At first glance, these pictures seem perfect, each model a paragon of beauty. Look closer though, and you’ll notice a pimple here, a red eye there. These photographs haven’t been retouched. And the model’s faces are free of makeup. A beauty story without makeup or retouching? Why not—after all, statement-making hair was the story from the spring runways.
Not every hairstylist would jump at the opportunity, but Dennis Lanni was game from the get-go. An editorial darling who works with photographers such as Terry Richardson, Ellen Von Unwerth and Guy Aroch (who photographed this portfolio), whose advertising clients include Missoni, Barneys New York and Uniglo and whose runway work includes Vivienne Tam, MaxMara and BCBG Max Azria, Lanni is incredibly grounded. Literally. Organic is one of his favorite words to describe his work. “My philosophy is to make the girls look as beautiful and angelic as possible,” he says. “When I show up for a job, I’m thinking how can I apply myself to this picture without overpowering it with gimmicky ideas.”
Best known for his deftness at creating texture and volume, Lanni’s goal here was to masquerade his presence at the same time. “I wanted the hair to feel very organic, like I wasn’t there, as if it’s untouched and the models were born this way,” he says. His modesty belies the painstaking techniques he’s developed during his 20-year career. The son of a barber, the New Jersey native apprenticed with his father before landing a job at Bumble and bumble in the late Eighties. While his style perfectly dovetails with the prevailing hair trends for spring—curls, ponytails and teased textures dominated the catwalk—Lanni’s goal isn’t to be hip, but rather to provoke emotion. “I never think about trends,” he says. “I think about words—I always want to create something where you need words to describe it.”
For the looks seen here, Lanni used a cornucopia of products: Bobby pins, tissue paper, thread, paper clips, curling irons and reams and reams of hair were wrapped, rolled, bound and woven. The stylist then went to work snipping, fluffing and brushing, creating continually evolving styles that riffed on a central theme. When asked to describe his technique, Lanni’s favorite word crops up. “I don’t really have a specific technique,” he says. “It’s very organic. I process everything I’ve ever seen anyone do. And then some. It’s like cooking and it’s how I keep my enthusiasm for loving what I do.”
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion
“I’m Russian and I love to use all these little tricks that I got from my grandma or my mom. We didn’t have a lot of money for creams or anything like that so we would use a garden as a beauty treatment regime. We’d put cucumber in the fridge and do a cucumber mask,” says model @irinashayk on one of her beauty hacks. WWD asked celebs what their go-to self-care rituals are. See what Naomie Harris, Freida Pinto and more said on WWD.com. #wwdeye #wwdbeauty (📷: @zefashioninsider)
Exclusive: @viktorandrolf are teaming up with @Zalando on a collection made from leftover clothing. The lineup, which lands at the retailer February 1, includes 17 pieces adorned with sliced up and repurposed overstock from the retailer’s private label collection. Pictured here is a look from the collection –– see more on WWD.com. #wwdfashion #wwdnews
@duewestnyc is the newest bar joining the collection of intimate neighborhood-focused spaces in the West Village. The cocktail menu, which includes bitters and syrups made in-house, offers a “Build Your Own Old-Fashioned” – like the one pictured here – where guests can choose from a list of spirits and unexpected sugars and bitters. #wwdeye
Spotted at last night’s National Board of Review gala in NYC: Angelina Jolie. Jolie – along with Meryl Streep, @lupitanyongo and more – continued the all-black dress code from Sunday’s Golden Globes. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)