4 posts tagged "Patricia van der Vliet"
Dutch model Patricia van der Vliet was put through the hair color ringer last season. After cutting her long blond hair into a wispy mahogany crop before the Fall shows got under way, Guido Palau gave her a 1920s-era black bob at Calvin Klein. “It’s so much easier, and I so enjoy being the tough girl,” she said of the look back in February. “I’m definitely going to keep it for now, but I’ll have to see what happens when spring/summer comes around.” So, what did happen when summer segued into the new show season? “It was a little too black,” van der Vliet told us backstage at Carolina Herrera yesterday, where she was sporting a new rich auburn hue courtesy of her trusted colorist, Whittemore House’s Victoria Hunter. “I had to [do it],” she continued of her latest dye job, pointing out that while a set of extensions coated with Morrocanoil Volumizing Mousse, Luminous Hairspray Strong, and Frizz Control worked amazingly well with Orlando Pita’s “sleek, architectural” show look, she’s in a funny stage in the grow-out process and is all about experimenting with her color until her length comes back. “We’ll see what happens.” Yes, we imagine we will; with three more weeks of shows to get through, don’t be surprised to see a few more shades of van der Vliet.
We know what you’re thinking right now: Who is that sporting a berry lip, no brows, and platinum blond bangs in the image above? If your first guess was Hanne Gaby, you’d be wrong. It’s—wait for it—Lily Donaldson! In her latest editorial, the British catwalker borrowed two of Fall’s biggest backstage trends for the July issue of Numéro. But makeup artist Alice Lane and hairstylist Esther Langham put a decisively unexpected twist on the dynamic beauty combo that dominated the runway back in March. Rather than scrawl a dark, full lip onto Donaldson’s perfectly pale complexion, Lane etched a sanguine cupid’s bow onto her mouth, while Langham went with a white fringe rather than the severe brunette incarnation sported by a host of girls for Fall, most notably Patricia van der Vliet. Both are striking looks, obviously. But which do you prefer?
Patricia van der Vliet made headlines during the Fall shows as the first blonde model to go “severe brunette,” the season’s hair color of choice. After the Whittemore House’s Victoria Hunter gave the Dutch model a rich coffee dye job before the start of the New York shows, Guido Palau took van der Vliet even darker at Calvin Klein, morphing Eugene Souleiman’s long-in-front, choppy crop into a flapper-style bob. And that’s how we left her. When we last saw the catwalker at Alexander McQueen toward the end of Paris, she was extolling the virtues of her new, darker style while getting fitted for a platinum blonde wig. “It’s so much easier, and I so enjoy being the tough girl,” she said of the look. “I’m definitely going to keep it for now but I’ll have to see what happens when spring/summer comes around,” she declared. Well, spring is here and it looks like van der Vliet has reverted back to blonde—but only for the length of a photo shoot. The model stars in the June issue of Vogue Russia, honey-haired and gorgeous—the miracle work of on-set hairstylist Leonardo Manetti, who gave van der Vliet one hell of a blonde wig for photographer Benny Horne’s lens, thus leaving the model’s espresso hair perfectly intact. All in a day’s work. Which color do you think suits her best?
As one of this season’s new brunettes, Patricia van der Vliet has been through the hair-dye ringer. Just days before the shows started, the natural blonde went a shade of rich coffee for the New York shows, only do be dyed even darker—and cut shorter—by Guido Palau at the end of the week. Last night at Alexander McQueen, Palau gave her yet another new persona: platinum blond Hitchcock heroine turned manga cartoon character. “It’s so fun to see yourself transform,” van der Vliet told us backstage. A willing participant, the Dutch stunner is actually all for the constant makeovers. “It makes my job so much more interesting; being the pretty blonde gets boring.” While van der Vliet admits that the icy flaxen wig she got to wear at McQueen was amongst her favorite Fall looks—”I was trying to be Storm from the X-Men for Halloween and this is what I should’ve done,” she joked—she’s partial to the twenties-era flapper cut and color that she got back in February. “It’s so much easier, and I so enjoy being the tough girl,” she says of the style that admittedly brings out her blue eyes and bone structure more than her former golden glory. “I’m definitely going to keep it for—now,” the catwalker has decided. “But I’ll have to see what happens when Spring/Summer comes around.” It’s all up to the fashion gods, of course, but our money’s on a red resurgence. Until September…