After an incredible Fashion Week in New York, the Mr. Smith Creative Team took to the banlieues of Paris – helping bring to life some of the festival’s most talked-about shows.
Beginning with our first-ever collaboration with storied French label A.P.C., the Mr. Smith team worked with Hair Lead, Tomohiro Ohashi to make Jean Touitou’s understated, anti-trend vision a reality, creating looks that naturally elevated each model’s individual style.
For the second year running, stylist Paolo Soffiatti led our Creative Team on Finnish brand AALTO’s Fall collection, producing an eclectic range of styles tailored to highlight the uniqueness of every look to hit Aalto’s runway.
For French fashion house Atlein, Louis Ghewy opted for a series of simple centre parts to complement Creative Director Antonin Tron’s mix of trademark bodycon jersey dresses and refined tailoring. Meanwhile, for Italian label DROMe Christian Eberhard employed a range of slicked-back side parts for designer Marianna Rosati’s dramatic collection.
Rounding out Paris Fashion Week, the Mr. Smith team worked on shows for IDISM und Modement, Racil and Nicolas Lecourt Mansion’s new Autumn collections, concluding a massive month of incredible Fashion Week shows.
To view the full Mr. Smith Paris Autumn Fashion Week image gallery, head to our website.
As New York Fashion Week comes to its conclusion, we’ve taken a moment to look back at the shows that showcased the best of our creative runway work during this year’s festival.
Our international ambassadorial team – lead by Stefano Greco and Creative Director Freda Rossidis – and the Mr. Smith Creative Team worked across three key shows that demonstrated our fashion-forward approach to runway work and that embodied our ethos of “style and substance.”
Explore each of the shows below and learn how to create one of the key-looks from this year’s Festival.
Next? London and Paris.
Noon by Noor
Partnering with womenswear label Noon by Noor for the second year in a row, Paolo Soffiatti lead the Mr. Smith Creative team as he explored the notion of “to the moon and back” with designers Shaikha Noor Rashid Al Khalifa and Shaikha Haya Mohamed Al Khalifa.
With a focus on slicked side-parts, Paolo and the team created a contemporary look which accented the fluid silhouettes and lux gold fabrics that hallmarked the collection. Learn how to create this look below.
Mr. Smith International ambassador Stefano Greco brought the intricate and vibrant tailoring of Adam Lippes to life at the designer’s new residence in Brooklyn Heights during New York Fashion Week. Lippes’ charming vignettes where complemented with a styling approach that conveyed a look that exemplified a chic, effortless look.
Our boldest looks were left for Area’s ready-to-wear showcase, which highlighted the label’s proclivity for a playful mix of retro-meets-modern downtown chic. Renowned for a look that has been described as “high-shine, high-gloss and crystal-studded glam.”
Lead Hairstylist, Shingo Shibata and the Mr. Smith team conceived a look that was characterised by a series of pared back top buns, drawing the hair away from the face to allow designers Piotrek Panszczyk and Beckett Fogg’s eclectic designs to own the runway.
1. Starting at the nape of the neck spray Mr. Smith Texture Spray from roots to ends.
2. Add a deep side part then start drying hair and smoothing hair using fingers.
3. Using a 1 inch curling tong, take large horizontal sections and curl hair (no higher than just above the ears).
4. Allow hair to cool then comb through using a large tooth comb.
5. Apply a liberal amount of Mr. Smith Serum all through the back of the hair to make it looked lived in and create some separation.
6. Working your way from back to front, take vertical sections of the hair just behind the ear, spraying with Mr. Smith Hairspray section by section adding heat with hairdryer as you go.
7. Pin face line hair with a bobby pin for a casual boyish finish.
Stefano Greco recently worked with V Magazine’s creative team to bring a striking editorial to life with model Ebonee Davis. Photographed by Will Vendramini and styled by Juliana Gimenez, check out the full spread here.
Late last month, Mr. Smith’s International Creative Team headed to Paris Men’s Fall Winter Fashion Week to collaborate with a cadre of rising young fashion designers. And, thanks to a number of talented hairstylists, Mr. Smith products were spotted across multiple runway shows.
For Palomo Spain’s Elizabethan–meets–hunting inspired collection, stylist Michaël Delmas crafted soft, elegant waves and Robin Hood-worthy curls. Delmas later worked his magic at Arthur Avellano and MYAR. The look at Arthur Avellano was preppy and clean – floppy fringes were pinned back, with long strands tucked behind ears, 90’s boy band style.
Over at MYAR — a label that repurposes and remixes vintage military garments — Delmas let crew cuts rule supreme.
It was quite the opposite for Ludovic de Saint Sernin’s sensual, Dali-esque collection, where stylist Louis Ghewy created natural waves and boyish bangs to frame the face.
Meanwhile, the Andrea Crews runway was all about swag. Here, stylist Chiao Chenet sent models out in braids, natural hair and sweaty club kid locks – the perfect accompaniment for Crews’ tongue-in-cheek streetwear.
Next up on the Mr. Smith calendar will be Fall-Winter 2018 shows in New York, London and Paris.
Take a closer look at the runway looks here.
Mr. Smith’s Volumising Shampoo and Volumising Conditioner were featured in the February issue of Grazia UK, with a personal recommendation from Beauty Editor, Hannah Coates.
In the last month, Mr. Smith products have also been featured on the online arms of British Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar UK to name a few.
Earlier in the year, Mr. Smith founder David Justin and Creative Director Freda Rossidis caught up with Front Row Edit too. Read the interview here.
We were justifiably excited to make the cover of the UK’s Evening Standard magazine recently. New York-based celebrity stylist Michael Silva used a range of Mr. Smith products to achieve Kate Bosworth’s textured waves. See the full spread here.
As the year draws to an end, it’s time to reflect on another massive year at Mr. Smith.
Looking further afield, 2017 also saw us launch the brand into new markets in the US, UK and Norway, and participate in Fashion Weeks in London, Milan, New York and Paris for the likes of Noon by Noor, Aalto, Area, SSS World Corp, Rachel Comey and Palomo Spain.
Perhaps more importantly though, through it all we have continued to deliver on the Mr. Smith philosophy of “style and substance” in everything that we do.
But this success is not just about us – it’s about you, too. We are certain that none of this would have been possible without the extraordinary support of our customers.
We have an even bigger 2018 ahead with new products, campaigns, opportunities and events which we can’t wait to share with you!
So, from the entire Mr. Smith team, we’d like to extend a huge thank you for your continued support and wish you all a “happy holidays” and an outstanding year in 2018.
Until next year…
The Mr. Smith Team
In October, the Mr. Smith team headed to London for the brand’s official UK launch. Our entrance into the UK market hallmarks the end of a significant year for Mr. Smith, a year that saw Mr. Smith officially launched into 12 countries from the United States to Japan.
Whilst we were in London, we spoke to No. 77 Managing Director, Tony White about what inspired our partnership.
What appealed to you most about the Mr. Smith brand?
We were first drawn to Mr. Smith’s clean imagery and packaging on social media. Then we did some research and we really loved the story behind the brand’s journey. That was when we knew that we wanted to be part of this amazing brand.
What makes you excited about the brand?
The same features that first drew me to Mr. Smith are what continue to excite me about it.
With its high quality, gender neutral, high performing product range, Mr. Smith really stands apart from competing brands. Commercially, it compares with other established top tier brands in a range of environments.
Which Mr. Smith products are you most excited about?
The entire Mr. Smith range performs at such a high level it is hard to choose specific products. Other brands might be strong in particular areas, for example, styling, care or treatment, whereas Mr. Smith performs across the entire range.
Mr. Smith Foundation is truly unique. It’s a versatile lightweight cream that adds volume and body while blow drying, yet leaves the hair feeling like there is no product in it.
Mr. Smith Masque, with its rejuvenating hair and scalp properties, it always delivers instant visual results, which is something clients always want.
Clients are becoming more discerning about packaging and imagery as well as about knowing how products are made. On this front Mr. Smith really stands out from the crowd. The fact that the products are PETA certified, vegan, and paraben and sulfate free helps too.
What do you see Mr. Smith bringing to the UK market?
Mr. Smith is a brand with true integrity and it has a dedicated education team pushing a strong brand identity. We’re really excited about Mr. Smith’s quality education programs, which are overseen by Creative Director, Freda Rossidis. With her international reputation as a key influencer, Freda is highly respected by her peers and with her wealth of knowledge and expertise, she is an incredible resource and inspiration for the industry.
If you’re interested in becoming a Mr. Smith stockist in the UK email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Adding to an already stellar stable of industry collaborators, stylist Dolly Ward recently joined Mr. Smith as an International Brand Ambassador – after working with the company for two years as an Australia Ambassador and educator.
Dolly has established a hugely successful career; working at the cutting-edge of editorial and runway styling in Australia and around the world.
The go-to stylist for some of the world’s most innovative fashion houses and brands, Dolly has worked on runway shows for the likes of Romance Was Born, Ellery, Bec & Bridge, Manning Cartel, Ginger & Smart and Emma Mulholland (Australia); and Tome, The Blonds, Alon Livne, Mara Hoffman and Ruffian (New York).
Now signed to Union Management, Dolly’s work regularly appears in the pages of Russh, Yen, ID, Oyster, Pages Digital, HUF, Bullett and more.
View Dolly’s work here:
Inspired by our ‘Three by Mr. Smith’ campaign, Creative Director Freda Rossidis reveals her breakdown of the steps required to create this polished and timeless look.
Lightly spray the hair with water, then using your hands, work through 1-2 pumps of Mr. Smith Leave In.
Create a deep side part with a tail comb, then smooth hair with a large paddle brush.
Apply Mr. Smith Mousse through the roots of the hair, then comb each section using a wide comb, leaving the ends of the hair dry.
Once the mousse has been combed through the roots, use a small comb to create some height through the front while keeping the sides neat and sleek. This will create a square shape.
Next, pull hair into the centre at the nape of the neck and tie off with an elastic.
To finish, use irons to straighten the ends of the hair and complete the look by running 1-2 drops of Mr. Smith Serum through the pony tail for extra shine and polish.
We are very proud to announce the launch of our newest treatment product, Mr. Smith Leave In.
Landing in salons this month, Leave In makes a versatile addition to any hair routine – delivering silky softness and exceptional shine without the unwanted weight associated with leave in products.
According to Mr. Smith Creative Director, Freda Rossidis, Leave In is prefect for smoothing, adding polish, and taming frizzy, flyaway hair.
“Leave In is a weightless leave in treatment that is specifically designed to nourish, strengthen and protect the hair. Each ingredient has been carefully chosen to deliver superb, weightless nourishment, resulting in beautifully soft, smooth, glossy hair.”
How? Enzyme-rich aloe vera helps to lock in moisture, while cupuacu butter provides natural heat and UV protection, with further hydration comes via cocoa seed butter and vitamin-packed mango butter. The result is and high gloss, deep nourishment and outstanding condition.
Suitable for all hair types, Mr. Smith Leave In is a powerful anti-humidifier and can be used wet or dry. It’s also PETA certified vegan and free from sulfates and parabens.
Mr. Smith Leave In is now available from Mr. Smith salons and stockists.
In other big news, last month Mr. Smith made its debut into the United States market. To get a sense of how the brand has been received stateside, our US distributor Modern Salon Services decided to ask its team what they thought about our collection.
Here’s what they had to say.
“At Modern, we love the Mr. Smith people as much as the brand. We feel it fits our high-end profile like a glove. It is the best – and most exciting – brand we have seen in a while.”
– Anthony Cox, Owner Modern Salon Services, Kansas City, MO
“I love the simplicity, elegance and versatility of the line. Each product has been thoroughly thought out and designed with the stylist in mind. I am truly in love with this line, and the family and team.”
– Erika Smith, Memphis, TN
“I really like the exclusivity that Mr. Smith brings to the hair industry. While most hair care brands are trying to sell, sell, sell and saturate, they want to keep the vision and integrity of Mr. Smith by supplying to select, independent and high end salons. I also love that they started with vegan, PETA-approved products from the get go, as opposed to all the other brands revamping and reformulating to fit a new social norm. It is already their lifestyle.”
– Tiffany Mitchell, Dallas, TX
“Mr. Smith is exactly what good hair should be: style, substance and simplicity. If I could only use one product for the rest of my life? Mr. Smith Sea Salt Spray.”
– Roselle McGrain, New Orleans, LA
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In other news, we are proud to announce New York-based hair stylist Stefano Greco as our Mr. Smith International Brand Ambassador.
Based in New York City, Stefano is an international stylist with a reputation for working with some of the world’s most respected fashion brands and publications.
His work regularly graces the covers of Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire, Madame Figaro, InStyle, Harper’s Bazaar, Gracie, Glitter, OOB, Issue Magazine, W Magazine, L’Officiel, Cosmopolitan Vision, Sunday Style, Flaunt, Schon, Marie Claire and many more.
Along with his editorial work, Stefano has been a mainstay on the international fashion week circuit for many years, regularly working on shows for the likes of Chanel, Stella McCartney, Fendi, Maison Margiela, Rick Owen and Tom Ford.
A true global citizen, Stefano has lived all around the world and says that his artistic work has been deeply influenced by the different ideals of beauty expressed by various cultures. He channels his influences into styling that is creatively driven and designed to provoke the senses. We wish to extend a very warm welcome to Stefano as he joins the Mr. Smith family.
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Following a run of shows at New York Fashion Week, the Mr. Smith Creative Team has just wrapped at this year’s Spring/Summer Paris Fashion Week – the calendar event that marks the finale of Fashion Month.
Late September saw Mr. Smith teaming up with Aalto, the Paris-based label of Finnish designer Tuomas Merikoski as the label launched its spring/summer 2018 ready-to-wear collection at the stunning Palais de Tokyo in central Paris.
Working alongside internationally acclaimed hair director, Paolo Soffiatti, the Mr. Smith Creative Team created a series of looks to complement Merikoski’s futuristic, politically conscious collection, which featured cleverly recycled elements and saw pale hues mixed with splashes of bright yellow and shimmery pinks.
“Cool” and “grunge”, were the key words briefed in by Soffiatti, which he and the Mr. Smith Creative Team translated via heavy texture and lived in hair. Mr. Smith products used to achieve the looks included our Hairspray, The Foundation, Serum, and Paste – allowing for hair to be expertly worked for a look that was “worn-in, in a very casual and cool way.” The end result was something akin to what a girl might look like “the day after” a night out.
To view all the looks from the Aalto SS18 collection click here.
Ahead of the festive season, we’ve just launched a range of Mr. Smith Holiday Packs. Designed for discerning gift-giving, the packs feature a mix of full-size retail hair and body products, stylishly presented in a reusable travel bag.
Choose from the following packs:
For more information our holiday packs, please contact email@example.com.
Mr. Smith is continuing to extend its presence in Europe, with stockists soon to be available in Norway. Mr. Smith CEO David Justin, and Creative Director Freda Rossidis visited Norway earlier this month to host a launch event at Moteforum in Oslo, which was attended by some of the industry’s leading stylists and influencers.
Alexander Lindbeck, Business Manager of Norwegian distributor, Frends says that he was drawn to the brand’s image of style and substance, as well as its “quality, looks, and selectiveness in the market.” Lindbeck added that he was most excited about Mr. Smith’s volume products and Dry Shampoo.
As Northern Hemisphere Fashion Weeks draw to their conclusion, the Mr. Smith Creative Team, led by Creative Director, Freda Rossidis, have begun reflecting on their time working across shows in New York, London, Paris and Milan.
To mark the end of one of the most important – an exciting – periods on the fashion calendar, we thought we’d recap on three incredible shows that the team worked on during this year’s New York Fashion Week.
Click here to view all of Mr. Smith’s work from New York Fashion Week.
Noon by Noor
Paolo Soffiatti led the hair team for Bahrain based womenswear label, Noon by Noor’s Spring/Summer ready-to-wear collection. Modern and effortless with a focus on striking prints and intricate embellishments, Noon by Noor’s refined aesthetic fuses understated luxury with a playful femininity.
The hair brief was to keep the women as “cool and fresh” as possible said Paolo. “I’m always very inspired by what I see on the street, so I often try to recreate that. My interpretation of this brief was to create looks that felt very natural with a little grunge touch. For me it’s the details that make all of the difference, so I used the Mr. Smith Foundation, Hairspray and Serum, to create really detailed textural elements that were shaped to the head.
New York Fashion Week staple, Rachel Comey returned to the event this year after a brief sabbatical to Los Angeles last year. Opening this year’s event with a dinner presentation at the Met Breuer, Comey dazzled guests with a collection that “celebrated the unique personality, and personalities, of New York.”
“Rachel wanted to ensure each of the girls presented as their own characters,” said Michael Silva, who created the styling for Mr. Smith. “We decided that the best way to create an individualised look that was reflective of the individual, was to choose their styles based on what they looked liked when the arrived at the test. For Rachel, the quintessential New York girl is a cool, confident, chic and intellectual, so I played on that.”
“Essentially, I created an enhanced version of themselves. I pushed the cut and texture to heighten their natural look. The combination of Foundation, Serum and Texture Spray allowed me to add texture while keeping the hair looking natural. To finish, I used the Shaper to give each looks its final definition.”
Designers to New York’s ‘cool set’, Beckett Fogg and Piotrek Panszczyk presented a collection that focused on the nine-to-five wardrobe of the Area woman. An eclectic – and at times eccentric – collection, the duo presented a vibrant mix of daywear designed to be worn all day (and night) long.
Stylist Shingo Shibata’s brief was clear – create a mix of boho-sport and 1960s retro. An enticing prospect. “The 1960s were such a fantastic, free time for hair,” said Shibata. “We created a lot of really sculptured braids and sleek ponytails for this show. We did, however, try to keep the pony really natural and complement this with some extreme hair pieces to really bring to life the 1960s nostalgia.”
Mr. Smith is proud to announce the arrival of two new products for Spring.
Adding to our range of performance driven styling products, our much anticipated Mr. Smith Hairspray will hit salons over the coming weeks. Crafted to offer a medium to strong hold, without inhibiting the hair’s natural movement, our hairspray has been designed for session work and styling.
“A high-quality hairspray is essential for all stylist’s toolkits,” says Mr. Smith Creative Director, Freda Rossidis. “We’ve spent many months creating and refining our hairspray to ensure that it will excel – from a performance perspective – at the very highest level.”
Delivering flexibility and control, the Mr. Smith Hairspray will function as your ultimate finishing tool.
Complementing the release of our hairspray will be Mr. Smith’s first foray into non hair-specific products with the release of our Exfoliating Body Wash.
Designed to deeply cleanse while invigorating the skin, our Exfoliating Body Wash is both rich in antioxidants and vitamins that replenish the skin’s moisture while helping rejuvenate and purify the skin. Incorporating mango butter, acai berry and mandarin extract, the body wash will hydrate, refresh and reinvigorate with every wash.
The Mr. Smith Hairspray and Body Wash will be available at your favourite Mr. Smith salon this September.
Last week, the Mr. Smith Creative Team descended on Men’s Fashion Week to lead the hair teams on two of this year’s most talked about shows: Justin O’Shea’s much-hyped debut collection since departing Brioni, and rising cult favourite, Alejandro Gomez Palomo’s new collection for Palomo Spain.
When 24-year-old Palomo unveiled his debut collection in New York this year, he did so to critical acclaim, with W Magazine gushing that Palomo Spain was the “most exciting show at New York Fashion Week”. Palomo’s Paris premiere was no different. Following the idea of a “flamenco boy playing with fashion”, models donned flamenco-inspired outfits with graphic ruffling, cropped fitted jackets and kicky flared trousers in an illuminating palette of iridescent whites, blacks, and reds.
Complementing Palomo’s contemporary flamenco aesthetic, lead stylist Michaël Delmas utilised Mr. Smith products to individually define each model’s hair, working with hats and head scarves to create a series of looks that were as distinct as the collection itself.
Not many shows received as much media attention as SSS World Corp’s – the new label from Australian enfant terrible, Justin O’Shea – debut collection. Partnering with 032c fashion editor, Marc Goehring, on a guerilla fashion show in front of the Ritz Hotel on Place Vendôme.
Titled “Aloha from Hell” the collection featured a mix of high-end tailoring with streetwear sensibility combining suits and overcoats with Hawaiian shirts, tees and sneakers. Lead stylist Pawel Solis used Mr. Smith’s products to deliver a series of looks inspired by the streets, mixing cornrows with a number of highly stylised unkempt looks.
Click here to view all of Mr. Smith’s work at this year’s Paris Men’s Fashion Week.
Mr. Smith is excited to announce the addition of a shaper to its growing range of performance driven styling products.
Designed to create texture and define shape, Mr. Smith’s Shaper is infused with babassu butter, passionflower and kakadu plum, which both nourishes and strengthens the hair.
Providing high hold and medium shine, the Shaper’s enhanced antioxidants and wattleseed extract work to replenish moisture and improve scalp health.
“The Mr. Smith Shaper is perfect for everyday use on short hair for both women and men and can be used to separate and define longer hair,” said Creative Director, Freda Rossidis.
“Recently we’ve been seeing a more defined, molded look across the runway shows we’ve been working on in Europe. These looks naturally transition to editorial, which in-turn is reflected in what clients request at a salon level. It’s the perfect product for where we see current styling trends headed.”
Finishing with medium shine, the Mr. Smith Shaper is PETA certified, sulfate, paraben and silicone free.
Style. Substance. Simplicity.
Mr. Smith is constantly evolving to ensure our products are at the cutting edge – the quality of our products is matched only by their design and functionality. As we always say: we are dedicated to style, substance and simplicity by design.
We love receiving and responding to customer feedback and in order to maximise product usability, we’re proud to introduce our bespoke Mr. Smith Pump. Created in the signature Mr. Smith aesthetic, our pumps are reusable, hygienic and compatible with our full range of shampoo and conditioner products.
Available exclusively at all Mr. Smith salons next week.
Style. Substance. Simplicity.
Over the past month, Mr. Smith was joined by three members of its International Creative Team, and Creative Director, Freda Rossidis, for a series of look and learn nights and workshops in Sydney and Melbourne.
New York based Helen Reavey and Stefano Greco were joined by Paris based Pawel Solis forAn Evening with Mr. Smith. Reproducing and teaching the techniques behind the looks they had collectively worked on at the recent Paris, Milan, London, and New York Fashion Weeks, guests were introduced to twelve cutting-edge styles at the forefront of current styling trends.
An Evening with Mr. Smith was followed by the intimate and hands-on Workshop with Mr. Smithlead by Pawel, Helen, Stefano, and Freda. With each participant receiving one-on-one time with the team, these workshops took An Evening with Mr. Smith to the next level, offering the practical techniques required to create the looks they had been exposed to the night before. Integrating the Mr. Smith stying range, each participant left with a new set of skills and techniques they could utilise and interpret in their salon.
The Mr. Smith Creative Team is getting set to present a series of Mr. Smith Education sessions in major cities across Australia.
Our Creative Team works at the cutting edge of international editorial styling, and these sessions present an exclusive opportunity to learn from some of the industry’s finest, internationally renowned talent.
Our up-coming program is designed to deliver highly specialised tuition for stylists of all levels of experience. You’ll find advanced interactive workshops for senior stylists, as well as introductory ‘look and learn’ sessions that uncover the secrets of layering Mr. Smith products to achieve our signature styling looks.
At Mr. Smith, all of our products are conceived and refined to meet the needs of stylists working in the editorial space. This influence defines our education programs for stylists and salons alike.
Meet some of the Mr. Smith Education Team:
Freda Rossidis – Mr. Smith Creative Director, Freda Rossidis is one of Australia’s leading stylists with over 20 years’ experience working across runway, editorial, advertising and celebrity styling.
Freda has worked internationally with Prada, Chanel, Fendi, Rick Owens, Tom Ford, Givenchy, Dior, Balmain, Dolce & Gabbana, Hermes and Burberry and has directed shows at New York, Paris and Australian fashion weeks. Her work has appeared on the pages of Elle, Marie Claire, Sunday Magazine, Grazia, Black, Instyle, Noise and Madison. Recently, Rossidis led the Mr. Smith Creative Team as Hair Director for the Liselore Frowijn show at Paris Fashion Week.
Helen Reavey – New York-based Helen Reavey is rapidly emerging as one of the world’s most innovative editorial stylists. Her editorial work has featured in Vogue, W Magazine, Elle, Flaunt, New York, WWD and Harper’s Bazaar.
A stylist for brands such as Net-a-Porter, Chanel, Tom Ford, Fendi, Givenchy and Balmain, Reavey works across fashion weeks in Paris, New York, Milan and London. In January 2017, Reavey led the Mr. Smith Creative Team as Hair Director for the Ralph and Russo show at Paris Couture Fashion Week.
Pawel Solis – Pawel is an international stylist with a reputation for working with some of the world’s most respected fashion brands and publications, including Vogue, Man About Town, T Magazine, Interview, Elle, SSAW and Harper’s Bazaar.
Following his training in Milan, Pawel started working at Men’s and Women’s Fashion Weeks in New York, London, Milan and Paris, working with many of the industry’s best. He regularly works on shows for Prada, Tom Ford, Fendi, Givenchy, Balmain, Gucci and Chanel. Recently, Solis led the Mr. Smith Creative Team as Hair Director for the Samuel Guî Yang show at London Fashion Week.
Stefano Greco – based in New York City, Stefano’s work regularly graces the covers and pages
of Vogue, Elle, Madame Figaro, InStyle, Harper’s Bazaar, Gracie, Glitter, OOB, Issue Magazine, W Magazine, L’Officiel, Cosmopolitan, Vision, Sunday Style, Flaunt, Schon and Marie Claire.
Stefano has been a mainstay on the international fashion week circuit for many years and regularly works on shows for Chanel, Stella McCartney, Fendi, Maison Margiela, Rick Owen and Tom Ford.
To get involved or find out more about the other education sessions we offer email:firstname.lastname@example.org
On Tuesday, Mr. Smith Creative Director Freda Rossidis and Stefano Greco led the Mr. Smith Creative Team as they oversaw the hair direction for the premiere of rising Dutch designer Liselore Frowijn’s Autumn/Winter collection at Paris Fashion Week.
An official selection on this year’s schedule, Frowijn, who is renowned for her sophisticated prints, presented a street-inspired collection, hallmarked by the colours of India and the freedom of movement.
“Liselore’s inspiration was all about a nomadic woman – women who are strong and sleek. I tried to reflect that in the looks we created; refined pony tails with a slick sophistication,” said Rossidis. “A good pony is something that is really hard to pull off, but the team did an amazing job making something so familiar look effortless and contemporary.”
The show’s finale, a simple and singular visual statement, saw all models tethered together by white bandanas, provoking Frowijn’s notion that the runway can also act as a podium to express ideals on equality of race, sexuality, gender and religion. A powerful end to an incredible show.
View the full collection and looks here.
Today we’re excited to announce the addition of an adaptable mousse to our growing range of high-end styling products.
Lightweight and flexible, Mr. Smith Mousse builds the hair by adding fullness and volume, while allowing malleability to create smooth, robust silhouettes. Combining moisturising properties with protection from humidity, each application creates thicker, fuller hair without crunch or flakiness.
“We’ve been getting a lot of feedback from our stylists and salons, particularly overseas, that a mousse would be a valuable addition to our styling range, but we didn’t want to create any old mousse,” said Freda Rossidis, Mr. Smith Creative Director.
“The great thing about our mousse, is that it creates significant volume when layered, but allows for a really flexible hold without a hint of crunch.”
The Mr. Smith Mousse is PETA certified vegan, sulfate and paraben free and available now at your favorite Mr. Smith salon.
When the lights came down on Ralph & Russo‘s SS17 presentation at Paris Haute Couture, the 600 guests gathered at the Grand Palais had no sense of the wave of activity taking place backstage. Instead, each sat transfixed as 47 models paraded 54 beguiling looks, ahead of Alessandra Ambrosio closing the show in a climactic ending that saw her appear as the SS17 bride.
Backstage, 20 Mr. Smith stylists – led by Hair Director, Helen Reavey – had spent six hours perfecting the distinctive brunette bobs and blunt fringes that graced the show’s models. Comprising hand-picked stylists from Australia, Europe, Japan and the United States, the team was tasked with bringing the Mr. Smith creative team’s vision to life.
Having tirelessly prepared by cutting hair for three days prior to the show, each member of the Mr. Smith team worked to create a unified looked for each model and outfit. The results delivered were – like the clothes themselves – absolutely extraordinary.
To view all the backstage action and the Ralph & Russo SS17 collection click here.
Style. Substance. Simplicity.
We are delighted to announce that Mr. Smith International Ambassador, Helen Reavey and the Mr. Smith Creative Team will direct and lead the hair team for luxury fashion house Ralph & Russo’s SS17 collection at Paris Haute Couture Week this Monday.
Founded by Australia’s Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo, the eponymous label was the first British-based brand to be elected in almost 100 years by the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture to show its collection on the official schedule at Paris Haute Couture Week. Combining technical expertise and impeccable craftsmanship, Ralph & Russo is coveted by clients from Beyoncé to Naomi Campbell and have had their pieces exhibited at London’s V&A Museum.
With 17 members of the Mr. Smith team making their way to Paris, our collaboration on this show with Creative Director, Tamara Ralph continues our mission of partnering with like brands to deliver on our promise of “style and substance.”
Keep and eye out across all Mr. Smith social media channels for live updates and follow @ralphandrusso for all the action.
The Mr. Smith Team
As 2016 draws to an end and we reflect on the year that’s been, we can’t help but think, where did that year go?
This year, Mr. Smith has launched four new products; begun working in Sweden, Japan, The Netherlands, Switzerland and Czech Republic; participated in London, Milan, New York and Paris Fashion Weeks; and continued our pursuit of creating meticulously crafted products that deliver on our ethos of “style and substance.”
If 2016 was big, 2017 is set to be our most significant year to date — we’ll launch into new international markets, unveil a suite of new products and collaborate on something very special at Paris Couture Fashion Week.
While it might seem like the year’s flown by, none of this would be possible without the extraordinary support of you, our customers. It’s because of you (our greatest advocates) that we’ve been able to grow, refine and create the type of products that you asked for and that have set us apart.
So from the entire Mr. Smith team, we wanted to say “thanks and happy holidays.”
See you next year…
The Mr. Smith Team
To mark the end of an incredible year for Mr. Smith, we are proud to present the first of our 2017 campaign imagery – Three by Mr. Smith.
Conceived by Creative Director Freda Rossidis and created in conjunction with our international ambassador Helen Reavey, Three by Mr. Smith was brought to life by an amazing group of creative talent.
Partnering once again with renowned photographer Steven Chee, stylist Marina Didovich and make up artist Max May, each image has been created to highlight the quality and versatility of the of the entire Mr. Smith collection.
Entitle “Three” to mirror the Mr. Smith mantra of “style, substance and simplicity,” our 2017 campaign imagery will begin appearing online and in Mr. Smith salons in Australia, Europe, the United States and Japan over the coming months.
Style. Substance. Simplicity.
Adding to our growing collection of treatment products, we’re excited to announce the arrival of our new colour enhancing treatment, Mr. Smith Blond.
Designed to remove yellow and brassy tones from bleached and coloured hair, the Mr. Smith Blond tones, balances and adds vibrancy to blonde coloured hair. Almond, lavender and orange peel oils work to calm the scalp, while wheat protein strengthens and repairs damaged cells.
“The Mr. Smith Blond is unlike any toning product I’ve used,” said Mr. Smith Creative Director, Freda Rossidis. “The pigment offers a vibrancy and richness I’ve not seen before”. She adds, “In developing the product, we’ve created a toner that is adaptable to all hair types – depending on the length of time it’s left on the hair, the product can be tailored to achieve different tones.”
Rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, Mr. Smith Blond is PETA certified vegan and is free from sulfates, parabens and silicone.
Mr. Smith Blond is now available exclusively at Mr. Smith retailers. To find your nearest stockist, call: +61 3 9416 3040 or email: email@example.com
In line with our mission to create exceptional, Australian-made hair care products that deliver on performance, we’re thrilled to announce two new products to the collection of Mr. Smith luxury essentials – Mr. Smith Masque and
Mr. Smith Dry Shampoo.
As the season of cocktail parties, beach breaks and festivals draws near, Mr. Smith Dry Shampoo is your ultimate go-to for fresh holiday hair. Destined to make plenty of new friends this summer, the Mr. Smith Dry Shampoo revives dull, limp and oily locks in seconds; absorbing excess oil from the hair and scalp; adding instant volume; and effortlessly extending style between washes.
“We know how it is: you’re on the road and need an instant boost. Or you’re rushing from work to the gym then out to an event. Life can be hectic – sometimes your hair needs a little help,” says Mr. Smith Creative Director, Freda Rossidis. “We wanted to create a high quality dry shampoo that not only did the job with freshness and body, but left the hair smelling great too.”
Joining the Mr. Smith Dry Shampoo this spring is another formidable new product, the curative Mr. Smith Masque.
Rich and restorative, the Mr. Smith Masque is infused with marula oil, frankincense and mango butter to nourish and strengthen the hair. Scientifically developed and made in Australia, the masque’s combination of vitamins and antioxidants have been designed to target and treat damaged hair, and deliver deep hydration.
“While we’re continuing to focus on the Mr. Smith styling range, our growing suite of treatment products is becoming increasingly important at salon level” said Mr. Smith founder, David Justin.
“I truly believe that great styling begins with a solid foundation of healthy, nourished hair” Justin says. “We’ve been developing this product since the very early days of Mr. Smith, and the wait has been worth it. It’s exciting to finally have a truly exceptional product as the cornerstone of our treatment range.”
Available mid-October, the Mr. Smith Masque and Mr. Smith Dry Shampoo are free of sulfates and parabens, and are PETA certified vegan.
Last week over 170 stylists, media and industry descended on Allpress Studio in Collingwood for An Evening with Mr. Smith.
Guests were greeted with Allpress espresso martinis before settling in for a styling master-class with Creative Director Freda Rossidis, Australian Ambassador Dolly Ward and special guest, New York-based International Ambassador, Helen Reavey.
Presenting twelve looks that each stylist worked on during the most recent London, Milan and Paris Fashion Weeks, the audience was presented with work from Fendi, Chanel, Maison Margiela, Y-3, Rick Owens, Tod’s, Etro and Hermès. Head to our Facebook gallery to check out all of the action from the night.
With our founder currently in the United States and our technical team having recently returned from Europe – where they worked on the Mr. Smith launch in Prague, as well as shows for Kenzo, Chanel, Fendi, Dior, Giambattista Valli, J. Mendel and Y3 at Milan and Paris Fashion Weeks – it’s been a big month for Mr. Smith.
To mark the end of July, we’ll be releasing the final video tutorial in our six-part product series with stylist Sarah Caporale, who takes us through the best way to utilise the Mr. Smith Serum. Complementing The Foundation, Sea Salt Spray, Texture Spray, Crème and Paste videos, the full collection can now be viewed on our Facebook and YouTube pages.
If July was busy, August is set to be to be a massive month for Mr. Smith. Stay tuned to social media for some exciting news…
Mr. Smith Technical Director Freda Rossidis provides us with a step-by-step breakdown on how to create the tousled wave from our recent campaign.
1. Wash and condition hair with Mr. Smith Balancing Shampoo and Conditioner;
2. Towel dry hair and work a liberal amount of Foundation through the hair from roots to ends and blast dry;
3. Section hair vertically from over the ears to centre part or side part. Take a medium curling iron and curl all the hair back towards the centre;
4. Allow hair to cool then spray with Sea Salt Spray and blast through hair to soften and create for a worn in / natural finish;
5. Finish by running 1-2 drops of the Mr. Smith Serum through mid lengths to ends.
To celebrate the arrival of Mr. Smith in the Czech Republic, an intimate launch was held at Stolen Salon in Prague. With media, industry and influencers in attendance, the Mr. Smith Technical Team created three looks that highlighted the quality and versatility of all Mr. Smith products.
Mr. Smith international brand ambassador Helen Reavey worked with Mr. Smith products to produce the looks for the editorial “A City of Contrasts” that is featured in the June 2016 edition of Harper’s Bazaar Kazakhstan.
Mr. Smith brand ambassador Dolly Ward used Mr. Smith products to create the looks on a recent shoot for Yen. The editorial ‘Roadside’ is featured in the June edition of the magazine, which is on sale now.
Model | Kia Low
Photographer | David Cohen de Lara
Stylist | Nicki Colbran
Hair | Dolly Ward for Mr. Smith
Make up | Gillian Campbell
New York-based Helen Reavey is rapidly emerging as one of the most innovative editorial hairstylists in the industry today.
Helen collaborates with some of the most renowned photographers for publications such as Elle, WWD, W-magazine, Wonderland, Harper’s Bazaar, Nylon, NY Magazine and L’Official.
Helen recently directed two shows at Paris fashion week 2016 for Peet Dullaert and Liselore Frowijn. Helen also works at fashion weeks in New York, London, Milan and Paris with teams for leading artists Sam McKnight, Eugene Souleiman, Duffy and Christiaan Houtenbos on shows such as Chanel, Burberry, Fendi, Rick Owens, Tom Ford, Givenchy, Margiela and Balmain.
With an aesthetic that is editorially driven her work is equally edgy and dynamic. Helen has developed a reputation as one of the go-to stylists for the world’s leading industry brands and media.
Marking our first venture into Asia, Mr. Smith is now available in Japan. This adds to our growing presence in Australia, Europe, the USA and New Zealand.
To celebrate, a launch event was held in late March at the Isetan Men’s store in Tokyo. Isetan is currently Mr. Smith’s exclusive stockist in Japan, with more retailers coming on board later in 2016. An editorial featuring the brand as well as the Isetan launch was covered on leading men’s fashion and lifestyle website Hypebeast, alongside other Japanese press who have been quick to embrace Mr. Smith.
For any inquiries about Mr. Smith in Japan please contact:
We spent 5 minutes with Mr. Smith brand ambassador Dolly Ward – who we collaborated with for the premiere of our videos series – to find out what makes her tick, where she finds inspiration and what she sees as the future of hairstyling.
How long have you been a stylist?
I’ve been hairdressing since I was 14, so I’ve been in the industry for 11 years. Only over the past year have I seen myself as an editorial stylist.
What got you in to hairdressing?
I was born a hair dresser, I know that sounds really cliché but my mum used to buy me old dolls heads from Vinnie’s, I used to cut girls hair at school and I would do my mum’s and sister’s hair. It’s just in me. I love the power of making women and men look beautiful. I just love hair. I can’t see myself ever doing anything else.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
One of my favourite websites is WE ARE SO DROEE – it has pretty much every editorial that comes out, and I’m on there every single day. I also look at people like Duffy and Anthony Turner, who are my hair gods. I’m always interested to see what they’re doing.
What designers do you take inspiration from or look to for future trends?
I love Chanel, I’ve always been a bit of a Chanel girl, I just love the sophistication and the elegance. A girl always looks so sexy in Chanel. I also like anything that’s a little bit gothy and anything that makes girls look strong and independent.
Who are your dream collaborators?
Anthony Turner is my number one. Even if I had to stand there and hand him a pin, I would be more than happy with that. I would love to work with Sam McKnight just so see how his mind works and how he comes up with those crazy croissant buns.
I’d love to work with Mario Testino, and Chanel again- I think Chanel brings out the most beautiful sexy side in a woman and I would love to be a part of that.
If you could cut or style one persons hair, living or dead who would it be?
I would love to work with Rhianna, I love that she’s always changing her style and pushing the limits and trying to be a bit different to everyone else. It would be a challenge to work with that kind of hair- it’s not something that I’m necessarily experienced in, so I would love that challenge.
Do you listen to music when you’re working and what’s on your iPod at the moment?
I am a Radiohead girl through and through; I listen to them nearly every single day. They are like a form of meditation for me; I think it keeps me grounded. Its always fun to party to a bit of hip hop, but at the end of the day if I’m trying to research a look or looking for inspo Radiohead is always playing. I also love Pixies, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, alt-J, Sigur Rós.
Have you ever seen them live?
I have, on my 19th birthday. I was on air when I left; they played an incredible set, the production was just insane, he really connected with the crowd. Not in the sense that he spoke a lot, because I think he’s quite shy, but in a way with the music and the energy he gave off. I went by myself, and I loved every single second of it. I came out inspired and emotional.
Karma police – for a minute there I lost myself, it really connects with me. Its just something about those lyrics that I connect to, it makes we feel warm.
You’ve recently collaborated with us on our video series; talk us through the look you created.
Mr. Smith inspired me. The aesthetic that Mr. Smith is after is exactly what I’m about- I like lived in, a little bit grungy, a little bit salty hair. I like a girl to have amazing hair but also to look like she’s kind of done it herself.
The look that I created for the video series was a bit of a messy knot – I really wanted to have that texture and show The Foundation and the Texture Spray that I used in the hair.
What do you love about the Mr. Smith products?
There’s nothing I don’t love about the products, I’ve never really liked a range this much. I love the smell – every single person that’s around me when I use Mr. Smith comments on the smell. I love that its Australian, I love the packaging, but most importantly, it delivers. The Foundation is the best product that I’ve ever used and I will have it in my kit forever. I go through almost two tubes a week. I love it, its just beautiful. If I want to get a big sexy beautiful blow dry I can just use The Foundation. If I want something a bit beachy and a bit textured I’ll use The Foundation and the Texture Spray or the Sea Salt Spray. I’ve found that any look that I need to create, I’ve got Mr. Smith to help me create it.
The WWD (USA) March 2016 cover and editorial ‘Real Girls’ features hair by Helen Reavey created using Mr. Smith.
“Models once walked the runway in uniform beauty looks, but in recent seasons, backstage makeup artists and hairstylists have stepped away from the tools, products and highfalutin creative inspiration – letting each individual stay true to her own features and style.
Photography by David Urbane
Makeup by Grace Ahn using DIOR
Hair by Helen Reavey using MR. SMITH
Stylist Dolly Ward has forged a career at the cutting-edge of editorial and runway styling in both Australia and New York. Having honed her craft over seven years at internationally renowned salon Prema, Dolly begun her editorial career under the tutelage of some of Australia’s most sought-after session stylists.”
The go-to stylist for some of the world’s most innovative fashion houses and brands, Dolly has worked on runway shows for Romance Was Born, Ellery, Bec & Bridge, Manning Cartel, Ginger & Smart and Emma Mulholland in Australia; and Tome, The Blonds, Alon Livne, Mara Hoffman and Ruffian in New York. With an aesthetic that is at once raw and beautiful, Dolly effortlessly sits at the nexus of youth culture and fashion. Her work has appeared in the pages of Russh, Yen, ID, Oyster, Pages Digital, HUF and Bulett Magazine.
Dolly is signed to Union Management.
Mr. Smith is proud to announce that we have extended our presence in Europe, through a number of exclusive salons across Switzerland.
Switzerland joins a growing list of countries where Mr. Smith is available including: Australia, the United States, New Zealand, Sweden and the Netherlands.
For Swiss stockists please contact:
Haldenstrasse 5, 6340 Baar, Switzerland
+41 41 761 37 60
To coincide with the launch of our new collection, Mr. Smith has been collaborating with some of our most talented and creative friends and photographers and today we’re excited to announce the launch of our brand new video series and YouTube channel.
Working with five of Australia’s most established and upcoming stylists – Freda Rossidis, Lucy Cardoza, Sarah Caporale, Dolly Ward and Liam Hubbard – we have a produced an ongoing video series that showcase how these individuals work to produce some of their favourite and most innovative looks.
Style. Substance. Mr Smith.
We are excited to announce that Mr. Smith is launching an online video series.
Marking the next evolution in the brand’s progression, the Mr. Smith Creative Team has recently delivered the looks for two key Paris Fashion Week runway shows – Peet Dullaert and Liselore Frowijn – under the creative eye of Hair Director, Helen Reavey.
Entering a dreamlike state, Dutch fashion house Peet Dullaert delivered their Fall/Winter ready-to-wear collection, Disruptive Zen. An ode to the beauty of the night, Disruptive Zen was a contemporary reflection on daydream culture and modern nostalgia. Complementing the new collection, Helen created a series of looks using the Mr. Smith Styling range that reflected the inspiration drawn from nocturnal harmony and the collection’s contemporary and intelligent silhouettes.
Rising Dutch designer and winner of the 2014 Chloé Prize, Liselore Frowijn unveiled a layered collection that emanated off the runway with it’s graphic collage prints and bold, colourful hues. Using French sculptor and filmmaker Niki de Saint Phalle as her muse, Frowijn incorporated a variety of striking contrasts into her collection including new and recycled textiles.
Friend of Mr. Smith Pawel Solis is a world renowned hair stylist who consistently works with the most elite fashion houses and magazines.
Pawel used the Mr. Smith styling products to create the looks on his recent shoot for Vogue Ukraine with model Sabrina Ioffreda.
Pawel has also recently used the Mr.Smith Products in editorial shoots for Huger Magazine Iceland and Harpers Bazaar Romania.
Mr. Smith is excited to announce that we are now available in Europe, as well as the United States, New Zealand and Australia.
Having recently launched it the Netherlands through a number of exclusive salons, Mr. Smith will soon be available in Sweden following our successful pop-up shop in Stockholm last December.
Helen Reavey is an internationally acclaimed hair stylist who regularly works with some of the most exclusive brands and finest magazines in the fashion industry. Helen used the Mr. Smith styling products to create the looks on her recent shoot with Nylon Singapore.
The 12-page editorial ‘Dark Summer’ is featured in the November 2015 issue of the magazine.
Helen has also used Mr. Smith products in recent editorials for L’Officiel Switzerland and Harper’s Bazaar Poland.
Mr. Smith is pleased to announce the arrival of our 2015 collection.
Featuring twelve new products across shampoo, conditioner, styling and treatment, the new range from Mr. Smith builds on our ethos of “style, substance and simplicity: style above all else, substance of ingredients – simplicity by design.”
The collection features all new hydrating, volumising and stimulating shampoos and conditioners, which have been specifically developed to complement Mr. Smith’s brand new collection of styling and treatment products.
Hallmarking the styling collection is The Foundation. Creating volume and body, The Foundation delivers flexible hold and natural movement, providing the perfect basis from which to style from. With a vision to create exceptional, Australian made, luxury hair care products, crafted from a selection of Australian botanicals and essential oils, our styling range also features a Crème, Texture Spray, Paste and a uniquely formulated Sea Salt Spray. Unlike anything currently on the market, the Mr. Smith Sea Salt Spray is your ultimate summer companion. Formulated to create beach hair instantly, our Sea Salt Spray is a transformative product that delivers added UV protection, while revitalising your hair.
Rounding out the 2015 Collection is the Mr. Smith Serum. Our first ever styling and treatment product, Mr. Smith’s Serum has been designed to be both weightless and restorative. Infused with argan, jojoba and hempseed oil, our Serum moisturises and nourishes, while strengthening damaged and brittle hair. This antioxidant-rich, leave-in product promotes stronger, healthier hair, while providing added heat protection.
Mr. Smith believes that what we leave out is just important as what we leave in. That’s why we’re committed to creating products that do not contain SLS or parabens; why we’ve never tested on animals and why all of our products have been PETA-Certified.
For full details or to learn more about each product, visit mr-smith.com.au
Style. Substance. Mr. Smith.
The basis from which to build, Mr. Smith’s The Foundation creates volume and body, while providing flexible hold and natural movement. A blend of organic Australian natives (including quandong extract, lemon aspen & desert lime) nourishes and protects the hair, while enhancing and maintaining style.
The centrepiece of Mr. Smith’s new collection of styling products, The Foundation is the first of 12 new products we’ll be announcing over the coming two weeks.
Style. Substance. Mr. Smith
The Foundation should be used as the starting point for everyday styling.
Hair: @frankapostolopoulos & @fredarossidis