Before Enrico Mariotti became an international hairstylist, he was a traveller- and before he was a traveller, he was simply a man with hair always on his mind. A globetrotter with strong Italian roots, Enrico hails from a small village in the center of Italy. These very humble beginnings have shaped and marked his life. Moreover, Enrico the man comes first. His frenetic life may spin at warp speed but his origins have taught him not lose contact with reality and the things that really count in life- family and friends.
A citizen of the world, Enrico splits time between Milan and New York, making travel a serious if sometimes tiring necessity, and he spends a great part of his life in the stratosphere. If invited to dinner Enrico may show up with two bags of luggage: one full of tools from the set he just left, and another for the flight that he has to catch after dinner.
He finds inspiration from everything around him: museums, architecture, music- the sources are endless. He rarely calls upon a specific time period to reference for his inspiration, instead looking to everything from the Rennaissance to cutting edge technology. His biggest inspirations, however, are always the people he collaborates with every day.
Enrico has a love affair with art, which he uses as a way of identifying the woman (or women) he plans to create. A special devotee of Gustav Klimt, he regularly sources Klimt’s representation of women and choice of colors in his work.
Film is another defining element in his style, particularly the aesthetic of the cinema of the 60's and the 'divas' therein: fellow Italians Monica Vitti and Sofia Loren, the legendary French actress Sophie Marceau, or the great Marilyn Monroe, to name a few. Not to mention the directors of the time: Federico Fellini for his sense of humor and grand fantasy, De Sica for his sense of reality, and Kubric for his surrealist vision. Especially, though, Enrico is inspired by the modern aesthetic of the great Wong Kar-wai, director of “In the Mood for Love” and “2046”.
Laying roots in a salon during the early eighties in Milan made a transition to show work in the nineties a seamless one. Priding himself on his ability to translate a designer's vision, Enrico tries always to keep his feet on the ground and an eye towards the 'real' woman. He believes that beauty, like clothing, is a profound expression of individuality. Simply, Enrico admires anyone who is just themself. It is these people, precisely, who inspire him.
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