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For Valentino’s fall-winter 2008-2009 haute couture show, hairstylist Eugene Souleiman said he created a look that seemed masculine from the front and feminine from behind.

“There’s a sort of geisha knot at the back,” he explained, adding that since he found there to be lots of metal in the Valentino fashion collection, he was inspired to place hair pins in rows on the heads of models wearing the most elaborate clothing. Souleiman also decorated coiffs with other ornaments, too.

“It’s space age and fishlike,” he said. “I think it’s so pretty, as well.”

Makeup artist Pat McGrath, meantime, focused on a fragile composition.

“We’re making them very pale, very beautiful, with slightly smoked eyes,” she said, adding she used body makeup over bodies, as well.

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