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WITH HAIRSTYLIST GUIDO PALAU

Fashion (Canada) - - Moments -

Guido Palau is nes­tled in the cor­ner of a bro­cade couch in the din­ing room of La Ga­lerie at Paris’s Four Sea­sons Ho­tel Ge­orge V. While drink­ing a cup of tea, the leg­endary hairstylist and global cre­ative di­rec­tor for Redken ad­mits that he’s never been to Canada. “I know, ter­ri­ble,” he says. It’s day three of Paris Fash­ion Week, and the 56-year-old Brit is still com­posed and en­er­getic even though it’s late in the fash­ion month marathon. He es­ti­mates he’s back­stage six or seven times a year now, in­clud­ing Re­sort, Cou­ture and Pre-Fall. He works with heavy­weight houses like Prada and Dior and hits ev­ery ma­jor city dur­ing the readyto-wear cir­cuit. “I’ve worked with most of the de­sign­ers for a long time,” he says, “and I un­der­stand each one’s woman.”

The over­ar­ch­ing mes­sage for the 21 shows Palau led over the Spring 2019 sea­son is that “done hair” has re­turned. But these more labour-in­ten­sive looks don’t sig­nal that in­di­vid­u­al­ity and nat­u­ral­ness are things of the past. “We’re not go­ing back to an era of con­form­ity where if you don’t have teased French twists, you’re not so­cially ac­cept­able,” he says.

What is not go­ing away is a de­sire for es­capism. “Fash­ion is about fan­tasy,” says Palau. From his dra­matic cuts to his se­vere sculp­tural styles and love of hair ac­ces­sories, this sea­son adds up to just the right amount of fu­tur­is­tic drama. “Some­times it’s for women to look at shows and just dream,” he says. “That dream will carry them through, and they can take bits from there.”

At Prada, the hair was slicked back with Redken’s Force­ful 23 hair­spray and over­sized leather head­bands with mi­cro-bangs pulled through in the front. “The fringe makes the look pow­er­ful.”

For Ric­cardo Tisci’s de­but at Burberry, the mod­els’ hair was washed with Redken Color Ex­tend Mag­net­ics Sham­poo and then pulled into two dif­fer­ent types of chignons. “He wanted a very pol­ished woman.”

The mod looks at Marc Ja­cobs were a nod to the ’60s. Pastel­hued chignons and buzz cuts were dyed to match the looks us­ing Redken’s Shades EQ. “It’s about keep­ing hair a fan­tasy.”

The hair was prepped with Redken Fash­ion Work 12 hair­spray and then wrapped tightly to the head to cre­ate this sculp­tural dancer­like look at Dior. “It was ex­per­i­men­tal but still very fem­i­nine.”

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