Luigi Murenu is one of the biggest names in the hairstyling biz. The Sardinian luminary has worked with everyone from Viktor & Rolf to Prada, Armani and Gucci. He also has a loyal celeb following, having tended the locks of Madonna on her 2001 Drowned Tour and subsequently worked with Nicole Kidman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Britney Spears, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, Charlize Theron and Jennifer Lopez.
It's easy to see why he's so popular. He's flamboyant, hilarious and extremely good natured. What's more, he's incredibly talented. We managed to catch up with Luigi after the latest round of shows to chat fashion and hair.
Having worked on the Autumn shows, what hair trends do you see emerging? "This Autumn we are going to see lots of texture in styling. For instance, at Viktor and Rolf's show in Paris, the hair I created was all about pushing the texture of the hair to look beyond natural. At Givenchy it was about a soft, delicate, touchable texture, too. I get my inspiration from many things; books, movies, people, things I see in the street, right through to conversations. It can all trigger a reaction. Even when I’m on holiday I will see the things around me and they create inspiration. Creating beautiful healthy hair is always paramount to me, though. Looks can be influenced by many things but most importantly it’s got to be about creating beautiful hair rather, than trendy hair."
Keep reading . . .What's your favourite part of working on hair for the fashion shows? "I run on adrenalin, so backstage is when I really come alive. The atmosphere can be crazy but electric as well. To be part of creating beautiful looks from head to toe in collaboration with an inspiring artistic team is amazing."
You are famous for working with celebrities as well as designers. How does working on celebrity hair differ from working on a show? "I can arrive two days before a show and need to come up with a creative hair idea quickly. Prior to a show, preparation can take hours. Some of the shows have 50 girls to style. I only work with the best possible assistants and team. I'm like a chorographer with dancers! I teach them the technique and they do it. It can be intense but you take the risk and you do it."
Tell us about your latest celebrity look that you created: "I have just recently worked on a shoot with Madonna where the look we created was inspired by the Avedon picture of Contessa Cristina Paolozzi."
Photo courtesy of Luigi Murenu