Bondi Born

Australian luxury resort wear brand BONDI BORN presented its Resort 20 collection, Solanum, over an informal Mediterranean lunch at the trattoria of Totti’s in Bondi, as part of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2019.

“Totti’s encapsulates everything the BONDI BORN woman values in a European holiday – good food, incredible company, and the utmost consideration to design, we feel fortunate that our guests have experienced our clothes in the environment they’re designed for. Notoriously well-travelled and from a big family-driven social background, Renya Xydis Creative Director for Wella Professionals was able to capture this essence perfectly. 

From Top to toe, ceiling to floor, everything was perfectly placed.” Dale McCarthy, Founder BONDI BORN

The collection debuted BONDI BORN’s Resort20 collection, which included streamlined, loose fitting pieces adorned with knots and twists; across draped linens and complimenting swimwear in seasonal tones. 

The hair direction followed suit, with knots and beach-side glamour sitting side by pool-side in three separate styles. A slicked-back natural look, a knotted braid and an intricate twisted bun mimicking a tangle of nautical knots and coral.

Renya Xydis

“The Australian woman loves to travel, the hair direction for the show was very much driven by looks that women can emulate at home, we showed wet hair because she’s always out of the pool, we showed slicked back hair because it’s what she likes to do before dinner, and to top it off we’ve included editorial iterations of ponytails and buns with a nautical nod”

Renya Xydis, Creative Director, Wella Professionals Australia & New Zealand: Explains how to get 2 great looks using EIMI by Wella Professionals

BONDI KNOT

1. Prep the hair with EIMI Perfect Setting from mid-lengths to ends and at the root

2. With a wide comb, push the hair back and apply EIMI Sculpt Force gel with a tint-brush to fix

3. Work the comb to ensure tooth-marks are visible

4. Dry and set with a diffuser for 10-15 minutes, until the gel has set

5. Pull the hair back into a pony tail and secure with an elastic, prep the pony with EIMI Perfect Me

6. Separate the hair into small sections (about the width of a finger) and twist out the length until tight, secure fly-aways with EIMI Mistify Me (Strong Hold)

7. Push the twist back until it curls upwards (if it flops, it isn’t tight enough)

8. Fold the knots back on themselves and secure inwards with a pin

9. Using a plastic needle, thread through the bun with elastic and pull tight, bringing the knots secure and compact into a narrow bundle.

10. Finish with EIMI Glam Mist (liberally at the root) to give an all over dewy, pool side glow. Secure with EIMI Mistify Me (Strong hold).

BONDI BRAID

1. Prep the hair with EIMI Perfect Setting from mid-lengths to ends and at the root

2. With a wide comb, push the hair back and using a brush, apply EIMI Sculpt Force gel to fix

3. Work the comb to ensure tooth-marks are visible and remain.

4. Dry and set with a diffuser for 10-15 minutes, until the gel has set

5. Section the hair into 3 equal parts. Take the outer sections, pull tightly and folder across the centre piece in a half-pony. Knot the two sections (have someone hold) and knot a second time to secure. Spray with EIMI Glam Mist to keep slick

6. Section the remaining centre piece into 2 parts and knot together. Secure with elastic.

7. Take the ends of the first knot (left and right sides) and wrap around the base of the pony, knot together, securing at the base with pins.

8. Fold the rest of the pony back on itself and secure with a long elastic; wrapping and knotting.

9. Fan out the loop and leave the elastic ends loose. Finish with EIMI Glam Mist at the root, and EIMI Mistify Me (Strong) on the braid to hold.

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