Traveling The Blonde-Brunette Continuum With Patricia Van Der Vliet
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?
Photo: Benny Horne for Vogue Russia, June 2012; Joe Schildhorn /BFAnyc.com