Lather Hair Salon Brings Styling Artistry To “Art To Wear” Fashion Show

April 22, 2010 (RALEIGH, NC) — Jessica Williams, owner and senior stylist at Lather Hair Salon in Raleigh, recently led a talented team of stylists from Lather to create hair styles that complemented designer Hannah Goff’s couture collection for the 2010 Art to Wear fashion show at North Carolina State University.

Since 2001, NC State students in the College of Design and College of Textiles have showcased their fashion designs during Art to Wear, which was held this year at Reynold’s Coliseum on Thursday, April 23. And each year, the aspiring designers rely on volunteers from professional salons in the area to create their models’ hair styles.

Williams volunteered she and her staff this year, and they were assigned to work with designer Hannah Goff, a senior in Textile and Apparel Management at the College of Textiles.

The stylists creating individual hairstyles for some of Goff’s model and collaborating on styles for others. And for all the hair designs, Williams asked the Goff what she felt would complement her fashions, which featured an abundance of texture and ruffles.

“Hannah was really easy to work with,” Williams said. “She knew exactly what she wanted but she also took our input when we suggested something slightly different. She asked us to create a teased Mohawk down the middle with the sides pulled back and the back twisted into a bun.”

The young designer also asked the stylists to incorporate a piece of a light green yarn into each models’ hair.

“That was probably the most fun part,” Williams said. “It was great to be able to be creative and do something totally outside the box.  Incorporating the yarn in the models’ hair gave the overall styles more of an edge while it also blended the hairstyle with the clothing.”

Lather stylists’ maintained the same general style but tweaked each model’s hair to appear slightly different.

“For example,” Williams explained, “for one model we created the Mohawk then pulled the sides back and used the yarn to create the illusion of highlights in her bangs.  For another, we wove the yarn into the side braids so that the yarn appeared to be coming out of the braid.”

All the hairstyles were “very edgy, modern and couture,” Williams said.  “It was fun to collaborate with Hannah, with my stylists, and with the models. We would do it again in a heartbeat.”

Williams and her team of stylists participated in the College of Textile’s “Threads: Senior Collection” showcase fashion show for the Senior Design Studio last spring. Lather has also been featured in Salon Today and American Salon magazines and in December 2009 topped American Salon’s list of trendiest hair salons in Raleigh.

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About Lather Hair Salon:

Lather Hair Salon is a full-service, upscale salon specializing in color, cuts, waxing, deep conditioning treatments, shine glossing, perms, anti-curl treatments, and both trendy and classic styling. The salon was recently named one of the best salons in Raleigh by American Salon magazine. Lather also offers special wedding party services both in-salon or on location, and the stylists maintain “Hair Academy 101,” an on-going blog on hair care, styling, products, and DIY techniques. Lather Hair Salon is also available on Facebook and through Citysearch. For more information, visit or call 919-792-0715.

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