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Happy Birthday Northern Woman

16 September 2014

Sunday 14 September was an amazing day for Stafford Hair as we helped Northern Woman magazine celebrate its 30th anniversary with a fashion lunch at celebrity chef Niall McKenna’s newly refurbished James St South restaurant. Given our long-running association with NW magazine it was only natural that our super session stylist Leisa would head up a team to take control of the hair.

With the help of senior stylist Zara and assistant Nicole, and Sharon doing make-up, the team created an array of soft, feminine catwalk-inspired looks, with a nod towards a 1970s, Stevie Nicks, ‘I'm with the band’ vibe.

Clothes from House of Fraser, Evelyn Brandt, The Outlet and local fashion heroes Una Rodden, Rebecca Jane and Geraldine Conlon, and models from the Maureen Martin agency, ensured the show was elegant but contemporary and of the moment.

Super-quick changes left the audience gasping as Leisa transformed the models from Jane Austen damsels to rock chic divas in seconds.

It was left to Paul to finish off proceedings as he delivered a Q&A on Trends, probably remembered as much for its banter as for its advice.

Everyone at Stafford Hair sends their best birthday wishes to a great Northern Irish publication and looks forward to 30 more years of Northern Woman. Well done all at Greer Publishing, especially Eileen Wilson for her vision and support.

Paul writes:

Northern Woman 30Wow, 30 years of Northern Woman magazine! I can hardly believe it. It seems like only yesterday I walked into the offices with my first set of pictures and asked the then editor, Dymphna Curran, if she'd be interested in publishing them. She flatly refused but told me to keep trying. I did, and soon started a relationship that’s lasted more than 25 years and counting.

In those early days it wasn't easy to find places to get progressive hair photography published locally, and NW became the showcase for all our new ideas and images. NW focused on promoting local talent to a local audience, so Northern Irish personalities and celebrities were often featured here before they hit the big time. In features, makeovers and fashion spreads, Stafford Hair had the privilege of styling some of NI’s biggest names, including Andrea Catherwood, Pamela Ballantine, Kate smith and Rose Neil.

Working with a host of local fashion designers, make-up artists and photographers, we helped forge a new, more modern image for Northern Irish women away from the darkness and violence of the times. Images from many of our collections graced the magazine’s front cover or featured inside. I still contribute a hair advice column, and the cover of this month’s 30th anniversary edition is a shot from our Directory 15 style icons shoot featuring Linzi Rooney.