Guido Palau is arguably the greatest editorial hair stylist in the business of beauty, but that doesn’t mean he works any less hard. As the Global Creative Director at Redken, he’s often at the helm of some of the biggest shows during fashion month, including the FW2020 Longchamp show earlier today. GRAZIA spoke exclusively with Palau backstage in New York City where he shared that the hair we saw on the runway wasn’t exactly what he planned originally. “We actually started with different, easy French-girl hair, but when I tried it, it wasn’t enough… there was no structure. So we had to shift to something more styled, but that’s the great thing about doing a test. I’m very open to change.”

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – FEBRUARY 08: A model walks the runway for Longchamp fashion show during February 2020 – New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Hudson Commons on February 08, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)

The resulting look was a soft, easy ponytail inspired by French cinema and Jeanne Moreau – a Parisian singer and actress known for roles in Seven Days… Seven Nights and Jules et Jim. It featured a short natural part, soft pulled back volume from the crown, and subtle movement through the ends. Palau used Redken Extreme Play Safe 3-in-1 Leave-In Treatment to prep and soften, as well as Redken Deep Clean Dry Shampoo to remove residue and save time on washing (because time is tight during NYFW). For models with natural texture, Palau shaped curls to give a polished appearance. It was a similar case with Kaia Gerber’s bob – left clean and with slight movement.

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Pre-show test look images. Image credit: Emily Algar for GRAZIA

And not to be unmatched, makeup was by the imitable Pat McGrath, who mixed khol-rimmed eyes with berry lips applied with a finger. Skin was flawless and dewy (as is the McGrath way) achieved with lots of deft foundation brush strokes and powder diffused with a small fluffy brush. McGrath shared some parting words when it came to nailing that luminous skin finish: “Don’t powder slowly, just go for it.”

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A model backstage Longchamp FW2020. Image credit: Emily Algar for GRAZIA
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A model backstage Longchamp FW2020. Image credit: Emily Algar for GRAZIA

The show itself was held at 441 9th avenue, overlooking the infamous Manhattan skyline. Supers like Carolyn Murphy and Liya Kebede walked, as well as young prodigies like Vittoria Cerreti and Kaia Gerber (who arrived only one hour before the show in a leather jacket and tiny sunglasses).

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – FEBRUARY 08: A model walks the runway for Longchamp fashion show during February 2020 – New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Hudson Commons on February 08, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)

It’s only day two of NYFW, but the beauty tips are already rolling in thick and fast. Stay across our on-the-ground coverage here.

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