75 posts tagged "Orlando Pita"
Not so long ago, we lived for barrettes. In seventh grade, it was plastic baby clips in the mold of ducks, birds, and other similarly infantile shapes, and then it was barrettes of the multicolored, mini-sized Goody variety, which have since been discontinued and which we buy in bulk should we happen upon them at an outdated pharmacy. So, you can understand why we’re quite pleased to see the youthful hair accessory having a major moment for Spring. We’ve already mentioned the chunky plastic pieces Cynthia Rowley whipped up for her show this weekend and the plain silver metal bars hair stylist Odile Gilbert used to create a sleek, graphic silhouette at Prabal Gurung. And it just keeps getting better! Orlando Pita and his crack team of coif masters assembled barrettes covered in actual hair to hold and seamlessly blend into models’ own tresses at Carolina Herrera on Monday, mimicking the silhouette of fluid, belted Korean robes. Then yesterday, Peter Gray strung up bejewled golden charms onto bobby pins and inserted them into big, soft, Seventies-era coifs at Badgley Mischka before a rousing Rodarte show where Gilbert was called on yet again to insert ten different barrettes the Mulleavy sisters made with their own hands into sixties-style, rough-dried, easy, California-girl hair. It was cute, it was classic, and it looked amazing with their gold dresses, which we definitely wouldn’t have appreciated back in middle school, but would love to slip into now. Some things change, some stay the same.
The sixties struck again at Derek Lam yesterday, where the combination of Orlando Pita on hair and Tom Pecheux on makeup duty—his first and only NYFW appearance as Estée Lauder’s creative director of makeup—made for a middle-parted/strong-eye masterpiece. Pita prepped models’ hair with his Plump Heat-Seeking Liquid Hair Plumper for T3, and let his round brush and blow-dryer do the rest. He set hair slightly forward and added a little bump in the back to properly re-create the sixties vibe. As was the case at Peter Som earlier in the week, Pecheux paid homage to the decade with some well-crafted eyeliner. “I always said I would bring a French touch to Estée Lauder,” he said of his decision to eschew plain black liner again and go for a bright tangerine pigment, adding a shimmery, white triangle on the inner corner of models’ eyes. “I’m definitely cooking,” the former pastry chef said of the a-little-of-this, a-little-of-that makeup mantra he used to concoct the orange look, which involved a stroke of Lauder’s Double Wear Stay-in-Place Lip Pencil in Coral topped off with a mixture of its Pure Color Moisture Rich Lipstick in Melon and Mandarin Pop. (Editor’s note: Lauder is relaunching its Pure Color Lipstick collection this spring to include super-bright, fun opaque shades like the two Pecheux used here as eye makeup. Get excited.) To add a touch of shimmer and hold the glossy lipstick in place, Pecheux topped off lids with a dusting of his Pure Color Eyeshadow in #39 Rock Coral. Lips were left a glistening nude courtesy of another one of these new pout perfectors in Vanilla Truffle. If this is what Pecheux meant when he told us at Lam’s show last season that he wanted to inject “a little fashion, some fantasy, naughtiness, and above all youth” into the 65-year-old Estée Lauder brand, we’re all for it.
With an array of tulip-shaped coats and dresses making their way down the Dior Couture runway yesterday, it was hard to take your eyes off of John Galliano’s bright bouquet of one-of-a-kind frocks. Unless, of course, you were already fixated on hairstylist Orlando Pita’s sculptural, sky-high coifs wrapped in Stephen Jones’ cellophane-inspired headgear, and the colorful, geometric makeup that came courtesy of face painter Pat McGrath. Pita built five different styles that each evoked images of flower buds about to open, teasing and spritzing hefty helpings of hair spray, like his T3 360-Degree Control, along the way for hold. As for the equally bold shapes the models sported on their lids, McGrath blocked out brows and drew on her own, more fantastic arches before whipping up a series of what amounted to boxy cat-eyes in a range of colors. Squaring off shades of orange, blue, green, and yellow at the inner corners, McGrath dragged her wet, pigment-dipped brush toward the temples with sharp precision. She then added requisite rows of fake eyelashes and a deep, wine-stained pout for additional shock value. It was a bloomin’ good time, to say the least.
Devoted readers of this blog may recall the enthusiasm with which we discussed Tom Pecheux’s red glitter lip backstage at Doo.Ri during the Fall shows. You may also recall that we didn’t spend much time—any, in fact—talking about Orlando Pita’s conjoining fishtail braids, which were equally noteworthy examples of beauty expertise. The reason we made that a makeup-specific blog entry was simple: The fishtail braid still eludes us, after years of practice. We literally stood behind Pita and watched him cross strands of hair on model after model, but for some reason, when we tried to repeat his motions at home, it was a disaster—and we fancy ourselves master French braiders, too. Enter T3, the show’s hair sponsor. Yesterday, they sent out a recap of the look with step-by-step directions and a handy sidebar—with excellent diagrams—to help guide us through the process. And just like that, we got it. (As we’ve mentioned before, we are visual learners). We’ve included Pita’s instructions below so you can follow along with the pictures and experiment at will. FYI to the long-haired among you: A tight ponytail with fishtail braiding through the lengths is a summer showstopper.
Take two equal sections of hair and pull a skinny strand from the outside of one section.
Cross the skinny strand over the other section of hair.
Join the skinny strand to the hair in that section and pull tight.
Now repeat the same motions with a skinny strand from the outside of the other section until you’ve created an extended “x” pattern.
Here’s the thing about fishtail braids: They look so easy when, say, hairstylist Orlando Pita creates conjoining sections of them backstage at Doo.Ri. Try to re-create them at home, and the results can be somewhat less successful. But as Leona Lewis’ beautiful side-slung plait at last night’s Love Ball in London shows, learning the skill really pays off if you—or your stylist—can figure it out. If you want to give it a whirl at home, here’s a how-to video. Any useful tips and tricks? Report back in the comments.