On Set

"Return of the Lady"

What do Robin Thicke and Eminem have in common? Both have been transformed by Katrina Malota, stylist extraordinaire from Luigi Bruni salon in Birmingham, Michigan. Katrina抯 cinematic approach has been recognized by leading publications like Allure, as well as by designers in New York and across Europe. When she's not mastering the world of fashion and entertainment in her own right, she mentors graduates from London's prestigious Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design.

Here, Katrina shares her love of storytelling, her favorite Oribe products and why a model抯 eye can reveal all.

What was the inspiration for the shoot?
The return to a polished look. I wanted [the woman in these shots] to be darker and more complex, almost as if she were hiding some delicious secret or a story to tell.

What mood were you going for?
I wanted to have that cinematic storytelling quality come through in the hair and makeup卆 slight nod to some of the amazing femme fatales of a bygone film genre, yet with a slight homage to David Lynch heroines and our own modern-day reformed bad girls.

What drew you to the model you cast?
The most important thing to look for when casting a model for editorial is the eyes to see if she抯 able to evoke the mood and vision, or sometimes even the character you want her to portray. I always look for a girl who has a chameleon-like quality that will draw you into the photo and the story.

What music was playing on the set?
Old rock, dark underground house and some Kanye and Beyonc thrown in for good measure.

What products did you use?
To set her hair, I used Soft Lacquer Heat Styling Spray and Dry Texturizing Spray on the roots, followed by some light sprays of Royal Blowout Heat Styling Spray for brushing out and polishing the look. I used Superfine Strong Hair Spray almost the whole time to make sure everything stayed soft but looked finished.

Any memorable moments?
No one moment in particular. It all flowed quite naturally even the positioning of the models and the way light hit the face at certain angles.

Do you have a fail-safe product that you always turn to on shoots?
Everyone, including Oribe, knows that I have to say Dry. Can抰 live without it.

Credits:
Editing by Karen Buscemi. Styling by Heather Pachota.

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