Backstage Beauty: Christian Siriano Fall 2014
Let’s not sugarcoat it—Fashion Week is one of the most hectic, frenzied and chaotic weeks for designers, stylists, models, photographers and editors. But, it’s also one of the most exhilarating. Still, things can change at a moment’s notice and throw anyone off their game. At Christian Siriano, Sebastian Professional lead hairstylist Anthony Cole is nothing but calm, cool and collected even though the hair design did a 180-degree earlier in the morning. “We started with a dry, off-the-face wave, but as we were doing it we thought it was getting too literal.

NYFW Hair: Locker Room Cool by Eugene Souleiman for Wella Professionals at Jerem
This season, the hair look at the Jeremy Scott show in New York broke away from fantasy and moved towards a fresh fashion look. The collection, described by stylist Eugene Souleiman as a take on “sportswear with a suggestion of lingerie,” called for a “racy, after the gym” hairstyle.

The IBX Buzz at ISSE Long Beach
Though the buzz and curiosity about IBX started to spread at the beginning of January, Famous Names kept priorities focused on the United States domestic launch of IBX at the International Salon and Spa Expo in Long Beach, California.

NYFW Hair: Rolled Up-dos by Antonio Corral Calero for Moroccanoil at DELPOZO
The DELPOZO Fall/Winter 2014 collection at New York Fashion Week was inspired by the geometric post-cubist art of Duilio Bernabé and the futuristic 1960’s novel, Logans Run.Drawing from these elements, stylist Antonio Corral Calero, Moroccanoil Artistic Director, created elegant, futuristic looking, rolled up-dos for the show. “The hair is beautiful, strong and dramatic,” said Calero, “and was inspired by the designer’s vision of Italian artist Duilio Barnabé. The looks are smooth, sleek, asymmetrical and highlight pure, rounded geometrical form."

NYFW Hair: Vibrant, Feminine Styles by Peter Gray for Moroccanoil at Badgley Mis
Designers Mark Badgley and James Mischka describe the inspiration behind their Fall 2014 collection, stating that “Fall is all about a polished textured glamour with a modern edge that translates seamlessly from day into evening. The fabrics, palette and embellishment are inspired by the romance and opulence of turn-of-the-century Vienna, specifically the artistic movements of Gustav Klimt and Josef Hoffmann.

NYFW Hair: Tibetan Braids by Amit Abraham for L’Oréal Professionnel at Bibhu Mo
Inspired by Tibet, the Bibhu Mohapatra Fall 2014 collection channels the culture, landscapes and strength of the region’s spirituality. The richness of Tibetan culture was reflected in the graphically embellished collection, from silver and gold encrusted gowns to linear prints. Said designer Mohapatra, “Because I drew inspiration from generations of women of Tibet and their lives, I wanted the hair to be a combination of graphic lines and tribal braids."

NYFW Hair: Couture Ponytails by Didier Malige for René Furterer at Reem Acra
From shimmering sequins and iridescent feathers to plush platinum panné velvet to crystal, gold and platinum embroidery, every last exquisite detail of Reem Acra’s stunning Fall 2014 collection was an invitation to be transported to all the mysteries and romance of Midnight in Paris. As for the journey that led to the concept, “It takes time to get inspired,” said Reem Acra. “I went to Paris, like I always do, thinking about the collection. My theme was French. My theme was dark. When I got there it was already midnight.

Backstage Beauty: Rebecca Taylor Fall 2014
At Rebecca Taylor, Oribe lead hairstylist Rolando Beauchamp spiels off a multitude of phrases and words to describe the woman in the collection and her locks. “She’s a very sophisticated but downtown girl. She’s a cool girl you'd maybe see in Nolita or the East Village. She’s a girl that’s had her hair done but she's been running around and her hair's gotten rough. She's young, she's fresh, she’s modern, she’s edgy … she’s real—hey there’s another word. Real!” he laughs.

Backstage Beauty: Raul Penaranda Fall 2014
The inspiration behind catwalk nails often gets more play than the manicurist who created the look, but not so at Raul Penaranda’s Fall 2014. The reason: The lead nail artist is 13-year-old Alanna Wall, founder of Polished Girlz, a nonprofit organization that brings lively mani parties to kids in hospitals. At the tender age of 8, Wall determined to knit scarves for every girl diagnosed with cancer.

Four years ago stylists Amy O'Brien and Jill Sires attended a Matrix training in Palm Springs, CA. They were so inspired by Matrix's Chairs of Change program that they decided to create an event to showcase local talent and give back to their community. Rock the Look: Stylists Giving Back was born! The event which will take place on May 17, 2014 in Waterloo, Iowa, will host around 500 attendees and benefit St. Jude Children Research Hospital.   Check out some of the great looks seen at past Rock the Look events!

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