At a time when people wax nostalgic for the golden age of jet-set glamour, Victoria Beckham proves to be redefining it for the present moment, combining unmistakable sophistication (ladylike heels, coordinating prints) with a multitasker’s sense of purpose—and attracting legions of airport paparazzi along the way.
Backstage at her Fall 2016 show this morning, the models followed the same woman-on-the-go playbook to a T, thanks to a streamlined low ponytail crafted by hairstylist Guido Palau—which may look vaguely familiar. “Victoria, over a few seasons now, has really come into her idea of what her woman is, which is very minimal, very simple, but still has a great polish,” Palau said, breaking down the aerodynamic runway style, which called to mind the designer’s own favorite swishy travel beauty signature.
Of course, this being Victoria Beckham, the look was hardly undone. To achieve that “very dramatic head shape,” Palau applied Redken’s heat-protectant Pillow Proof Blow Dry Express Primer before sweeping hair back using GHD’s Aura blow-dryer (a diffuser nozzle is key, he noted). Securing an elastic at the nape, he then layered in hairspray for pliable hold with a subtle wet-look finish. “It takes it from a normal ponytail into a fashion idea,” Palau explained—not to mention one that can withstand a transatlantic flight or a trip through a Manhattan wind tunnel.
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