‘A priority on creativity, freedom of individuality and a strict study of discipline.’ This quote from Walter Gropius in 1919 as he laid out his manifesto and his vision for the spirit of The Bauhaus is echoed nearly eighty years later when Vidal said ‘In hairdressing, creativity is encouraged only through knowledge and skill.’
The 2020.2 collection looks to Gropius and the other masters of The Bauhaus, and the life, spirit, and flair with which these geniuses lived, as well as the environment they created.
Paul Klee’s sense of proportion and fascination that underscored his work, Wassily Kandinsky’s use of bold colours for their visual vibrancy, and their “sound” effects. Joseph and Anni Albers, who made art the focal point of their existence and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, an imperious architect and the last Director of the Bauhaus. The collection draws inspiration from the powerful force of their individual artistic personalities.
The looks for the collection are sharp in their execution and feature techniques of reverse layering and concealed panels that have become Sassoon classics. These techniques bring versatility and individuality to the shapes.
The ‘Nancy Kwan’ the seminal Sassoon bob, is redrawn for this season alongside ‘The Mouche’ the forerunner of all subsequent short layered shapes. The Box Bob is reintroduced in shades of navy and The Fall is deconstructed for a modern appeal. The shapes are dried with maximum shine and reflection, with a gentle cobweb of texture introduced onto the surface to suggest a gently relaxed attitude.
Bauhaus master Itten acknowledged, ‘Only those who love colour are admitted to its beauty and presence. It affords utility to all, but unveils its deeper mysteries only to its devotees.’
Weaves and slices in Squares, triangles and trapezoid sections are placed strategically so that they diffuse through the modern geometric shapes. Large areas of monotones in a rich red copper, to a gentle strawberry and rose blonde. Chocolate browns and greys to a deep violet blue and kaleidoscopic root applications.
The new collection is the embodiment of Sassoon Creativity at the moment and, as Vidal put this sentiment so well, ‘If we truly relate to “the now” the past will have taught us and the future will beckon us.’