Backstage with FHI Heat at the Bibhu Mohapatra A/W ’18 Runway Show at NYFW

Sean James, FHI Heat's Artistic Director, and Key Hair Artist for the Bibhu Mohapatra A/W '18 Show
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New York Fashion Week is once again in full swing, and one of the most coveted runway shows to attend each season is the Bibhu Mohapatra show.  Bibhu is a New York based designer, by way of Odisha India, whose work has graced the pages of publications like Vogue, InStyle, DNA, New York Magazine, Forbes and Time, and worn by such notables as First Lady Michelle Obama, Celine Dion, Mary J. Blige, Priyanka Chopra, Taraji P. Henson and Julianne Moore, to name a few.  I had a chance to to get backstage pre-show for a sneak peek of his beautiful Autumn/Winter 2018 collection, and listen to Los Angeles based hair stylist to the stars Sean James, the newly appointed Artistic Director of FHI Heat and the key hair artist on Bibhu’s show, discuss the inspiration for the catwalk hair look.


(L) FHI Heat’s VP of Global Communications Tracie May-Wagner, (C) Television Personality Miss J. Alexander, (R) FHI Heat’s Artistic Director Sean James

The A/W ’18 collection was inspired by Francesco Clemente’s portraits from the film ”Great Expectations” by Charles Dickens, and the unusual relationship between Miss Havisham and her adopted daughter Estella.  “Bibhu, and the show’s stylist Anya Ziourova, wanted the hair to look child like and specifically undone, reflecting a little girl dressing up in her mother’s clothing.  It’s a relatable look, an everyday, undressed wave for the confident woman of the world.” – Sean James, FHI Heat


A model walks the runway at the Bibhu Mohapatra A/W 2018 Runway Show


A model walks the runway at the Bibhu Mohapatra A/W 2018 Runway Show


A styling station BS at Bibhu Mohapatra A/W ’18

The tools that Sean and his team of fifteen cherry picked hair stylists from across the country used to execute the look were the following:

FHI Heat Platform Nano Salon Pro 2000 Hair Dryer– MSRP: $153.99

FHI Heat Platform 1″ Professional Curling Iron– MSRP: $83.99

FHI Heat Platform 1″ Professional Styling Iron– $139.99

STYLUS High Altitude Root Lift Spray– MSRP: $15

STYLUS Stay Put Mega Hold Hair Spray– MSRP: $20

STYLUS Total Control Maximum Hold Gel

BS images courtesy of FHI Heat & Gonzalo Marroquin W. for Patrick McMullan Company.

Product images courtesy of FHI Heat


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