Figo Hairstylists Make the Cut Backstage at New York’s Fashion Week

Just back from New York, and running on fashion adrenaline, hairstylists Rino and Kristina Marra and Nina Dimachki of Figo salon in Birmingham described what it was like to work backstage at seven Fall/Winter 2011 runway shows. At the request of Kérastase, the trio styled hair for Jonathan Simkhai, Suno, Thakoon, Tory Burch, Theyskens’ Theory, Monique Lhuillier, and 3.1 Phillip Lim. With all that, they still managed to take in the L.A.M.B show and meet Gwen Stefani.

What was your favorite show?
Nina: Theyskens’ Theory, hands down.
Rino: I was just excited to do them all.
Kristina: Definitely Theyskens’ Theory — what amazing pieces, such unique, modern, and strong shapes. Loved, loved the shoes.

How did this opportunity come about?
Nina: KĂ©rastase sponsored [the] seven shows.
Rino: Nina is one of the KĂ©rastase tech people. [They] get chosen first for the event, and we were lucky for the relationship that Nina has with KĂ©rastase. [KĂ©rastase chose Rino and Kristina to join the team, due to their good working relationship.]

Were you able to meet any of the designers?
Kristina: We did meet Jonathan Simkhai, Phillip Lim, and Thakoon Panichgul.

Did the designers have the hairstyles set for the team?
Nina: Odile Gilbert [the key hairdresser] has the relationships with the designers, so before the shows she consults with them. Then she does a demonstration on what she wants.

Runway fashions are often outrageous; you would never see them on the street. Is that how runway hairstyles work?
Nina: There’s a difference between each of the cities for fashion. Paris is couture and pure theatrics. London is so eccentric, out there, and almost inaccessible. Milan is luxe and red carpet, and New York is ready-to-wear. In fact, we just did a Phillip Lim hairstyle this past week.

What were some of the fashion trends that you noticed?
Kristina: I saw a lot of beige, pleated high-waist pants, flowy dresses, and killer heels.
Nina: The palettes: a lot of burgundy, royal blue, and gold.
Rino: A lot of plaids.

How was the street style in New York?
Nina: Everything and anything.
Kristina: It all depended where you were. You had the artsy crowd, the uptown, and the [trendier] crowd. It was inspiring to see people be adventurous with their look. Lots of harem pants.

What’s the vibe in New York City during Fashion Week?
Kristina: It’s so exciting, full of people eager to see the new trends.
Nina: Pure fashion adrenaline.
Rino: It’s my drug of choice.

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