GUIDO’S GATHERING: After a marathon month of styling the hair for shows including Marc Jacobs, Christopher Kane, Prada, Dior and Valentino during the spring season, hairstylist Guido Palau took to London’s Arts Club Monday night to host a dinner to fete last month’s publication of his book “Hair” (Rizzoli). British-born Palau, who’s based in New York, mused on the idea of “imaginary beauty” that he explores through the book’s dramatic images, which he shot with photographer David Sims over a two-year period. “I love people who express themselves; I love individuality and I love the people who stick out from the crowd and do things their own way — they’re always the people [who] we look back to for inspiration,” said Palau, who serves as Redken’s global style director.

Palau, who held a launch for the tome with Sims at Colette in Paris late last month, chatted over a dinner of tiger shrimp and black cod about the influence that his British upbringing in the late Seventies and early Eighties holds over his work. “It was a very kind of visual time in England with Punk and the New Romantics and New Wave and all the little subcultures…they were all so visual with such great hairstyles,” he said. “I think I grew up with that as a great reference library [and] all those references come out [in the book.]” Just please don’t bring back the Mohawk.

This story first appeared in the October 8, 2014 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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