1951: outsider author J.D Salinger writes The Catcher in the Rye pitching the rebellious teen Holden Caulfield against the privileged elite of Ivy League. Caulfield represents the new mood of the post-war decade, a rebel refusing to accept the outdated conventions of American culture.
2015: Sassoon Academy’s new collection The Group takes inspiration from Salinger’s iconic novel creating a space where Ivy League socialites meet the misfits of Beat. Wholesome jocks and Vassar girls fit for a yacht in Hyannisport elide against the rebellious Karma Bums. Colours cover the spectrum of blonde from sun-kissed and sea-sprayed through to down and out dirty; cuts veer from clean-cut barbered elegance to textured dishevelment with fins and feathers of offbeat disconnection. This is Sassoon. This is Hair Design.
VASSAR The sartorial icon of the Vassar girl is the touchstone for a series of sophisticated offset shapes that fall in waves around the face in shades of soignee honey blonde, amber and gold.
IVY LEAGUE A clean-cut streamlined Kennedys inspired look using classic barbering techniques on a ground of crisp white linen blonde strengthened with awkward partings.
KARMA BUMS Ivy style is subverted by the subterranean culture of beat Zen as Kerouac’s rebellious outsiders work a matte fur-like texture within natural hairlines. Internal cutting creates the shape with lupine colours of violet and grey.
Hair: The International Creative Team led by Mark Hayes @ Sassoon – UK
Collection: The Academy Collection SS15
Ph: Colin Roy
Make-up: Daniel Koleric
Styling: Lucie Perrier
Colour: Peter Dawson @ The International Creative Team led