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Michael & Michael Salon is Doing Mohawks, Thorns This Season

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The Gold Coast Fashion Award Show took place under the glittering chandeliers of the Hilton Chicago's ballroom last Friday. For the sixth year in a row, Michael Jacobson of Michael & Michael Salon was backstage working his magic on the models' hair, and we got a backstage peek at the styles he was spritzing and combing into place with a team of 12 stylists.

"For the runway look, we created an elegant—but abashedly unrefined—mohawk-inspired upstyle," Jacobson said. The models' hair was loosely curled, then pulled back into rope braids which were gently tugged, deconstructed, and then shaped into "soft mohawk" designs. "The softness of the curls and loosening of the braids offset the otherwise severe mohawk shape, creating a sophisticated-but-still-fierce urban look," Jacobson explained. Want to look polished but edgy for your next night out? The salon's stylists will happily recreate the look; styling services start at $75.

There was also a portion of the show devoted to Thom Browne's Passion-play-inspired collection for fall. For this segment, Jacobson made use of the designer's thorny crowns to creepy-but-cool effect.

· The Gold Coast Fashion Award Show [Official Site]
· Michael & Michael Salon [Official Site]
· Thom Browne's Passion Play [New York Times]