THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2015PFW Diary:Beauty Edition

 

Nasty Gal’s resident hair genius, Rachel Brady just returned home to L.A. after a whirlwind month of backstage fashion month madness. Check out the last of the lust-worthy hairstyles she created in Paris for Dior, Pascal Millet, Carven, and Haider Ackermann!

 

 

Pascal Millet

“The idea behind this collection was apres-ski—what a girl who skis all day at St. Moritz would slip into for a vin chaud at the chalet. The girls dragged long fur stoles down the runway, exhausted no doubt from the day’s leisure sports. The hair was bent all the way around the head at the ears as if she had taken off her googles and headed straight to dinner. Franco Gobbi lead the show and was true to his style keeping things sporty but very feminine.”

 

 

 

Carven

“James Pecis continued his winning streak with that undone marcel wave, breaking the code on beach waves. There were gigantic metallic sun dial chokers and cropped flare pants with sky high waists, popped collars, and delicate sequined cropped sweaters with floral appliqué. The ’70s babe is here to stay this season—thank the goddess!”

 

 

Dior

Raf Simons has secured his throne at Dior this season, bringing his Balenciaga avant garde touch to the classic house.The garments were futuristic animal prints, abstracted and urbanized with masculine tailoring and skin tight leather in slick knee-high boots and waffled jackets in exotic skins. The hair was tightly slicked into gravity defying side ponytails with gobs of luxurious hair added. Guido Palau led the team with his signature perfective style and Peter Phillips’ make-up was an animalistic round cat-eye in deep cerulean, plum, and kohl.”"

 

Haider Akermann

“This show is always so beautifully dark and gothic with elements of punk, ’90s and CBGB references. The hair was meticulously stitched with thread and teased to mirror the clothes, which looked lovingly well-worn, like a mother’s expensive hand-me-down with a twist of her daughter’s punk rock look. The show was lead by Katsuya Kamo and the vibe was wabi-sabi and organic—each girl had their own customized look, which ranged from Sid Vicious pomps to mohawks. Tom Pecheux applied a ghostly sheen to all the cheekbones and eggshell shadow on the eyes which added an ethereal lightness to the collection.”

PFW Diary > Beauty Edition

TUESDAY, MARCH 3, 2015MFW Diary:Beauty Edition

 

Nasty Gal’s resident hair genius, Rachel Brady, has continued to work her magic backstage at Milan Fashion Week. Check out the lust-worthy hair she created for Etro, Dolce & Gabbana, Costume National, and more!

 

 

Mila Schon
“Mila is all about luxury and old world craft and beauty. The girls looked like Michelangelo beauties with flushed cheeks an diaphanous hair that wafted down the catwalk. It was so fitting in the historic setting of Leonardo Da Vinci’s Museum of Science. Peter Gray lead the hair and crafted a young, effortless ponytail so carefree it was almost falling off…!”

 

Dolce & Gabbana
“This season it was all about Mama! Mothers and daughters (some of them still babies) walked the show, making for 94 models in all. Guido Palau fashioned swift chignons in the classic dolce widow shape but gave it a non chalance mussed up feel. With giant dolce jewels attached and blinded out headphones covered with fur this mama is definitely werking it!”

 

Gabriele Colangelo
“Italian finery fur and leather, wool jumpsuits, and wide-leg trousers abounded! The collection was so sophisticated that we needed to make the hair very careless. We swept it all back to make it seem as did-it-herself as we could and messed it up around the face with some bits pulled out of the buns so they’d waft on the runway. Peter Gray lead the team on these precise yet billowy buns.”

 

Etro

“This show was beyond! James Pecis is a rebel in the hair world and he showed us some amazing themes in Milan. A broken wave and an ‘uncurl’ with shine and texture. If you aren’t on your beach-wave game you better start now, because summer is right around the corner!”

 

Costume National
“James Pecis did hair to match the inspiration for the collection which was super ’90s rock ‘n’ roll. Amoungst the pictures of the collection were images of Patti Smith and Keira Knightly. Some of the girls got a knot sewn in the hair with leather and twine and finished with a black raven’s feather. Dark witchy perfection!”

 

Les Copains

“The inspiration for the hair at Le Copains was ’90s Linda Evangelista—dream inspo for sure…! Peter Gray led the team on these chic up-dos with bejeweled knots and swept up crowns.”

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2015NYFW Diary:Beauty Edition

 

Nasty Gal’s resident hair genius, Rachel Brady, has been working her magic backstage at New York Fashion Week. Check out the lust-worthy hair she created for designer’s Nicola Formichetti, Badgley Mischka, Tracy Reese, and Rodebjer!

 

 

NicoPanda

“his is Nicola Formichetti’s new line. He was previously at Diesel and Thierry Mugler, and has really focused on ‘club kids’ for inspiration and model selection. The look is Japanese ‘kawaii’ and goth influenced.

Peter Gray was the lead stylist and has styled Nasty Gal lookbooks before. He’s known for his quirky twist on beauty. Each model got a custom wig we cut to fit the face, outfit and personality. Several of the models kept their wigs for the after-party!

Brooke Candy hung out while we shot the lookbook after the presentation… It was totally a party and not your typical show.”

 

Badgley Mischka

“Another show led by Peter Gray, the inspiration was Amy Winehouse and Brigitte Bardot. Very red-carpet and glamorous, which is what these boys do best.

 

But always with that sort of Paris Hilton laissez-faire.”

 

Tracy Reese

“It was a NYC ‘urban warrior’ inspiration—a career girl wearing leather and fur.

The show was lead by BokHee an amazing stylist who conceptualized the graphic top knots-fresh out of the shower, all business, on-her-way-to-work-girl.”

 

Rodebjer

This a Swedish brand that has been turning out Swedish girl staples.

 

  Rodebjer is strongly inspired by counterculture, the human rights and feminist movements, music, film, art and literature—passionate people with strong ideals and the courage to live by their own rules. 

 

The show’s hair inspiration was lead my my close friend Tony Kelley who has been my mentor for years. The products we used are a super exciting new brand from the founders of Bumble and bumble. They are called Hairstory Studio, and it’s a revolutionary hair care brand.

 

The hashtag for Rodebjer was #wearestardust and there was no shortage of witchy cult vibes. It was gothic and dreamy with moons painted on foreheads and sweaty post-festival hair. Lead stylist Tony Kelley tightly braided hair below the nape of the neck to create a skinny shape around the face, then finger dried to messy perfection with Purely Perfect Smooth Finish Creme with extracts of Rose and Primrose oil. Set into a deep side-part, the look effortlessly complimented the kaleidoscopic dresses and delicate floral silks teamed with fur and leather.