We very lucky to have been invited to the launch party for the Session School the other week. Lucky in oh so many ways.
Firstly we got to see our very first fashion employers again- the lovely Rick and Lucille Lewin who were the founders of Whistles. It was my very first job and boy did I learn a lot as assistant to Lucille, the production manager and the designer, as well as being an occasional shopgirl! Rick and Lucille own the space that is now dedicated to the Session School, located above the Chiltern Street Studio (I can still recall sweeping that courtyard!).
Next on the lucky list is the fact that I got the meet Dani Guinsberg and the team who have founded the brilliant Session School, housed in a stunning high ceilinged and sky-lit white washed space in Marylebone. The concept is to create a school where amateurs and professionals can hone their skills in both hair and make up. The team’s feeling is that in order to be as successful as possible within the industry, you really need to be expert at both hair and make up.
Dani, a highly experienced make up artists of over 14 years experience with work published in Vogue, Marie Claire and Elle, along with Sara Hill, make up artist to celebrities like Grace Jones, La Roux, Kanye West and the Sugababes, and Julie Jacobs, make up artist who has worked on catwalk shows for Miu Miu, Prada, Leowe and Louis Vuitton, are overseeing the make up training. Jennie Roberts, a highly successful hair stylist to the likes of Kate Winslet, Rihanna and Take That, alongside Ben Cooke, creator of Posh’s ‘Pob’, and Jonathan Long, one of the most sought after hairdressers and stylists of the moment, are the team sharing their incredible hair styling skills.
Finally on the lucky list is the fact that we got to meet the utterly delicious and delightful David Gandy. He’s a very close friend of Dani’s and had come along to support the launch of her new venture. One thing you don’t get to really see from that Dolce ad is the fact that he has the most incredible blue eyes (what do you mean, you weren’t looking at his eyes?). David is launching a men’s style guide iphone app. We would encourage all of you boys to download it immediately if it’ll make you look anything like the stunning Mr Gandy…
We wish Dani and the stellar team incredible success.
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