FASHION WEEK: Philip Pelusi at Venexiana

By Lauren Salapatek | 02/17/2011 12:13:37 PM


After collaborating with Hungarian-born designer Kati Stern of Venexiana for the past four seasons, Philip Pelusi created a look he calls a Venetian topknot for fall/winter 2011 Fashion Week. "It's like a French twist but with a difference," says the founder of Tela Beauty Organics.

To provide a lot of texture and control, Pelusi worked Tela Beauty Organics Composer through the hair before styling. Half of the hair in back was pulled into a low ponytail, which was gently teased. Next, the hair in front and on top was teased. Then Pelusi brushed the hair back toward the ponytail and slowly twisted it upward as if creating a French twist, using hairpins to secure the hair as he worked his way up the head. Any hair that was left over was finger-combed and pinned at the crown. "So many of the clothes in this collection have a Venetian feel, but I also wanted some height to the hair," Pelusi says. "After all, the models are tall, regal and elegant. We wanted the hair to look the same."






ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lauren Salapatek

Lauren Salapatek Lauren Salapatek, Web Editor for Modern Salon | Salon Today | First Chair.

(Previous positions: Associate Editor/E-Newsletter Content Production Manager)

Since January 2010, Lauren has worked for Modern Salon Media covering salon style, product and beauty trends, and business editorial for both print and online content. As of October 2013, Lauren’s role changed to Web Editor—now she manages all online editorial content for, and As part of her responsibilities, she creates, edits, organizes and curates content for all Modern Salon Media’s websites; manages the creation and production of all Salon e-newsletters; promotes Modern Salon Media’s digital content via several social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest); and maintains an editorial calendar to keep all Modern Salon Media’s websites timely and current.

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