From Audrey Hepburn's iconic coif to Victoria Beckham's fashion-forward pixie, Garren has created some of the most enviable looks in Hollywood. His trendsetting styles, expert techniques, and highly regarded product collection have established this super stylist as a celebrity in his own right.
Below, Garren dishes on everything from his funniest celebrity clients to the season's top trends and must-have styling tools.
Long before the current crop of celebrity stylists, you were working with some of the industry's top talent. Who was your first star client?
It was Farrah Fawcett for the July 1978 cover of Vogue. Patrick Demarchelier was the photographer, and the story was haute couture. She became a dear friend, and we worked together for years.
Sharp, precise razor cuts like the style you gave Victoria Beckham have become a signature of yours. Do you think any woman can wear this style, or is there a specific face shape or hair type that suits it best?
For this type of style, almost all face shapes will work, with the proper adjustments and versions of the cut. The best type of hair for this cut will have a soft wave, not a kinky texture.
What is your all-time favorite red-carpet look you've created for a client?
My favorite red-carpet look would be a sleek chignon or a look reminiscent of Old Hollywood film stars. Also, a great haircut looks modern on the red carpet. Renee Zellweger and Victoria Beckham are good examples.
Where do you feel most inspired: editorial shoots, backstage at fashion shows or working in your New York City salon?
I feel inspired by them all. It is a great balance between fantasy and reality. You can’t beat creating for magazines such as Vogue and Allure as well as working on the most beautiful women in the world, but working in the salon takes it home. My clients are the most wonderful people to know.
What hair care products do you think a woman should splurge on? When should she save her money?
I think women should splurge on Garren New York products such as the Color Stabilizing Shampoo and the Nourishing Creme Conditioner. I would save on large combs and paddle brushes.
Which of fall's hair trends are you most excited about?
I’m excited about sleek short haircuts and small head shapes. Short hair is back, and women are embracing it full force in a modern way.
Now that we've covered the basics, it's time for our "lightning round" of questions:
Favorite styling tool?
Nalu Waver Double-Barrel Curling Iron.
Person you’d most like to meet, past or present?
Marilyn Monroe and President Obama.
Watching TV and eating popcorn with my dog, Polo.
Most beloved hair care product?
Garren New York Designing Spray Tonic and my own line of Garren New York products.
Anywhere in the world with the love of my life, Thom!
Most inspiring photographer you've had the pleasure of working with?
I have had the pleasure of working with the best, so it would be difficult to name one. My picks: Irving Penn, Steven Meisel, Richard Avedon and Steven Klein.
Favorite hair texture to work with?
I would say almost every hair texture. Gisele’s soft wave is the best. Linda Evangelista’s for inspiration.
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