The Return of the Single Braid—and Hairstylist Julien d’Ys!—Backstage at Lanvin

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Photographed by Kevin Tachman

Backstage at Lanvin tonight, amidst dozens of hairbrushes, blow-dryers, and pins, a mysterious oversize scrapbook was sitting open on a nearby table. “It’s my inspiration for the show,” said hairstylist Julien d’Ys, who had assembled an elaborate series of images—including a blown-up picture of an old Lanvin Arpège perfume bottle, as well as half a dozen of the fashion house’s campaigns and show invitations from years past. But it was two additional photographs—a black-and-white portrait of a young Brigitte Bardot in a pair of woven pigtails, and a 1970s Veruschka wearing a plaited updo—that seemed to have impacted the night’s final beauty look. “It’s very simple,” he said of the single braid he had settled on for the runway.

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Photographed by Kevin Tachman

For the legendary hairstylist, who only does a small handful of fashion shows at the request of close colleagues or friends (including Comme des Garçons’s Rei…

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