“Feminine, soft, pretty—this is how girls want to look,” said hairstylist Guido Palau backstage at Dolce & Gabbana today, where racks of matador red dresses and gold-embroidered flats sat in neat rows, awaiting their turn on the runway. He’s right: All around him, models in black silk robes could be spotted twisting and turning in an effort to get a clear shot of their slightly unraveling buns with their iPhones. He was blow-drying the hair smooth, then blasting it with Redken Wind Blown 05 Dry Finishing Spray before pinning it low at the nape of the neck and leaving the ends slightly loose in the back.
The designers had been tapping into the Spanish influence in the Kingdom of Sicily under the rule of the House of Habsburg (1516–1713). As such, Palau was dipping into several nearby bins filled with fresh red roses and carnations—the kind you might throw into the ring after a bullfight—and tucking them into the hair at random, along with the occasional gilded ornament or headpiece. It may have been meant for the runway, but with its easy polish and decorative flourish, it was a look that promised to work just as well with a festive party dress as it would with a pair of the fashion house’s flashing jewel-encrusted jeans.
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