In Milan, Dua Lipa not only opened and closed the Versace show in true-to-form bombshell fashion, but debuted a surprise hair transformation. Hitting the catwalk in an asymmetrical skirtsuit featuring oversize rainbow safety pins and a single cut-out along one hip for a flash of midriff, the pop superstar’s signature dark brunette hair was dramatically longer, falling all the way down to her waist as she whipped around the turn of the runway.
The extra length was crafted by none other than hairstylist Guido Palau. “We’re emphasizing that straightness that Donatella loves with some extensions to really sort of exaggerate the girls,” explained Palau, who pulled Lipa’s extended pin-straight lengths into a taut, half-up style that helped highlight her lime green lids, which were painted on by makeup artist Pat McGrath. “It’s really a classic hair style, but we’re trying to make it look extreme.”
Palau likened the silhouette to the enduring reference that is Catherine Deneuve’s signature half-up style, but with a “more modern and futuristic” twist; the center panel of hair sculpted flat to the head shape, as opposed to teased up to voluminous effect. To achieve sleek texture, Palau coated lengths in Bumble and bumble hairspray before flat-ironing it one section at a time, and then used a flexible hair wax to tame fly-aways. A single gold barrette fastened in the back finished the look.
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Originally published on Vogue.com