JEFFERSON-Shane Little has long said he’d drop what he’s doing – right this very second – to hop a flight to New York for a chance to work the city’s famed fashion week.
The twice-yearly show allows fashion designers, runway models and stylists of all sorts to showcase their talents and work in a venue the entire fashion world is watching.
And this week Little, a longtime hairstylist and the owner of Jefferson’s Style Depot salon, will get to show off his best stuff. He’ll join 18 other Keune hair stylists on Friday as they prep and primp the fashion models who will show off French designer Sophie Theallet’s latest work.
For Little, the trip is vindication that there is plenty of talented artists, craftsmen, and yes, stylists, right here in Ashe County.
“Just from a professional standpoint, I couldn’t ask for anything more than this,” Little said. “I’ll literally be surrounded by the top people in the world at what they do. It’s a big opportunity for me.”
But he said he’ll have to be on top of his game.
He’s flying from Charlotte to New York on Feb. 11, and he and Keune’s other stylists only have about a five-hour window early Friday afternoon to help their models become runway ready. And his styles have to look great – but not too great.
“You’re there to support the designer, and you can’t forget that,” Little said. “So you can be creative and the models have to look stellar, but you don’t want to take away from the clothing designs they’re actually there to show off. It’s a balancing act.”
Little opened his first salon in West Jefferson in 2005, and a second location in Millers Creek in 2009. His Ashe County location later swapped spots to 228 E. Main Street in Jefferson.
And six years ago, Little said he also started teaching the art and craft of styling hair.
But if he’s feeling any extra pressure under New York’s bright lights, Little isn’t showing it.
“Yes we’re going to be under the gun and things have to be right, but from a career standpoint, I mean, this is it,” Little said. “I love what I do, but I think there is more to this than just fixing hair everyday. It’s an opportunity of a lifetime to do a little more, be creative and step out. It’s not like I could turn it down so I can’t stress over it either. It’s going to be fun.”
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