Mimi Talks to James Brown

BATD ON Oct 13, 2009 AT 1:53 pm

James Brown outside his London Salon

James Brown outside his London Salon

He counts Kate Moss as one of his best friends and has styled some of Hollywood’s hottest leading ladies…yes James Brown really does lead a rather charmed life.  Now with two successful styling ranges under his belt James has finally decided to branch out and opened his first salon James Brown London earlier this year. We caught up with James to talk about his latest venture, Kate Moss and quizzed him on his top tips for winter styling.

How did you get started in the industry?
Through Corinne Day, the photographer.

Tell us more about your London Salon?
It is totally my environment. I handpicked everything, down to the tea cups. It’s like a recreation of my house.

Do you have more plans to open another?
Definitely. I’d like to open salons in Dublin and New York. 

James Brown

James Brown

Who or what inspires you?
Real people. People riding the bus or the tube. Or children, they’re really inspiring. 

Career highlight to date?
My first Vogue cover, which was also Kate’s [Moss] first, and my first Calvin Klein show. 

What do you prefer – styling for shoots or cutting hair?
Both. I like cutting hair on shoots. 

Which celebrity’s hair would you love to get your scissors on and give them a makeover?
Katie Price. I’d take all the extensions out. 

Tell us what famous faces we might bump into at the salon?
Kate Moss, Lily Allen, Kate Bosworth, Kimberly Stewart…all my mates! 

James Brown London Salon

James Brown London Salon

Who in your opinion has great style right now?
Kate Moss and Amanda Harlech. 

What sets your hair care range apart from any other out there?
It works and it’s simple. 

You’ve lived in both New York and London, what do you miss about each city when you are in the other one?
When I’m in New York I really miss the English sense of humour. When I’m back here in London, I miss how easily you can get around in New York. 

What do you think are the hottest hair trends for this season? And how can we recreate them at home?
Up-do’s. It’s all about up. Practice, play around and keep it simple.

Talk us through a simple party look that we can use throughout the upcoming season
A quiff. Channel Elvis, push towards that. 

We love the Scandalous range, tell us the products you can’t live without?
Rock Chick Rave Spray and Hair Spray.

What’s next for you?
I never know, I don’t think about it, I just go for it.

His new programme James Brown’s Supermodel Salon starts tonight on E4 at 10pm.

We visited the salon for a cut and blow dry, click here to read our review.

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