THE EVENT: The Catherine Malandrino Fall 2009 collection show at New York’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, held at the Rainbow Room in Rockefeller Center.
THE DETAILS: For the first time, a colorist gets equal billing with the lead hair designer. Colorist Eva Scrivo joined forces with famed stylist Odile Gilbert to create looks for designer Malandrino. Ninety color wefts were colored using Koleston Perfect, Color Touch and Blondor. Large and small panels in sections of differing widths were colored in varying shades to allow color overlap in the finished updo. “It’s a very natural effect,” said Scrivo, “similar to wood grain. You see the tones run parallel to each other—light and dark, wide and narrow, yet they blend for a dimensionalized result.”
KUDOS FROM ODILE: Gilbert married the extensions into the natural hair and created sleek, sophisticated chignons, which were then covered with netting. “The color extensions are a beautiful intermingling of light to dark tones,” said Gilbert. “The finished look is modern art without being pretentious.”
THE LAST WORD: According to Scrivo, “Hair has a movement to it, a specific texture. It can be cut, shaped and dyed very similar to fabric. Since hair is such an integral part of a person’s style, it can be the most powerful accessory she wears.”
Lead stylist Odile Gilbert gives the finishing touch to a netted chignon at the Catherine Malandrino Fall 2009 show.
Colorist Eva Scrivo adds color to the wefts to be woven into the models’ hair.
Scrivo confers with John Maroney, senior VP and creative director for P&G Professional Care.
Pure elegance—a meticulously crafted chignon with artfully placed color.
Gilbert and Scrivo establish the power of hair as the ultimate couture accessory.
Photography: Gerardo Somoza and Jon Simon