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Orlando Pita’s Brand Of Punk Premieres Backstage At Giambattista Valli


The Paris hair-color chronicles got yet another entry yesterday at Giambattista Valli, where coiffing legend Orlando Pita gave three platinum blonde models shocks of pink dye. “Hair in fashion has gotten too boring,” Pita offered of the shade experiments that have been one of the bigger stories to come out of the last week of shows. “We’ve seen long wave extensions on women of all ages for years, and when you’re young, it’s the time to experiment and have fun. Look at what happens when you take risks. Agyness Deyn cuts her hair off, dyes it white, and her career takes off.”

For the girls who did not get streaks, Pita dialed up another style from the annals of angsty youth: “The idea is that the girl shaved the back of her hair off and it grew back in its true color,” he said of the darkened undersides of slick, brushed-back ponytails, which got a shot of sleekness and shine from L’Oréal Professionnel Texture Expert Fixing Mist 4 Hairspray. To take Pita’s idea of punk and make it modern, makeup artist Val Garland went with super-clean skin brightened with moisture, rather than an illuminating cream. “The skin is sculpted through lighting only,” she said, noting that since the hair was quite severe, she used a drugstore brand moisturizer called Egyptian Magic on lids, lips, and cheekbones for a beautifully polished, slightly futuristic glossy effect—a go-to Garland technique that the face painter debuted at Catherine Malandrino in New York. Hard-edged eyes in either black or white completed the look, with blondes getting a white graphic line under their lower lash lines with white mascara and bleached brows and brunettes receiving a black line and black mascara. Both Pita and Garland sightings have been a bit of a rarity in Europe this season, but their originality is always a welcome addition to the backstage beauty discourse.

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