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Insider Access: James Pecis - NYC Day Four

The hairstylist checks in with Dazed before flying back to London

James Pecis has been styling hair for the past 12 years and splits his time between London and New York. He works on catwalks throughout the international schedule as well as creating strong editorial looks for Dazed & Confused.

Most hair tests are two days before the show and that is the first time I've seen the collection. I may walk in and they have an idea or concept for the hair or they leave it entirely up to me to create the look

Dazed & Confused: What shows did you work on over New York?
James Pecis: Edun, Tess Giberson, Wayne, Honor, Yigal Azrouel and Siki Im.

DD: What were your highlights?
James Pecis: The highlights were good sushi, good friends and some great shows. Tess Giberson is always such a cool collection and Siki Im was in a high school gym on the basketball court which supported the Michael Jordan inspired collection. NY was fun and went by too fast.   

I try to feel out the designer and process everything from their mood boards to textiles to how they draw their illustrations of 'their girl'. It's a fun process that can be a few hours long or a few days

DD: You're flying back to Europe this evening, will you go straight into prep for London?
James Pecis: We land from the red eye and hit the ground running! On the way back to the studio we will pick up some special supplies needed for more Meadham Kirchhoff creations. The prep for this started two weeks ago and there is some that needs to be finished. I have to do a practice day with my team and start the hair tests for my London shows. We will be doing Meadham Kirchhoff, Simone Rocha, Bora Aksu, Thomas Tait, Maarten Van Der Horst. Should be a lot of fun.

DD: Can you tell us about the process of collaborating with a designer – how does the relationship work?
James Pecis: Every designer works differently. Most hair tests are two days before the show and that is the first time I've seen the collection. I may walk in and they have an idea or concept for the hair or they leave it entirely up to me to create the look. I try to feel out the designer and process everything from their mood boards to textiles to how they draw their illustrations of 'their girl'. It's a fun process that can be a few hours long or a few days. My relationship with Meadham Kirchhoff is very special in that I get to plan ideas with them very far in advanced. They love the process of creating a proper show and have a strong vision.