LONDON — Hairstylist Johnnie Sapong described the casting for the Rihanna for River Island show as, “the United Nations — there’s something for everybody.”
And he was right. The show was filled with models of varying nationalities with different hair textures and skin tones. “I wanted the girls to keep their individual style, so there’s no uniform look,” Sapong said.
The idea was for models not to look “too overdone” and also have a tomboy flair, he added. There was very little blowdrying, and for longer hair there was “a lot of movement through the mid-lengths to the ends.”
Sapong initially used a thickening lotion on hair, and then slicked on an invisible oil to get the clumps out and give it some movement.
Makeup artist Sam Bryant, using MAC cosmetics, said she put Ruby Woo — MAC’s best-selling red lipstick — on all of the models.
“Rihanna wears that shade, and it suits everyone,” she asserted. She used base to even the skin, and also gave a look of “sculpted” cheekbones.
She used a wash of gloss up to the eyes and gloss over the whole body. Nail artist Sophy Robson, meanwhile, used MAC’s Flaming Rose polish overlaid with a pink fluorescent pigment to make fingertips pop.