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July 30 2014

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The Glorified Comb-over, A Repeat Appearance

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When we first spotted the deep parts and matted-down tresses that hairstylist Guido Palau called “a bit grunge” and “kind of tomboyish” backstage at Alexander Wang last month, we were skeptical but intrigued nonetheless; the concept was novel enough and seemed to work thematically with Wang’s early-nineties collection. But two countries and countless similarly inspired shows later, we’re wondering if it really deserved a second go-around at Bottega Veneta this past weekend, where Palau sculpted a nearly identical look, albeit one that benefited from Pat McGrath’s sultry black smoky eye, which added a certain sexed-up maturity that was lacking in New York. It calls to mind the transcontinental double take Palau caused last season, when he repeated the long, thick side-slung braids from Alexander Wang’s Spring presentation at Miu Miu a few weeks later. When we put the issue to you commenters last October, the response was clear: no need to mess with a good thing. What do you say this time?

Photo: Don Ashby / FirstView.com; Don Ashby & Olivier Claisse / FirstView.com

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