Hair as a material on this blog has never gotten a good reaction...."Ewww...that creeps me out!!!!!!" is the usual one and rightly so as it's the provenance of the hair that gets to people....where does it come from and what the bloody hell is it doing on a garment? I'm 100% sure now there is no grave digging involved and in the same way that real hair wigs exist, human hair in clothing is totally legit and seeing as I'm intrigued by it as a material I'll continue to cut the hair some slack.
Slack being the operative word here as the pieces below and the jacket that Roisin Murphy was wearing at the Luella show in September (I totally forgot to mention that I'd like to dive into Ms. Murphy's 'borrowed/stage' wardrobe in my FAQ...) are by LCF-grad Gemma Slack, from her debut S/S 09 collection. It's no surprise that Gemma did a two year stint with Gareth Pugh, the other hair-user, but there's a feminine sensibility to Slack's pieces that make the hair almost undetectable. Rather than shouting out "Hey its human hair over here!", it is used rather stealthly...in some of the lookbook pictures, I can't even tell where real hair ends and hair on garment starts. There's also the tailoring that adds an air of refinement to pieces that are underlying with something darker. I'm looking forward to seeing what other kinds of hair-raising techniques Slack uses for next season (sorry...couldn't resist it...)