We’re excited to welcome to the salon our new Creative Director, New Zealand born hairstylist and makeup artist Sky Cripps-Jackson. Sky has 14 years experience in the hair world and has developed a name for herself as one of NZ’s most sought after creative key hair directors. Exclusively working with the likes of Karen Walker and Black Magazine.
Sky has been a favourite in the fashion industry as a creative session stylist. Fostering a holistic approach and uncomplicated yet cutting edge style has seen her work grace many international magazines, campaigns and runway shows.
We caught up with the lady herself to find out a little more about her approach, inspirations, and ideas she will bring to the salon:
First up, what brings you to London and to Glasshouse?
I came in search of new challenges in a different industry culture. London is one of the creative epicentres in the world in the hair & fashion industry. For me it’s always been important to extend myself and this just felt like the natural next step in my journey. Having known Olivia from back in NZ, I’ve had my eye on Glasshouse for a while & love what she’s created. I really identify with the salon’s culture of natural sustainable approach to fashion & hair. I love the fusion of working in the fashion industry and working with clients in the salon. It was the natural move for me.
What exciting things with you be contributing to the team at Glasshouse?
I’m really excited about bringing things I learn on location to clients and staff in the salon. I like to think I give people an opportunity to look at themselves in a slightly different way, however small or big that may be. For staff we’ll be doing workshops around session work, exploring different ways of working with texture, focusing on approach and how we can best deliver that to our clients in a fun & exciting way.
You’ve worked with natural and organic brands brands before. What’s the attraction for you?
I’m a bit of an idealist in that I like to think you can have it all! Working with natural product ranges allow you to have a strong & beautiful look whilst being kind to the environment and yourself.
You also happen to be a very talented makeup artist. Tell us about your style and approach?
Again it just comes down to what I like. As with hair I take a more holistic approach, my focus being about fresh, healthy skin. Keeping really well hydrated inside & out, working with light layers of sheer foundations is key. I work with a lot of natural oils (rosehip, jojoba, lavender etc) and I basically always work with a hydration spray of my favourite essential oil scents. Perfect if you have sensitive skin or don’t like anything over scented.
You’ve come from Stephen Marr. What sort of a foundation has this brought you, both creatively and on the shop floor?
Stephen Marr and the directors I worked with there made a really dynamic environment to grow up in professionally. Their involvement in the wider creative industry in NZ allowed for a fairly broad platform from which to grow and explore areas of leadership, education & creative development- Their culture is all about challenging & encouraging you to be the best professional you can be and gave me the ability to think independently.
You’ve headed fashion week shows in NZ. How do you approach these creatively?
Creating a hair look for a show is really exciting as it’s a time when you get to bring a designer’s concept to life. You will often have been sent moodboards or had conversations with the design team to get an idea of the feel of the collection, from there it’s about asking as many questions as possible around their development process- where they get their inspiration from & the story around it (music, film, character, muse, city….) the more of those questions you ask, the more deeply you understand where the collection has come from & the more effortless my part in the design process can be.
Do you draw inspiration from any particular times, places or people?
Things are always moving forward & for me, inspiration is drawn from so many places that I couldn’t commit to an era or a person. Inspiration for me has always been more of an attitude and inherent qualities people behold, I’m always hugely inspired by the people I work and interact with. Eras passed definitely influence the work I love & create, but ultimately the people in my life inspire me the most.
Are you seeing any exciting new trends emerging on the catwalk and in print? How do these ideas translate into your salon work?
I think one of the most exciting things that is happening is the play on natural textures and diversity that gives people a huge scope in which to explore themselves. Things are happening so quickly and information is so accessible to the public online that it is more important than ever for us in the salon is guiding and educating people in the right direction.
For myself and in the salon, my work is about whatever’s realistic to people’s lifestyles and abilities at the time. I like to start with where where people are at & give them tools over time to expand on their daily repertoire.