.
The hair structures mirror the contrasts of this trend: tight clinging bobs with graphical contours create a sculpture-esque three
dimensional shape that is then loosened up by different internal lengths. This way the strict look allows enough room for many
styling variations. Long hair is set in soft waves and generous curls. Brown tones dominate the trend are put into an exciting
focus through cool and warm nuances that are rich in contrast.