NEW YORK -- Pittsburgh was well represented backstage at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week on Saturday night, thanks to hairstylist and product artist -- and Bloomfield native -- Philip Pelusi of Philip Pelusi Salons and his team of stylists, several of whom he brought with him from his home city.
Once again Mr. Pelusi collaborated with designer Kati Stern to come up with a hairstyle for models in the runway show for her collection, Venexiana.
The hairdo was dubbed "Opposite Attraction" because it combined crimped hair with smooth strands. It even can be attempted at home, Mr. Pelusi said, by pulling half of the hair into a pony tail and leaving the rest down. Then crimp the bottom pieces and twist it all into a low bun on a diagonal near the nape of the neck.
To prep models' locks for the look, he used products from his Tela Beauty Organics and P2x2 product lines. Key products from Tela: a "dri" shampoo and hair healer (considered a BB cream for the hair).
Mr. Pelusi's influence has been reaching beyond the runway. His Tela Beauty Organics line is now sold on beauty websites in the United Kingdom and Germany, and his team is in the process of bringing Tela products to all Philip Pelusi Salons.
Photos: (Above) From left Jeffrey Reitz, Philip Pelusi, Lisa Krszal and Sam Canavan. Mr. Pelusi and the creative directors from Pittsburgh posed for press photos backstage at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center on Manhattan's Upper West Side. (Below) The "Opposite Attraction" hairstyle in the works, followed by the final look. Photos by Sara Bauknecht/Post-Gazette