His session, celebrity and salon work
span decades and his fashion force sways the world. Creating skyscraper
hair and iconic images through collaborations with the likes of Karl
Lagerfeld, Gianni Versace, and Commes des GarÃ§ons, he proved hair is
integral to image. Thereâs not a supermodel or celeb of note he hasnât
styled, not a magazine of merit he hasnât covered.
Why Heâs Influential: From era-defining work with photographer Steven Meisel to the â92 Chanel show (when for the first time, hair got as much ink as the runway fashions) to the masterminding of grunge hair, Oribe took the lead. With Meisel and make-up artist FranÃ§ois Nars, he created the supermodel. One of the first Americans invited to style the European collections and creator of J.Loâs persona, he sets the beauty benchmark.
Who Influences Him: âAlexandre de Paris for his bold, amazing work, Ara Gallant, and Christiaan for his rebellious take on hair styling. Photographers like Steven Meisel taught me a tremendous amount about fashion. Gianni Versace taught me extravagance, decadence and showmanship; Azzedine Alaia taught me about the shape of a woman, and the ultimate in French chic; Karl Lagerfeld showed me a freedom about fashion.â