By  on November 14, 2008

Any one of a dozen personality types can be found creating hairstyles backstage during fashion week. There’s the too-busy-for-you stylist, who can’t spare a moment to talk about a trend. There’s the overly descriptive stylist, who gives so many points of reference that one ends up confused. Then there’s someone like Michelle Fiona, one of Bumble and bumble’s rising stars, who, in 3-inch heels, can maneuver from one head to another, all while wearing a smile, cracking jokes and betraying not the barest hint of nerves.

Her entry into the frenetic world of hairstyling mirrors her personality: easy and breezy, lucky and adaptable. Perhaps that’s why, at only 31, she’s become the go-to stylist for many Manhattan hipsters, such as Zooey Deschanel and Sara Sophie Flicker, and just wrapped keying her first show— Catherine Holstein—during New York Fashion Week. Though well on her way to being a big-shot hairstylist in the fashion world, Fiona has no problems staying grounded.“I don’t want to get a big head. Whatever comes my way is cool,” she says, after the frenzy of fashion week has died down. Looking back, she says the whole process—from being paired with Holstein to coming up with a style to translating her vision to the Bumble team—went very smoothly. “I never get nervous because I just like what I do. People are nice and it’s a group effort. You see the clothes and makeup and then you get into the creative process,” she says.

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