A former Australian Hair Fashion Awards Victorian Hairdresser of the Year, Malisa Masci is the owner and creative director of Masci Hair & Spa. For her collection dubbed Street Fusion, she created a collaboration of what is current now, and what she feels will happen in the future. Although Malisa went for what’s on-trend, she feels that it is most important to be progressive with a unique and individual style.
Always searching for new and progressive looks to inspire her work Malisa finds herself taking public transportation, as it gives her great insight into street culture around Melbourne. According to this Aussie hair artist, the diversity in people, culture and fashion from all different corners of the world really gets her creative juices flowing.
“I am particularly in love with Korean and Japanese style. In my collection I worked with Japanese Sakura flowers that were slightly distorted and out of focus for the backdrop. Because the background was soft and beautiful, I wanted to work the contrast, so I selected grungier looking models and worked with strong hair,” said Malisa.
The clothes styling for this collection involved a collaboration of Korean and Japanese street punk using fashion by Lucky Chouettte. This fashion label from Korea includes street clothing that oozes layering, texture, tartan, illustrations, and polka dots with a predominately 80s feel. The other influence behind the clothing was from Malisa’s idol in fashion, stylist Tina Chai. Putting all inspirations together, she individualised the look with a bolder outline, like a black leather jacket, to proide her own spin and to bring the finished look into 2016.
“My inspiration for hair comes from the adorable Harajuku girls. I love the shapes, the different textures and the attention to detail. Pop icon Boy George pushed me to think differently about the hair, so I incorporated modern fabrics and ribbons to add texture and colour. I am also very obsessed with mullets. I researched the Texas Mullet, and then created my own interpretation that had a modern twist. I made it more dramatic with darker roots, and created a gooey wet texture, which takes the look from the 80s into now and the future,” Malisa added.
Citing that color has evolved in the last few years, Malisa experimented with different color palettes to create a grungier street feel using blue, mint, pinks, and purples. Dark roots and shaved undercuts gave a very dramatic feel.
“l believe one of the biggest influences in fashion is hair color. This is a strong trend that keeps evolving. Hair color is so evident now and it will continue to be an important part of anyone’s individual fashion statement. Celebrities and TV icons populate trends and many of them are sporting new and creative tones in their hair. I believe most of the trends are born from the streets,” she continues.
In general and seen in this collection, Malisa feels that hair shapes are less structured and will continue to be so a lot more in the future. The exterior look of cuts can be worn with strong, sharp lines, but there is usually an element of disconnection within the haircut to personalize the final result. According to Malisa, people desire more of an organic cut, something that moves and that suits their own style. Braids and cornrows are very much now, and will also be distinct in the future.
“In reality we are taking more risks, and I see this filtering through hair culture. I have been in this industry for 25 years, and am excited by the fact that the hair and fashion industries are embracing change. Girls are not afraid to look more androgynous, with undercuts and full fringes. Bold bright colors are saturating the streets,” Malisa said in closing.