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Backstage Beauty: Fall’s Top Hairstyles From Hair Guru Guido Palau

Unwashed hair is back, folks.

Getting through the Prada backstage security checks is harder than getting into the White House—or at least I suspect that might be the case. Once I get my clearance, I’m escorted along with other journos through the empty courtyard at the Fondazione Prada complex.

Outside it’s sunny, serene and quiet. Inside the backstage beauty area is a hive of focused activity as a team of hair and makeup artists prepare the models for the show. In the centre is Guido Palau, the veteran backstage hair guru and creative director for Redken Global. He and Cara Delevingne share a laugh before he moves on to check the braids on one model before making his way over for our beauty scrum.


Editor-in-chief Noreen Flanagan backstage at Prada in Milan in a beauty scrum with Guido Palau, Redken Global Creative Director.

“The show is about dark romance,” he says, immediately launching into his take on the look he created based on Miuccia Prada’s gothic romantic collection. “We’ve dyed a lot of girls’ hair black and some baby blond. There’s a nod to a gothic-y kind of girl with braids and some extreme haircuts that have been dyed black. There are references to the ’20s as well, but then we also have some simple middle-parting pony tails at the show… It’s Prada’s subversive idea of beauty.”

When asked how the models who had their hair cut and coloured reacted to their new looks he said: “I think these girls are at the age when they want to be a rebel… they’re at a time in their life to experiment.”

Check out Guido’s other key looks he created for all four fashion weeks, from the relaxed “done” look at Alberta Ferretti, to the grungy cool cuts and shapes at Versace. —Noreen Flanagan

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