There’s maybe nowhere else you’d rather be right now than front row at Europe’s glamorous Fashion Weeks, but the runway and all its festivities looks a little different this year. Luckily acclaimed session stylist Guido Palau brought it all to Zoom via ghd and now we’re bringing it all to you.
Sharing his insights on backstage spring/summer ’21 hair trends, Guido has spent the season styling Dolce & Gabbana, Dior, Prada, Miu Miu, Valentino, Chloé and many more across Europe. Taking place last Friday night straight from Milan, Guido shared these luxe hair fashion trends and gave us the closest thing to front row we will possibly experience this season.
Headlining trends included his looks for Dior SS21, showcased in Paris. The look was hosted to a socially distanced audience, with dramatic and bold stained glass windows above the catwalk space and a female choir accompanying the collection reveal. Finishing a collection designed by Maria Grazia Chiuri’s of ethereal, artisanal designs, sheer gowns, bohemian tapestry prints, swinging necklaces, intricate embroidery and knotted headbands was Gudio’s “undone and easy” hair brief. He created homemade braids as the unique and fitting hair look.
“Maria Grazia Chiuri, the designer, talked about how women are at home a lot more now and doing their own hair, so we wanted to create something that women can easily do themselves,” Guido said. “The look is a simple braided up style, which is a little bit home done; its very undone and easy. What’s key to this look is the texture of the hair and creating a natural smooth texture before braiding, by blow-drying the hair with the ghd helios. No styling products are needed. The look has a slight naivety to it; it’s very soft and pretty, with loose pieces falling out and a very soft, slightly messed up hairline.”
“This look is ethereal and slightly undone,” Guido said. “Using the ghd helios hairdryer, smoothly blow-dry the hair with a large bristle brush, to get a natural straight texture. Create a centre parting when blow-drying. Put the hair into two low bunches and then braid the bunches before twisting them together at the back. Soften up the hairline using fingers so that it’s a bit messy. Add a head scarf or headband as the finishing touch; the Dior featured lots of hair accessories which are great fun.”
A second hero look was the style for Dolce & Gabbana SS21 in Milan, for which Guido created two perfectly polished looks to suit the colourful designs, both created with headlining tool ghd helios for smooth preparation and a shiny finish. Based around the concept of la dolce vita – or ‘the sweet life’ – a 70s inspired show was dedicated to Sicily, comprised of floaty, voluminous, semi-sheer maxi dresses and unique patchworked garments resourcefully stitched together with fabrics from previous seasons
“For Dolce and Gabbana this season there was a 70s vibe. The hair had two distinct looks, both with a polished finish. The first being a polished Yves Saint Laurent loose wave and the second a chic polished classic chignon with centre part,” Guido said.
“For the waves the hair was prepped by blow-drying using the ghd helios hairdryer for a smooth finish,” he said. “Then taking small sections, the whole head was tonged with the ghd curve classic curl tong and pinned in to set. When cool, the hair was brushed into full polished waves. For the second look, the chignon, we prepped the hair by blow-drying from a centre part using the ghd helios hairdryer. The hair was then gathered into a ponytail low into the base of the neck and coving the top of the ears. The hair was then twisted into a chic chignon and pinned in place.”
Despite current travel restrictions, you could travel to the front row and backstage with one of the best in the business. Thanks Guido!
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