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Big-time hair

Philadelphia Inquirer - Philadelphia, PA, USA - Take a look at most of the hairstyles that make it onto the Fashion Week runways and you might wonder, what's up with the hair? Why is it so messy and mussy? Do they just throw it together?

It turns out a lot of time, energy and thought go into creating those birds' nests. Yesterday, Collingswood hairstylist Kevin Gatto spent hours backstage - along with his cousin, television personality and celebrity stylist David Evangelista, and an army of assistants - creating just the perfect bulky ponytail.

The hair was meant to compliment the soft, tailored clothes presented by Project Runway alum Malan Breton.

"We are going for a '60s ladylike look with a modern twist on it," Gatto said, as he teased a brunet coif. "It's kind of Amy Winehouse-y, but very toned down."

Gatto opened Verde, an eco-friendly salon, in October. Although he is well connected in the beauty industry - besides being related to Evangelista, he studied under Fashion Week stylist Frank Rizzieri - this was his first time doing hair under the Bryant Park tents.

"Yes, I'm excited. Yes, I'm anxious. We all just want to do a good job," said Gatto, 35.

When you go to enough runway shows, themes start to emerge. For fall 2008, designers sent out an endless procession of neat, tucked-in ensembles coupled with less than perfect do's. Long curls fell every which way. Ponytails weren't necessarily straight.

One of the most popular looks on the runway this season seems to be the plump-haired bouffant popularized by 1960s icons such as Ronnie Spector.

Evangelista said he worked with Breton to come up with his messier version. Once the idea was created, Breton left Evangelista and his crew alone to make it work.

Gatto grew up in South Philadelphia in a family that was drawn to fashion. His mother, a former model, took him to Saks Fifth Avenue every weekend. While Evangelista, also from South Philadelphia, was the first to become a hairstylist, his older brother also became a stylist.

"I used to hang out with them up at hair school," Gatto said. "I wanted to do hair too. It was just a matter of time."

When he was in his late teens, Gatto enrolled in the Frank Rizzieri Institute for Hair. After graduating, he started working for Rizzieri, where he became familiar with Aveda, one of the early pioneers in eco-friendly hair products.
Source : Originally Published Philadelphia Inquirer - Philadelphia, PA, USA, Feb 7, 2008
Celebrities : Kevin Gatto
Categories : Lifestyle Personalities
Posted 2/7/2008 12:02:24 AM | Permalink
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