Working as a lead hairstylist for New York Fashion Week runway shows is an opportunity that many stylists covet. And unsurprisingly celebrity stylist James Pecis is handling the job like a champ (he is styling not one show this season, but 13!). Before he got to work with his team of Paul Mitchell® stylists on the models walking the Yigal Azourel runway last Friday, we asked him a few questions about his career, vision, fave products and how he lives beautifully. Here’s what he had to say:
Paul Mitchell: What is your favorite hair look that you’ve seen on the runway this season?
James Pecis: There are a lot of cool shows this season. I feel like people are changing; they want more of a look. I’m doing 13 show just in New York this season. There’s a lot to look forward to. I don’t want to spill the beans yet!
PM: What are your top three styling essentials right now?
JP: Amazing people, amazing products and we have a crystal that we carry as well for good vibes! It’s all about having a super team. And we’re using great products. That’s all you really need.
PM: What look do you think will be popular this fall and winter?
JP: There’s a lot of awkwardness with the hair. So it’s about taking looks that are a little more conventional and then tweaking them to look a little more awkward. I think people want to see something like awkward sectioning.
PM: Is there a trend or style that you wish would die out? And is there a style that you can’t get enough of?
JP: If I see another squiggly line on someone’s forehead, I think I’m going to run away. I think it’s been played out.
PM: What’s your favorite Awapuhi Wild Ginger or Paul Mitchell product?
JP: Awapuhi Wild Ginger® Shine Spray™╌it’s really easy for this [look]. We’re building up a lot of strength using hair spray and a blow-dryer, but then we freshen it up with Shine Spray. We add it on top of the product to make the hair look rich.
PM: Quick tip/trick to achieve the Yigal runway show look?
JP: Today’s look is pretty straightforward. It’s a low ponytail. But the idea is that there’s no parting, so we’re trying to get the hair straight back. In order to do that, you really need to build up section by section with a blow-dryer and your product to keep the direction going back. So use your product and your blow-dryer little bit by little bit.
PM: What's the thing, as an artist, that sets you apart (if you had to pick just one)?
JP: Carrying a crystal [laughs].
PM: Who is your fave hair style icon?
JP: Christiaan. He’s super inspiring. He’s pretty iconic.
PM: What does living beautifully mean to you?
JP: Assuming from everything I know about him [Paul Mitchell and John Paul DeJoria], I strongly believe in [this mentality] as well. We work in an industry that can be extremely superficial. It’s about fashion. It’s about beauty. But it’s really something that comes from inside.
Well said. Here’s to living beautifully!
To see James’ final look for the show, click here.