Frédéric Mennetrier is a man obsessed with colour. He grew up in the East of France where he learnt hairstyling, then he set up in Paris where fascinated by the world of fashion and magazines, he became a studio hair stylist and rapidly built his reputation.
He collaborated with, amongst others, Sofia and Mauro, Jean Paul Goude, Cédric Buchet and even Benoit Bethume. During photo shoots, under the constraints of the bright spot lights, Frédéric Mennetrier manipulated the models’ hair colours, experimenting and abandoning combs and brushes for pigments.
Self-taught, he honed his vision for colour with inspiration from Bosch, Dürer, Monet, Klee, Kandinsky, Picabia, Soulages, Rothko, Warhol, Basquiat, Leigh Bowery, Bowie, the Sex Pistols, Bauhaus, Boy George and many others.
His clients? Models Karlie Kloss, Karen Elson, Bianca Balti and Natacha Poly; Jennifer Lopez and Eva Logoria whose colour he transforms; advertising agencies Grey, McCann, Tbwa Paris, Publicis 133; photographers Liz Collins, Fabien Baron, Inez & Vinoodh, Solve Sundsbo; film directors Barnaby Rooper, Jame Mitchell, Laurent Chanez, Peter Lindbergh; cosmetics giants Henkel, Procter & Gamble, and L’Oréal (for which he was the colour consultant from 2001 to 2015); celebrities such as Lou Doillon, Eva green, Ines De La Fressange —and yes, he was the one who turned Kim Kardashian blond!
In September 2011, Frédéric Mennetrier opened L’Atelier Blanc, dedicated to offering bespoke colour to all women, initially on rue Mayran and since April 2016 , at 13 rue Vivienne in the 2nd arrondissement of Paris.
photo : Liz Collins