Pita has tousled the tresses of red hot celebs like Jennifer Aniston, Sarah Jessica Parker and Gwyneth Paltrow and top designers such as Michael Kors, Derek Lam, John Galliano and Miuccia Prada count on him to create looks for their shows and ad campaigns. Pita took a break from preparing for Paris fashion week to talk to StyleList about his Oscar hair predictions, spring trends and his new role on Bravo's "Shear Genius."
StyleList: What looks have you created for recent collections would translate well to the Oscar red carpet?
Orlando Pita: For Christian Dior Spring 2010, I did an updated Lauren Bacall look, a retro-Hollywood look, which always tends to pop up at the Oscars. I think Anne Hathaway would wear this look really well.
At Carolina Herrera's Spring 2010 show, the hair was upswept in the back in a loose twist, but what was great about that was I used a headband of beaded strands that had the same motion as the hair. The headband was inside the hair so the beads popped through the hair. I could see Meryl Streep in this kind of updo.
For Carolina Herrera's Fall 2010 show, I kept it very simple with a middle part and the hair hanging long, which I would love to see at the Oscars. I like it when the hair and the dress don't match--I like a bit of contrast. The Oscars are all about playing dress up, but you don't want to look too overdone.
Oscar de la Renta's Fall 2010 collection was inspired by socialites in the late '70s and early '80s. The hair was very layered, it was set with a curling iron and then brushed--very glamorous! An adapted version of that could work really well at the Oscars.
SL: What made you decide to do "Shear Genius?"
OP: I had never in a million years thought of being on a TV show, but the idea of being a mentor was really appealing to me. I'm always mentoring my team of hairdressers backstage at the shows and it's kind of the same thing I do on the show.
SL: What hair trends do you like for spring/summer every day wear?
OP: In the summer, hair has to be controlled a little bit, especially if somebody has frizzy hair or if their hair goes flat in the humidity. I like the half-up, half-down look--it helps control your hair and at the same time keeps it looking young and modern. We still keep seeing long hair as a trend at the shows, so it's not time to whack your hair off yet! There are a lot of different options for putting your hair up. You can either use an accessory or you can use your own hair and braid it into a cornrow in the front or do a little twist. It's also a great way to wear your hair if you're trying to grow your bangs out!
For more Orlando, catch him on "Shear Genius" every Wednesday at 10/9c on Bravo.