I also want to talk about Kim Kardashian, specifically one of my favorites looks, which was the Met Gala, the wet hair. I just thought it was so stunning and so interesting and also, to be honest, seemed like it would be a little bit tricky to execute. I’m wondering if you could walk us through that.
The idea was that she kind of was coming out of water—like her hair was in finger waves, and she’d come out of water, so the ends were dripping and kind of straighter. It was a set style, but she had been in the water; she was wet. It was quite a nerve-racking Met Ball for me because I had never done a look like that on Kim.
What everyone has to understand is that when you do a certain look, you can look at it, and you can think it looks great. Take a picture, also great. We’ve all done that thing where we put a hat on and thought, Oh, I look cute. Then you take a picture and then think, Oh, maybe I don’t. Sometimes lighting makes all the difference, so it’s always a little nerve-racking, especially doing something as different as that. It’s always quite nerve-racking to do it the first time with the red carpet. I’ve never done anything like that.
I guess that’s why I love what I do because it is about taking risks—I think as long as you’ve got the right intention behind it and the right execution. I tried it and tried it and tried [Kim’s hair]. I knew it was going to be tricky, and so I just practiced all different versions of it. I didn’t want it to be too flat to the head, I wanted to be able to see the waves in it, I wanted it to have some lift, but then I don’t want it to lift up where it almost looks like a Christmas tree. I spent a lot of time trying to get it right, but I felt really good about it. I know Kim’s face shape; I know her vibe and the outfit. I made sure I was aware of all those things. You definitely don’t just wing it. There’s definitely a process behind it.