LaunchPad - October 2011 - 44
Peter Gray ushers in a return to glamorous hairstyling at Badgley Mischka.
There’s no shortage of glamour at Badgley Mischka’s
fall showing. Practically every item is spangled—including the hair. Each girl sports a diagonal parting adorned with a strip of diamanté—a touch that Moroccanoil lead stylist Peter Gray says is long overdue. “Everyone has held back for so long. Hairdressing has gotten so serious. It’s meant to be fun,” he laments backstage. “Times are tough now. We need to glam things up a bit. We should revel in beauty!” And revel, Gray does. He cites a laundry list of inspirations—from iconic actress Bette Davis in All About Eve to French femme Catherine Deneuve in The Hunger—that evoke the image of a “sophisticated socialite.” The style itself combines numerous elements (“everything but the kitchen sink!” Gray laughs): a low chignon, an upward-rolled French pleat, a rope twist and a side part bedecked with rhinestones. To pull it all together, he uses Moroccanoil Hydrating Styling Cream (moroccanoil.com) to impart softness, which he notes is integral to modernizing the style. “I want the hair to still be touchable. I want sheen without stiffness,” Gray relates. He ﬁnishes the updo by misting Glimmer Shine Spray all over, and then dishevels the look by pulling a few wisps free from the French plait. And the diamanté strip? That is adhered with Duo Eyelash Adhesive (sallybeauty. com), which he divulges is easy to remove and provides just enough stick. “I love the diamond strip,” he quips. “It’s glamour; it’s the crowning glory.” —Karie L. Frost
Images: Andreea Angelescu