If Elsa met John…
Elsa Schiaparelli, the trailblazing designer who died in 1973, loved nature and the zodiac, and worked with artists such as Salvador Dalí. Parisian hairstylist John Nollet, whose client book reads like a list of Hollywood and French cinema A-listers, has a fondness for insects, the night sky and creating magic with whimsical wigs.
Nollet on Wednesday was in New York for “The Secret Garden of Elsa Schiaparelli” held at Bergdorf Goodman‘s fourth-floor butterfly-festooned Schiaparelli boutique, where he launched a collection of hair accessories inspired by Schiaparelli’s favorite themes — bugs, butterflies and shooting stars — and house codes such as padlocks.
“I used the DNA of the House of Schiaparelli. The base of the creations is feathers,” Nollet said of the delicate hair pieces. Some hug the head like an open cap, but are made from thin metal worked like filigree with butterflies in the design. Others have sprays of feathers decorated with rhinestones, inspired by Schiaparelli’s interest in the heavens.
“I met the Schiaparelli dream team at The Salons boutique at 1 Place Vendôme. They were working on the clothes and there was a big butterfly and insects,” Nollet said, explaining that creative director Bertrand Guyon’s spring haute couture
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