If Redken Creative Consultant Guido Palau is in the building, you know you aren't getting standard-issue hair, and the British stylist did not disappoint at Jean Paul Gaultier Autumn Winter 2013. He chopped inexpensive wigs into mismatched bowl cuts layered over the models' hair for what he referred to as a "kind of boyish, punk" feeling. The makeup matched with bold brows that helped to balance the heavier hairstyles. Click through to see more looks from the show.
In case you need further proof that it's all about eyeliner this season, check out Pat McGrath's handiwork at the Lanvin show in Paris. Models, including Australia's Next Top Model winner Montana Cox, had black graphic liner painted on. It was teamed with a simple hairstyle that had a natural rawness to it. Guido Palau was the mane man behind the look, letting models hair fall naturally into their signature part, before tucking their strands behind their ears.
Famous for her floaty feminine creations, Alberta Ferretti chose to mix things up this season — when it came to the beauty look that is. Opting for a more masculine makeup palette that had an "underside of soft femininity," to it, Diane Kendal (MAC) focused on a strong brow, keep the lip natural. Redken's Guido Palau also traded in the softness of last season, creating "something a bit stronger than normal." See how this translated to the finished look now.
Rodarte's Fall 2012 collection was inspired by Australia, with a smattering of Victoriana to boot. Designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy referenced the Outback in their clothing, and the windblown hair and sun-soaked faces suggested an afternoon in a dust storm. Backstage, the scene was bustling; here, a few snaps from the other side of the runway.
Marc by Marc Jacobs is known for its clean-lined ensembles, playful colour combinations and in the case of the Fall 2012 collection: loose, textured pieces. So what better way to let the clothing shine through than by keeping the upcoming season's beauty look appropriately minimalistic? It's the epitome of cool-girl style, and most of all, surprisingly easy to recreate.
- Have the hair: Redken creative consultant Guido Palau opted for a "simple and masculine" ponytail that featured a deep side part and at-the-nape base. In creating the style, hair was blow-dried "dead-straight," Palau explained, and prepped with the brand's Satinwear lotion — for which Palau describes as his "go-to blow-dry product."
- Nail the nails: "Marc wanted to portray a look that was innocent but still perfectly groomed," said manicurist Elisa Ferri. To accomplish this feel, models' nails were painted with two coats of Zoya's Adel, a sheer off-white with a creamy finish.
- Capture the cosmetics: Shiseido artistic director Dick Page mixed up a custom rouge shade for the show, keeping the vibrant hue the focus of the look. Add a touch of mascara and foundation where needed; geek-chic glasses optional.
Half-up styles are lovely but can often be overcomplicated or look dated, which is why we were elated at the sight of this pretty, easy half-bouffant at the Nina Ricci show. Guido, the show's hair creative consultant, says he was "inspired by the '60s, actresses like Brigitte Bardot or a little like a woman in a David Hamilton photo." To get the look, first dampen hair and apply Redken aerate 08 bodifying cream-mousse to the crown and Redken velvet gelatine 07 cushioning blow dry gel to the mid-length through to the ends and blow dry. Then, create a two-inch centre part. Pull a few front pieces down and behind the ears, and secure them at the occipital bone (the little bump right above the nape of the neck).
Lashes are back, bigger and better than ever if Pat McGrath has anything to do with it. She was responsible for the super-sized lash line at Valentino Spring '11, loading up models peepers with heaps of falsies, on both the top and bottom lash lines, which were then teamed with a pale face — told you it was hip to be square ivory didn't we? — and nude lips. There was a hint of silver around the lash line also, which tied in with the whole ethereal feel of the look. Guido Palau fashioned the models' hair into loose braids with a flyaway finish, and nails were coated with a rose-toffee hue. It was ladylike, meets otherworldly. Love LOVE. Don't you?
The models walking the runway at Sonia Rykiel Spring 2011 had a very wearable look according to the hair and makeup teams, with lead stylist Guido Palau saying if you're willing to put in the hard yards of volumising required for this look — think thickening lotions, texturising products and ringlet creation — then it isn't out of your league. The '70s style was teamed with a '70s makeup palette that Charlotte Tilbury was behind: matte magenta lips (that according to the powders and paints lady works on ALL eye colours), a ruddy brown eye and slightly radiant skin. While I'd totes steal the makeup look, the hair I'm less convinced about. I love it an' all, but . . . And before we go, let's talk toes. See that tangerine shade on the tootsies? It's officially the colour of Spring and complements a plain mani perfectly. LOVE. Don't you?
Scuba sexy was the look backstage at Lanvin Spring 2011. But this is Paris, dahling, so put away the non-chic rubber masks and instead, set about drenching your ponytail. Rule #1: Do as Guido Palau does. Always. Without question. The lead stylist wanted a hairstyle that worked with Alber Elbaz's scuba-inspired collection and so the wet-look ponytails were borne. It's a super-easy style to recreate. Just saturate your hair with water, add in some gel (he used Redken Hardwear 16 Super Strong Gel) and then scrap hair back in a pony. As this in Lanvin and not Bondi, a super high-shine spray was applied to models' hair to give that air of Parisian chic-ness that we all want in our lives. Sigh. Pat McGrath teamed the hair with a double set of falsies, matte skin and some bleached brows. Does it inspire you to go deep-sea diving?
Once again the '70s was cited as a hair reference backstage at Roberto Cavalli Spring 2011 with Guido Palau creating this super-straight, super long 'do to give a nod back to when Roberto started out in the fashion biz. The retro strands (some of which were hair extensions) were paired with a brown smoky eye, which was taken up to the brow, kohl on the water-line and a nude lip. Whaddya reck? Is it hippie, hippie chic or is the disco era dead to you? Psst. Check out the snap below of Russian hottie Natalia Vodianova getting involved and applying her own mascara! LOVE. She's using Max Factor False Lash Effect ($24.95) fo va va voom-ness.