Port Jefferson salon owner enters fifth year styling at Hamptons Fashion Week


This Port Jefferson hair salon owner has been a key part of the Hamptons Fashion Week, which is now entering its fifth year.

Kristine Murillo, the owner of Fedora Lounge Boutique Hair Salon and Hair Replacement Studio at 404 Main St., holds one of the most important jobs at Fashion Week — she’s in charge of glamming up the runway models as the creative director of hair.

For the uninitiated, Hamptons Fashion Week is a three-day event on the East End that features renowned and local designers, stylists, influencers, celebrity guests, and makeup artists.

Murillo is a veteran when it comes to working on fashion shows.

The Babylon Village resident has worked on 14 shows during New York Fashion Week over the last decade, as well as several popular pageants, including Miss New York. She’s also worked on big productions in the TV and film world, such as NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” and WEtv’s “Bridezillas.”

When she received the call to be part of the first Hamptons Fashion Week in 2019 from her friend and event organizer, Dee Rivera, she knew she wanted to be part of it.

And the growth has been incredible ever since, she said.

“When I first started with Dee for Hamptons Fashion Week, it was a small production in a field with about 15 models,” said Murillo. “Since then, it has grown to include big-name designers and celebrities, with about 20 models per designer.”

This year’s event, scheduled for August 25-27, will be held at the Southampton Cultural Center and will feature nine designers. You can buy tickets and read about each designer here. A portion of ticket sales benefit Dress for Success Brookhaven, a nonprofit that empowers women’s through support, attire, and tools for work and life success.

“I am so proud of Dee and what she has accomplished, and I am also a proud to have my salon Fedora Salon sponsor the event,” said Murillo, who will once again be working Hamptons Fashion Week.

Top: Kristine Murillo, owner of Fedora Lounge Boutique Hair Salon and Hair Replacement Studio in Port Jefferson, at the 2021 Hamptons Fashion Week. (File photo/Ana Borruto)

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