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July 26 2014

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3 posts tagged "Mary Quant"

Lips And Tips, A Love Affair

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Nude nails made a comeback at the Fall shows and continued to dominate more outlandish, allout nail art experiments for Spring—with a few notable exceptions, that is. Missoni and McQueen got minxed and Sophy Robson etched individual hieroglyphics onto tips backstage at Topshop Unique, while Jin Soon christened the “slim silhouette” backstage at Prabal Gurung. But as the battle between neutral and next-level manicures raged on, we noticed another trend rearing its pretty polished head: matching lips and tips. Before Mary Quant started picking nail lacquers according to clothes rather than lipsticks in the 1960s (the British designer revolutionized more than just hem lines), it was all about corresponding pout and polish colors. Both Jason Wu and Donna Karan reprised the tradition with classic crimsons and deep burgundies at their shows in September—and makeup artist Maud Laceppe and manicurist Michina Koide have modernized it in the new issue of Numéro with an electric blue mouth and fingers lacquered in the same powdery shade. We’ve personally moved on from the-crazier-the-better varnishing acts, but we’re always plenty happy to give credit to creativity where credit is due. Would you do blue?

Photo: Sebastian Kim for Numero #129; Luca Cannonieri / GoRunway.com

Blasblog: Meeting The Man Who “Changed The World With A Pair Of Scissors”

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If the constant stream of flashbulbs going off in Chelsea and around Laight Street haven’t already tipped you off, the Tribeca Film Festival is well under way. One of the best pictures to premiere this weekend, in my humble opinion, was Vidal Sassoon: The Movie, a documentary from first-time director Craig Teper and producers Jackie Gilbert Bauer and Michael Gordon that takes a look at the man behind some of the most famous manes the world has ever known. Sassoon tended to the tresses of everyone who was anyone in London’s Swinging Sixties scene (Mary Quant, among them). You could call him the Mick Jagger of haircutting—at least that’s how Teper came to think of him after three years of filming. “It’s important to understand that Vidal changed everything about hair: how hair looked, how it was cut, how salons looked, how hairdressers looked, how products were sold,” he explained to me. “He freed women from having to go to the salon two or three times a week, and from sleeping in rollers and spending hours on their hair.” Or, as Gordon put it, “Vidal changed the world with a pair of scissors.”


Beyond following his impact on the hair industry, the movie explores the trials and tribulations of Sassoon the individual, a rags-to-riches story that takes him from an orphanage to an international empire—an accomplishment that he is most proud of, as he explained to me after a screening last week. “We started so small, on the third floor on Bond Street, and our way became an international way of doing hair. We opened academies and schools, and I had a wonderful team,” he said, referring to his expansion from London to as far away as Shanghai, where he still has a flourishing operation. I asked Mr. Sassoon if, looking back, there was one person he particularly enjoyed styling, and without hesitation he said “Mia Farrow”—and not just because giving her a pixie cut was front-page news. “She was such a delightful humanitarian and cared so much. And she has such wonderful cheekbones; you could do anything on her and it would look great.” Click above to watch the trailer.

Vidal Sassoon Gets a New Home

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You’re likely familiar with the name Vidal Sassoon—champion of the bob, creator of the “wedge,” not to mention personal stylist to Mary Quant, among other fashion and entertainment notables. If you’re less familiar with the brand’s Sassoon Salon in New York, that’s because it’s been tucked away on the second floor of Fifth Avenue’s Crown Building for the past decade. But starting today, Midtowners will become better acquainted with the landmark destination when it opens the doors of its new ground-floor digs around the corner at 7 W. 56th Street. Sassoon has hired Germany-based architects Frick und Frick to revamp its image with a series of minimalist, white-walled beauty havens that “whisper effortless sophistication.” In line with the Boston location’s reopening last month, the nearly 3,000-square-foot New York space features 25 styling stations, an open color bar where guests can witness the computerized formulation and subsequent hand-mixing of their customized dyes, lighting that has been designed to mimic natural daylight, and free Wi-Fi access—an amenity we think should be standard at all salons at this stage in the game. For more information or to book an appointment, call (212) 535-9200.

Photo: Courtesy of Vidal Sassoon