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Mercedes-Benz fashion Week Fall 2012 Beauty Report: Redken and Guido Palau

February 15, 2012
Redken Creative Consultant, Guido Palau



For the MBFW Fall/Winter 2012 collections, Redken creative consultant Guido Palau has been in high demand. The A-list hairstylist has been responsible for creating seasonal hair trends for Alexander Wang, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Mark Jacobs, Rag and Bone and Victoria Beckham shows.

Wondering how to get the upcoming Fall/Winter 2012 hair looks now? Check out Brand ambassador for Redken, Guido Palau tips, below.


Rag and Bone

Redken Creative Consultant Guido created a texturized, downtown hairstyle to match the India-meets-England theme that inspired Rag + Bone designers Marcus Wainwright & David Neville. The hairstyle was created to reflect a disheveled look as inspired by a frequent traveler.  The feeling of such a hair look was to complement the myriad layers, fabrics, and prints that existed within the collection.

“In my mind the hair today is a little ‘Patti Smith goes to India’. It’s a little rock ’n’ roll, with soft almost dreadlock-like chunky pieces- it’s really a very cool look, and perfect for the Rag & Bone girl.” 
–Guido, Redken Creative Consultant



Rag & Bone Fall 2012 Collection: Photo: Charles Sykes for Redken


Redken Products:

– full frame 07 all-over volumizing mousse

– rough paste 12 working material

Create the Look:

1. Saturate damp hair with a very generous amount of full frame 07 all-over volumizing mousse.

2. Let hair air dry to enhance the natural texture.

3. Create a messy 70’s-style center part.

4. Apply rough paste 12 working material to the lengths of the hair and twist into long sections to create separation and a piece-y, chunky look.

5. Tuck hair behind the ear and let sit for a few minutes to create a 70’s inspired bend.

6. Finish by roughing hair up at the crown for additional texture


Alexander Wang

Guido created a style fit for the classic Alexander Wang girl at the designer’s Fall/Winter 2012 show. The look was simple downtown girl meets tomboy. The hair was inspired by kind of girl everyone wants to be, a perfect match for Wang’s chic, modern, must-have sportswear.

“When designing his collection, Alexander is very in tune to the details and designs for the girl today, and we wanted the hairstyle to reflect that as well. It’s a very simple look, an easy down style with a center part and hair tucked behind the ears. It’s a very wearable hairstyle as well- straightforward and effortless.”
  –Guido, Redken Creative Consultant


Alexander Wang Fall 2012 Collection; Photo: Charles Sykes for Redken



Redken Products:

– Satinwear 02 ultimate blow-dry lotion

– Outshine 01 anti-frizz polishing milk

Create the Look:

1. On damp hair, apply satinwear 02 ultimate blow-dry lotion all over to create the foundation for the style and blow-dry the hair until about 80% dry.

2. Create a very clean center part.

3. Apply outshine 01 anti-frizz polishing milk from the mid-lengths to ends and let hair air dry the remaining 20% to bring out the natural texture. The outshine 01 will prevent that hair from frizzing as it dries.

4. When dry, tuck the hair behind the ears.



Victoria Beckham

For the Victoria Beckham Fall/Winter 2012 show, Redken Creative Consultant Guido created a sleek, minimalist down hairstyle.  Each models style was cut to a blunt, uniform finish that made for a lustrous, ultra-modern finished look.

“This is a simple style that in fact becomes very glamorous when worn with Victoria’s sexy clothes, working to both highlight the collection and even “tone down” the look a bit. We worked to get each girls’ hair flawlessly smooth and straight- you can make hair this straightforward stylish if you do it perfectly. The hair in New York always reflects what I like to call American minimalism- the styles, like this one, aren’t often complicated, but they reflect a simple beauty that I think works wonderfully here.” –Guido, Redken Creative Consultant




Victoria Beckham Fall/Winter 2012 Collection; Photo: Charles Sykes for Redken



Redken Products:

– Satinwear 02 ultimate blow-dry lotion

– Hardwear 16 super-strong sculpting gel

– Shine flash 02 glistening mist

Create the Look:

1. Starting with hair trimmed very straight with a blunt finish, add satinwear 02 ultimate blow-dry lotion to protect and soften hair, and blow-dry.

2. Create a deep side part and flat iron hair until perfectly straight.

3. Add a generous amount of shine flash 02 glistening mist for a glossy finish, and tuck hair behind the ears.

4. Use a dollop of hardwear 16 gel to slick down the front of the style for an extra wet finish and added texture.



Marc Jacobs

At the Marc Jacobs Fall/Winter 2012 show, Guido played what he called a “supporting actor role”, creating a style that would work under the designers’ Dr. Seuss – like hats.

“Fashion shows are almost always a bit like a dream, and at Marc Jacobs today we’re certainly creating a character. She’s a little Tim Burton-esque, innocently dark. Since all the models are wearing these amazing, huge hats, so we needed a style that fit the character and complimented the hats. We also created a “veil” of hair lightly covering the front of the models’ face, so it moves with them as they walk down the runway.”  –Guido, Redken Creative Consultant



Braided Bun Hairstyle created by Guido Palau for the Marc Jacons Fall/Winter 2012 show. Photo: Charles Sykes for Redken



Redken Products:

– Forceful 23 super-strength finishing spray


Create the Look:

1. On clean hair, pull out the first thin layer of hair from the forehead and pull over the face so it creates a veil.

2. Create a clean center part from the forehead to the nape of the neck.

3. Pull the hair into low side ponytails (under the ear) and secure with an elastic.

4. Braid each pigtail and wrap around into a knot, secure with pins.

5. Finish with forceful 23 super-strength finishing spray to secure the knots.

The two braided bun style created by Guido Palau are a perfect style for wearing with a hat (as seen in the Marc Jacobs F/W 2012 show) and will stay in place and stay chic if you’re taking it on and off.



The braided buns created by Guido Palau for the Marc Jacobs Show stayed in place under the hats; Photo: Charles Sykes for Redken
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