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Guido Palau: Portrait Of The Hairdresser Behind Fashion Week

September 14th 2017
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With the geometric hairstyles at Alexander McQueen or the faux woolen dreadlocks at Marc Jacobs, the creative talent of Guido Palau is clearly behind every fashion week. As the artistic director for Redken for the past 12 years, he’s a role model for studio hairdressers and others. Here, FAB presents you with a portrait of this hairstyling genius.

Credit: Tory Burch SS18 – New York Fashion Week

From The Sassoon Academy To George Michael

Born in Dorset, England, the hairstylist, whom most people call only by his first name, studied at the Sassoon Academy in London. However, the young visionary quickly got bored with working in the close confines of the hair salon. During the filming of the video for George Michael’s “Freedom! ’90”, he was really noticed for the first time. Top models Claudia Schiffer, Linda Evangelista and Cindy Crawford willingly gave themselves over to Guido’s expert hands. His unusual and futuristic style quickly caught the eye of the biggest designers. Since then, he’s worked for Calvin Klein, Versace and Lanvin, who just can’t get enough of him.

Credit: Tory Burch SS18 – New York FASHION WEEK

Guido’s Influence In Fashion

Since 2005, Guido Palau has been the artistic director for the Redken brand, where he designs hairstyles that are as innovative as they have become iconic, and which always stand out. From campaigns for the Redken 5th Avenue NYC brand to seasonal trends and, of course, running the hairstyling booths at shows such as for Marc Jacobs, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Calvin Klein, Versace, Lanvin, Jil Sander, Alexander Wang, Roberto Cavalli and many more. In only a few years, Guido has become a prominent and influential voice in the fashion world, not to mention all the catwalks where his hairstyles can be spotted in New York, London, Milan and Paris, even for this season.

Books Immortalizing His Work

After “Heads: Hair by Guido”, published in 2000, which shows the signature looks of the past decade, nearly 15 years later came “Hair Guido”, which compiled 70 avant-garde looks as envisioned by famous photographer David Sims. Now, Guido Palau has teamed up with Josh Wood in a work entitled “Global Color Creative Director” for Redken in the spring of 2017.

Credit: Tory Burch SS18 – New York Fashion Show

At the very start of this Fashion Week for Spring/Summer 2018, you’ll be able to follow Guido on his Instagram account @guidopalau and at @redken.