Leicester-born medical scholar Helena Jay was wandering by means of Regent’s Park on a sunny Saturday when she was scouted by Logan Harper from Subsequent Fashions. Particulars have been exchanged, a whirlwind week of meet and greets adopted, and the 20-year-old was booked to stroll in Alexander McQueen’s spring/summer season 2022 present. The catch? She needed to dye her hair… lavender.
It was hairstylist Guido Palau’s thought when he noticed Helena strive on her look: a heavenly lilac off-the-shoulder skeletal corset costume with ribbon detailing, crystal raindrops, and shredded tulle cloud embroidery. “How would you’re feeling about…?” Guido tentatively requested. The trade newcomer was recreation. “I’ve by no means dyed my hair earlier than in my life!” she tells Vogue, her purple tint nonetheless giving off a punkish air that belies this med scholar’s day-to-day at UCL. “I’m a fan!” she provides triumphantly.
Nonetheless driving on a excessive from being immersed in Sarah Burton’s spectacular universe, the phrase that comes up most in our dialog is “thrilling.” “I’m very new to the world of vogue, so I believe it was the perfect first expertise I might have had,” she says of strolling the makeshift runway on a rooftop inside East London’s Tobacco Dock. “The venue was like nothing I’ve ever seen… a giant bubble within the sky.” With dramatic views of the capital backdropping her debut, the present glided by in a flash, her preliminary nerves giving technique to, you guessed it, pleasure.
Now in her third yr, Helena’s new modeling aspect job has given her a way of equilibrium. Changing into a health care provider remains to be on the agenda, however she’s holding all doorways open close to her future. This appears remarkably cool-headed for a younger lady who describes the previous couple of weeks as a “fairy story,” however with Subsequent watching her again and the grounding affect of Burton’s “down-to-earth” group, this lavender-haired star will go far.