Grace Forman and her makeup hero, Napoleon Perdis, at Australian Fashion Week.
Grace Forman and her makeup hero, Napoleon Perdis, at Australian Fashion Week.

Siblings style at Fashion Week

BROTHER and sister hairdressing team, Joel and Grace Forman, have shown you don’t have to be from the big smoke to make your name in the high fashion world of hairdressing.

The pair has just returned from a stint at Australian Fashion Week in Sydney where they worked with some of the biggest names in the Australian fashion industry.

The pair, who work for their mother and father, Alan and Leah Forman at the Mary Street salon Innovations, worked non stop back stage making sure the Australian and overseas’ models looked their best for the adoring public.

It was Joel’s second time to Australian Fashion Week working with hair company GHD.

Last year, he worked as an assistant back stage, but this year he was charged with looking after many high fashion models for designers Alex Perry, Zimmerman, Nookie, Therese Rawsthorne, Konstantina Mittas, Dion Lee and Ruby Smallbone.

Now he has been asked to fly to New Zealand to work with the designers at New Zealand Fashion Week in September.

“I can’t wait to go,” Joel said.

The young hairdresser said his favourite part of the trip to Sydney was working for young up-and-coming designer Dion Lee, Australia’s Young Designer of the Year.

“It was at the Sydney Opera House and I did five models,” he said.

“We added white clay to the models’ hair – it is the catwalk style hair I am into,” he said.

It was Grace’s first time working for GHD at Australian Fashion Week, but the experience left her wanting more.

She worked as an assistant, like Joel did his first year, and gained an insight into her other passion, makeup.

She met up with her makeup idol, Napoleon Perdis, at the Ruby Smallbone parade.

“He commented on how much he liked my hair – we were speaking for ages. There was lots of hugs and kisses,” she laughed.

Grace said another funny moment was when they lost one of the models for a fashion parade.

“The model had gone into the wrong tent and had her hair done by another hairdresser working on a different parade.

“We had to pull it all out and start again,” she said.

Grace has just been appointed a Goldwell Hair makeup artist in Queensland, and she and Joel were yesterday in Brisbane working with top Australian hairdresser Shane Henning doing session work.

“It just goes to show you can get noticed in good old Gympie town,” Grace said.

Gympie Times


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