Scene-Stealing Party Hair Just Got a Whole Lot Easier, According to the Alexander McQueen Runway – Vogue.com

On a rainy Parisian evening, inside the Orangerie du Sénat, the forecast lent itself to the evocative beauty vision for Alexander McQueen’s Spring 2018 show. In contrast to the collection’s romantic petal pink, deep fuchsia, and bright coral ruffled dresses and plush knits, the models’ shellacked wet-look strands, conceived by hairstylist Guido Palau in collaboration with designer Sarah Burton, imbued the show with a distinct sense of futurism. “When you come out of the water and you’re drenched, there’s a purity to it,” explained Palau. “It just sort of works in McQueen’s world this season.”

It also might work in your world this season if you’re the kind of girl whose idea of scene-stealing party hair includes stepping straight from the shower into an exquisitely embroidered floral evening dress, fastening a flashing jeweled choker around your throat and a few crystal embellishments up your earlobe—strands still soaked as you head for the door.

Should an unseasonably chilly night make that scenario something of a health hazard, not to worry, Palau has a backup plan: To create the glossy texture seen on the runway, he blew hair dry and parted it down the center, then used Redken Hardwear 16 Super-Strong Sculpting Hair Gel to sculpt it along the head and neck, down to the shoulders. The not-so-subtle subtext? When it comes to a game-changing big-night look, sometimes it pays to take the plunge.