2 posts tagged "Amika"
Designing wardrobe staples that also happen to be interesting is no easy feat. In fact, many would say that it’s an art mastered by a select few. Chilean-born, New York–based designer Maria Cornejo is certainly among them. Cornejo worked as a creative consultant for big-time retailers like Joseph and Jigsaw, and was one half of the design partnership Richmond Cornejo, before branching out to craft her eponymous line in the late nineties. A collection of fluid architectural silhouettes, many of them cut and draped from a solitary piece of fabric, is progressive minimalism at its very finest, and her singular aesthetic has earned her discerning devotees like Christy Turlington, Tilda Swinton, and even First Lady Michelle Obama. Nowadays Cornejo, who has freestanding stores in New York and L.A. and a lengthy list of retailers around the globe, calls Brooklyn home, where she lives with her husband, photographer Mark Borthwick, and their two children. Here, she divulges some of her favorite local spots and splurges.
Solitary Scent: Escentric Molecules 01
“I first smelled this on Tim Blanks. On men or women, it’s pretty irresistible. Even my animals love it! I think it becomes about the wearer, which is important for any fragrance.”
Available at www.luckyscent.com.
The Essential Oil: Amika Obliphica Hair Treatment
“I have very thick hair and this product tames it down and makes it glossy.”
Available at www.birchbox.com.
The Makeup Guru: Dick Page
“Dick is a close friend and an amazing artist. We’ve been working together for years now, and I love collaborating with him. He always brings something fresh to the makeup. He also knows all my music references because we are the same age!”
The Wonderful Workout: Re:Ab Pilates
“I couldn’t avoid it for any longer because it’s right down the hallway from my studio. Instead of taking a lunch I usually run into Re:Ab for 45 minutes to take a class once a week. I also love the YMCA on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn. There are lots of locals of all sorts (moms, dads, kids), and I really like to do the beginner’s yoga class, a.k.a. the ‘granny class’!”
For more information, visit www.reabnyc.com.
At Fred Segal’s in-house beauty emporium, which is in the midst of rebranding itself from Studio Beautymix to New Beauty, the shelves are lined with all manner of shampoos, scalp treatments, serums, and hair boosters. On a recent visit, though, we noticed that one line in particular—Amika’s Obliphica Hair Care—seemed slightly more popular than others. The story behind the eight-piece collection is a bit reminiscent of Ojon or Moroccan Oil: It’s made with Argan along with a rare ingredient, Obliphica or sea buckthorn berry oil, that’s loaded with antioxidants and has been used as an ancient remedy to revive dull, dry hair in remote regions (in this case, Russia) for centuries. The key difference with Obliphica is that most of the products are silicone-free, which allows the nourishing extracts to absorb more readily into the hair cuticle and repair damage without any chemical interference. The hot sellers in the range, which arrived about a month ago, include the Obliphica Pure Oil, an intense wet or dry conditioner that tames frizz, adds a ton of shine and is further enhanced by omega 7 and vitamin C, and the Obliphica Shampoo that’s topped off with fatty acids and proteins and does the impossible task of infusing hair with softness and volume at the same time. Last we checked, Fred Segal’s next shipment is due in about a week but for East coasters and others in need of a more immediate fix, a little online sleuthing revealed that the brand is also stocked at Beauty.com—for now, that is.