Simple, luxe and feminine were the go-to words cited backstage at the Dior Autumn/Winter 2012 show in Paris on Friday. Lead hairstylist Orlando Pita created deep-parted, sleek (not to be confused with wet-look, which Pita isn't a fan of) ponytails that graced models' backs as they walked. Pat McGrath then teamed that with an elegant makeup palette that was quite pared-back by Dior terms. It featured gold shadow, lots of mascara and an earthy-toned polish.
The Antonio Berardi Autumn/Winter 2012 collection was nothing less than first class, as was the hair and makeup look. Gucci Westman of Revlon was backstage getting the models glamorous along with Orlando Pita on hair for John Frieda. Click through for your official backstage access to find out how Natalie Portman inspired this beauty look.
Carolina Herrera is known for her classic yet dramatic pieces, so it just makes sense that her Fall 2012 hairstyles would reflect that aesthetic. Working with Orlando Pita (at Orlo Salon for Moroccanoil), Herrera's models walked the runway with coiffures he described as "really graphic, but not too romantic." And while it's probably not practical to wear the big-time bouffants seen in the show, there's an easy way to get the gist of the style at home. Learn how to pump up the volume and to make your own Herrera-style headbands now.
While it was the first time in 14 years without John Galliano in the driver's seat, Bill Gaytten continued in the tradition of bold, bright colours at the Christian Dior Haute Couture Fashion A/W 2011 show in Paris. Created by Orlando Pita, afros with an injection of height, and voluminous and 60s-style waves dominated the runway, as did an interesting take on a fringe, with strands stuck in a snake-like fashion across the model's foreheads. Pat McGrath and Tyen were on makeup duty, providing an array of different looks, covering the eyebrows with block neon shades in aqua-green and pink, and oversized sequins with lots and lots of glitter. Metallic blue, green and bronze shadows plus wing-tipped false eyelashes adorned eyelids, while lips were painted in bright, glossy reds, deep plums, matte coral shades and nudes.
We've long since shared our love for dry shampoo — the 2-in-1 wonder that removes oil and impurities (read: that gross, limp and lank feeling) and adds in some gritty texture when you need your style to hold — and now we can fully surround ourselves with like-minded people thanks to a new website launch: www.dry-shampoo.com. As the name might suggest, it's a site that's fully dedicated to dry shampoo. There's a blog, FAQs and an e-commerce site that features brands such as LuLu Organics, Blow, Orlando Pita and Alterna. Dry shampoo heaven.
A newly-single Kate Winslet covers the April issue of British Vogue and she's been given a gorgeous makeover by Orlando Pita who styled Kate's pretty peroxide pixie. Sadly it seems like it's a faux-crop with some inside snaps revealed that bobby pins were the stylist's secret behind the look, but we're hoping Kate sees the results and decides to make the change for real. The bright blonde and dark brow combo is something we've seen on Michelle Williams and Abbey Lee and Lancôme's leading lady is the latest to take the look for a spin. Thoughts?
As Michael Kors's collection reaches its 30th anniversary, hairstylist Orlando Pita is delving into the designer's back catalog for inspiration. For the Fall 2011 runway, he created a simple, purposely "undone" up 'do that looks back to the '90s. Watch now for more about the look.
The Christian Dior Spring 2011 beauty look was a melting pot of trends, both past and present. Bettie Page bangs were teamed with bold green, blue and pink eye hues and finished with a statement coral-red lip. It was a team effort by hairstylist Orlando Pita and makeup artist Pat McGrath to make John Galliano's "technicolor" dream come alive. It's definitely one of the more statement looks that Paris has seen so far, but then that's no surprise given who's at the helm of Dior. And while clip on bangs aren't for me, I'll definitely be road-testing the mandarin nails.
Psst. Check out John Galliano's fishtail braid. Interesting. That's a lot of bobby pin action . . .
Inspired by Chung's beaded collection, the makeup (created by Tom Pecheux) featured light contouring and no mascara. But the focal point was a matte red lip coated with glitter. ("It's green and blue, thanks to Avatar," he revealed.) To complement the look, manicurist Jin Soon Choi tweaked the current cement-coloured nail polish trend by adding shimmer; the result, she said, was "chic, modern, and sophisticated." The same could be said of the hair, which featured face-framing fishtail braids on each side of the head. "I look at the clothes and do a hairstyle that a woman would actually do," said lead stylist Orlando Pita. What do you think?