Redken Creative Consultant Guido Gives Us the Backstage Scoop

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Consider Guido Palau the Cher of hair—a man so influential in his field, he’s known to most strictly on a first-name basis. The Redken creative consultant creates runway hairstyles for a fashion world who’s who—including Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino, and Marc Jacobs—and starting tonight, just for Gilt. Get to know the man behind the manes, then check back at 9pm for the launch of our exclusive partnership with Redken,  including the step-by-step process to each of Guido’s chic styles, the perfect fashion trends to pair with each, and a chance to score a free beauty gift!

StyleFile: Who are your muses?
Guido: I find inspiration in the everyday woman. Anyone could be a muse for me.  My eyes are always open to finding inspiration everywhere.

SF: Let’s talk supermodels–you’ve worked with all of them! Any favorites? Guido: Every supermodel is a supermodel for a reason.  They are all amazing. I’ve had good times with all of them, for example Kate Moss, Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista…just to name a few. 

SF: What is your number one pet peeve when it comes to hair? Is there a trend you see over and over again that you wish would end already?
Guido: I think my pet peeve would be the overuse of the curling iron.  What started out as a great beachy wave, has turned into bad prom curls. It’s time for that to go.

SF: Where do you generally find inspiration? Do you approach a collection with an idea of what you want to do and let evolve naturally, or do you have an exact picture in your mind from the outset?
Guido: I find inspiration absolutely everywhere from literally walking down the street to looking at architectural designs to subcultures and music. The good thing is, when you travel around as much as I do you can get inspiration from many different countries. Each place has its own personality so I get my inspiration from museums, art, exhibitions, music, architecture, design from all over the world.

SF: What would you say is the most influential runway look that you’ve created in your career? Any that have really effected how women wear their hair?
Guido:
The Alexander Wang side braid, Spring/Summer 2010.

SF: What’s the one product every single woman should have in her hair arsenal?
Guido: Redken Guts 10 volume spray foam.  This is my go-to product when I want to add fullness to the hair. If you love root lift, then you will love Guts 10.

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Chic Peek: Inside Nanette Lepore’s #MDW Getaway

Consider us smitten with Nanette Lepore’s laid back approach to feminine chic: The bold colors, pretty prints, and flattering silhouettes from today’s sale on Gilt top our list of summer must-haves, so it’s no surprise she lives as fabulously as she designs. We asked Nanette for a sneak peek inside her Memorial Day weekend at her family’s home in Amagansett on Long Island’s east end, and she obliged with a photo diary (snapped by her daughter, Violet!).

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Clearly, the designer has a way with color and print—this is what her table looks like for an afternoon snack. Every afternoon, after walking down the cliffside stairs to the beach, Nanette and her family and enjoy farm fresh fruit and sip rosè.

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ZAC Zac Posen: The New Go-To for Everyday Glamour

Zac_byMichael_smZac Posen has never been one to play it safe. The CFDA Award-winning designer showed his first collection at 21, nabbed Sean “P. Diddy” Combs as an early investor, and released a buzzy collab with Target in 2008 — all the while dressing and mingling with his enviable coterie of friends and muses (Coco Rocha, Natalie Portman, and Claire Danes, to name a few). In Fall 2013, he was at it again with the launch of ZAC Zac Posen — on Gilt today — a contemporary line he calls a “natural evolution of the Zac Posen brand”.

“I’m inspired by a woman who is youthful, metropolitan, characterized by an eased sophistication, and has a strong sensibility,” Posen tell us. “The collection is designed for a customer looking for fashion, but with an accessible reach.” A lover of all things tailored and Old Hollywood, Posen has infused the line with the architectural craftsmanship and striking materials that have become his signatures: “What’s special about ZAC Zac Posen is the use of fabric manipulation techniques to achieve a truly day-to-night look. They can be accessorized elegantly for the daytime and paired with an evening clutch for after-work events.”

As far as dressing for spring goes, Posen’s playing favorites: “I always love stretch satin crepe for the impeccable quality of embracing and enhancing every body type; the knits are so comfortable and very stylish; and the printed georgette is a must for spring and summer. This season is all about florals, our very own Glasgow green, and jewel tones such as amethyst.”

Shop ZAC Zac Posen now on Gilt!

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Style Me Pretty’s Abby Larson Shares Her Perfect Wedding Tips

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About to say I do? You’re going to need a serious style guru to guide you through the wedding planning process. Enter Abby Larson, editor and founder of StyleMePretty.com and StyleMePrettyLiving.com—two of the web’s most beautifully curated sites offering real-life inspiration for your big day and beyond. We’ve enlisted her to share her top selects for dresses, decor, and more in The Wedding Event on Gilt, and to dish on what makes for a picture-perfect day. Read the Q+A, then shop her picks!

StyleFile: Planning a wedding can become a full-time job–whats your advice for brides to help make it an easier experience?
Abby Larson: Hire a wedding planner! Although to those on a strict budget this may seem like a splurge, a good wedding planner can not only make the experience so much more manageable (allowing you to actually have fun with it) but they can save you money in the costly mistakes that brides often make when planning. Other than that, make sure to build in moments of fun throughout the whole process – make a day out of dress shopping with your mom and your besties, have your maids over for some wine and crafting, turn cake testing into a full on date night. Dote on the journey just as you would the day itself!

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