For hair stylists, it doesn’t get a lot greater than a gig at New York Trend Week.
And so Higher St. Clair resident Tamara Artnak readily accepted such a suggestion when it got here in early February. The proprietor of Luxe Hair Salon in Collier Township requested worker Jane Ondra to affix her, they usually headed to Manhattan on quick discover.
It turned out that additionally they had been on quick discover after they went to work on the coiffures of eight runway-bound fashions.
“They didn’t hand us a timeline till we had been already into one mannequin, so I didn’t know that we solely had an hour and a half,” Artnak recalled. “I had no thought.”
However inside 90 minutes, every of the younger ladies was able to stroll into the highlight to show the newest creations of Australian dressmaker Natalie De’Banco and her Bronx and Banco label.
“I used to be slightly nervous at first. I’m not going to misinform you. It took me a couple of minutes to get my sport on, as a result of they by no means advised us,” Artnak mentioned. “However we’re skilled to work quick. We will do it.”
The whirlwind styling session served because the climax to a fast-paced weekend throughout which she and Ondra made journey plans on Friday, flew to New York Saturday and had been prepared with their scissors and different instruments of the commerce promptly at 7 a.m. Sunday.
Artnak really was scheduled to be head designer for New York Bridal Trend Week 2020, however the occasion was canceled proper because the COVID-19 pandemic hit. She did have the chance to fulfill Arnold Milfort, a closely sought-after celeb trend stylist, advisor and trend present producer.
And apparently, she made a powerful impression going into 2021.
“He reached out to me as a result of we made that connection final 12 months,” she mentioned.
As has been the case with principally all the pieces in the course of the pandemic, this 12 months’s winter version of New York Trend Week featured a unique strategy. The occasion was recorded for distant viewing, moderately than incorporating a dwell viewers, and everybody who participated in particular person was topic to rigorous security precautions, together with on-site coronavirus testing.
“They had been super-strict about us carrying their explicit masks,” she mentioned in regards to the obligatory N95 filtering facepiece respirator. “We needed to put on goggles and shields, and we had our personal cubicles that had been arrange once we bought there.”
Such protecting measures, after all, have their drawbacks.
“It was difficult to attach with folks, with them probably not seeing your face,” Artnak mentioned. “It was slightly more durable for me in that sense, as a result of I don’t know any of those folks. I’m completely new. I’m attempting to community. I’m attempting to get my title on the market.”
One alternative she did have was to fulfill a consultant of the worldwide communications company Purple PR, an business chief in trend, magnificence, music, artwork, design, meals and journey.
“She thought it was actually cool that we flew in from Pittsburgh to fashion,” Artnak mentioned, and after seeing them full their given job briefly order, “She goes to rent me for future initiatives.”
Artnak and Ondra additionally had the chance to go to De’Banco’s Bronx and Banco workplace.
“That was actually cool, to truly get behind the scenes. We bought to see the entire assortment, even a few of her previous collections,” Artnak mentioned. “There have been fashions attempting on garments for last-minute touches, and a variety of assistants operating round. It was completely New York.”
A minimum of, that was the environment within the workplace. Normally, the pandemic has taken its toll on the Large Apple.
“I often journey there a few occasions a 12 months for work. It’s undoubtedly totally different,” Artnak mentioned. “We stayed in Soho. You could possibly really stroll out on the road and listen to nothing. That’s not regular. Often, town’s hoppin’ and boppin’.”
That exact metropolis is also considerably of a departure from the comparatively sedate environs of Pittsburgh.
“You undoubtedly might see the distinction between the New Yorkers and me and Jane. We stood out,” Arntak mentioned. “As soon as they began to see our work and that we bought it performed on time, they began, I feel, to form of recognize us. Possibly not at first. We needed to put our dues in.”
Regardless of the case, the New York expertise was one for them to treasure.
“I felt so skilled. I’ve performed Pittsburgh Trend Week many occasions. This was nothing like Pittsburgh Trend Week,” Artnak mentioned. “This was the tops.”