November 23, 2012

Orlando Pita brings hairstyles close to perfection

He was named one of the most influential people in the world of fashion by W Magazine in October 2007, and was the first hairstylist ever to exhibit his creations at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, in 2006, where only the most innovative American designs, from film to furniture, get to show their work.

This got Orlando Pita international recognition and a huge popularity. Craig McDean, photographer, even compared his abilities to the one of a rock star: “They play heavy rock music,” he told Vogue, “but they can also play the most beautiful melodies if they want.”

Orlando was born in Cuba, but he lives in New York and has a salon in Manhattan, named Orlo. In 2005, he became known for his $800 haircuts, and the celebrities that came to him. Gwyneth Paltrow, Julianne Moore, Jennifer Aniston, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Beyonce are among his regular clients.

His creative work is frequently featured in the Italian, French, and American Vogue, Allure, and W, but also on the runway. He has created looks for Michael Kors, Versace, YSL, Prada, Valentino, Dior, John Galliano, and Derek Lam, and worked with the most acclaimed photographers of the world: Mario Testino, Irving Penn, Steven Meisel, and Craig McDean.


Pita says Irving Penn and Steven Meisel are more than people he worked with. He believes they’ve been muses that inspired him in his perfectionist approach, because the hairstylist really believes “Every element has to be outstanding.” And he keeps his promises.


Apart from being quoted with tips and expertise in publications around the world, Orlando appeared in a high-fashion episode of the television series Sex and the City, and was a mentor on the reality TV shows Shear Genius.


Although he has gained his recognition all over the world, Orlando says he still feels “a certain shiver of gratification” every time he works: “Every time is still somehow a first, ” Pita added.

The talented hairstylist believes fashion is the most appropriate arena for him: “Change is given, and I become bored with constancy. I would rather risk! The minute something is apparently acceptable, it’s time to move on. That’s how to stay current, how to develop your craft and evolve within relevance.”