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8 Aug

Meet Louis Souvestre, the hairstylist behind FKA twigs’ otherworldly

Louis Souvestre discusses his viral MET Gala moment, finding beauty within the on a regular basis and his Celtic obsession

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Earlier this 12 months, FKA twigs attended the 2023 Met Gala celebrating the life and work of Karl Lagerfeld and subsequently ended up on almost the entire best-dressed and wonder look lists. Twigs took to fashion’s most anticipated red carpet wearing Maison Margiela, but it surely was the British singer’s chic and sleek updo with sculpted details in the form of bows that basically stole the show. The person behind the creation was 32-year-old French hair stylist Louis Souvestre, who has been blurring the road between sculpture and hair for over a decade.

Born in rural France, Souvestre didn’t grow up across the glitz of city life, but it surely was the sweetness in his on a regular basis life and encounters that pushed him to search out these moments of beauty in unlikely places. “Beauty is so subjective, it’s like art. Everyone has different opinions on it but it surely definitely rules the world,” he says. Growing up on a farm, surrounded by cows and chickens, he and his three brothers all had short hair, but in his early childhood he became entranced along with his two female cousins’ majestic, waist-length hair and began stealing combs from his mum to do hair before school. As he grew older and his fascination with hair continued, he studied hairdressing and eventually moved across the channel from France to the UK.

“I couldn’t imagine doing anything,” he says, reflecting on his journey after ten years since moving to London. Taking key inspirations from his Celtic roots, his work often channels opulent sculptures paying homage to dramatic medieval up-dos. Other than working often with twigs, his creations may also be seen on Simone Rocha runways and within the pages of Dazed, Numero and international editions of Vogue.

Here, we speak to the hairstylist about his journey, giving his eyebrow patch to Kate Bush, dancing with aliens and his fascination along with his Celtic heritage.

How did you get into hairstyling?

Louis Souvestre: I grew up with three brothers and all of us had short hair. Hairdressing and fashion weren’t an element of my childhood. We were all helping on the farm after school and on the weekend, but I actually have a powerful memory from after I was three of being mesmerised seeing my two female cousins coming home with their waist-length hair. This was the moment I realised I desired to do something referring to hair and I began stealing my mum’s combs and brushes before going to high school to learn to do hair.

What are you trying to speak through your work?

Louis Souvestre: Individuality and interpreting people’s stories into their hair.

What’s been your profession highlight up to now?

Louis Souvestre: The Met Gala in 2023 with FKA twigs and my participation in EAST4ukraine charity sale organised by the make-up artist Lynski.

Describe your beauty aesthetic in three words. 

Louis Souvestre: Austere, poetic and fabulist.

Which fictional character do you most relate to?

Louis Souvestre: Margot from the film Queen Margot. I like the aesthetic of the entire movie.

Who’s your beauty icon or favourite look of all time?

Louis Souvestre: Women from the medieval European court because most of them were plugging their foreheads and had beautiful headdresses that make them look austere and majestic. Also the French ballet dancer Sylvie Guillem.

What’s your current obsession?

Louis Souvestre: My current obsession in the mean time is the birth of Celtic civilisation, as I’m myself from a Celtic background. I got obsessive about digging into my roots and people individuals who found bravery in having long hair and fighting completely naked. My other obsession is trance music. I ordered a bunch of trance music compilations from the Nineteen Nineties on eBay, it’s the very best playlist for wigs.

What does beauty mean to you?

Louis Souvestre: Beauty is so subjective, it’s like art. Everyone has different opinions on it but it surely definitely rules the world.

When do you are feeling most beautiful?

Louis Souvestre: Definitely surrounded by other creatives or doing the splits after I am within the empty studios on the gym.

Are you optimistic in regards to the future?

Louis Souvestre: Yes, you have got to be. There’s way more to find: latest technologies, latest things to mix, latest generations, latest faces and latest talents. I get bored really easily, so I’m all the time looking forward to future projects.

What’s the longer term of beauty?

Louis Souvestre: Hopefully a pleasant and healthy balance between technology and natural talent.

You may have to donate a feature or limb of your body to an icon of yours. You get nothing in return. What do you give and who do you give it to?

Louis Souvestre: My shitty patchy eyebrow to Kate Bush because she would make them look ethereal. 

Which a part of your brain would you outsource next and why?

Louis Souvestre: My prefrontal cortex so I could return to my animalistic nature.

You encounter a hostile alien race and sound is their only mechanism for communication. What song would you play to them to encourage them to spare you and the remaining of the human race? 

Louis Souvestre: Probably “Haste to the Wedding” by The Corrs because I might love to assume myself dancing naked around a maypole only lit by a campfire with the aliens.

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