3 posts tagged "Michelle Ochs"
When one thinks of Murray Hill, an East Side neighborhood in Manhattan that extends from 34th to 40th Streets, the word hip isn’t exactly the first thing that comes to mind. Kim Vu, owner of Bristle + Crème—a recently opened full-service salon on Third Avenue that offers everything from cuts to color to facials—set out to change all that (alongside Comme des Garçons, which moved in just an avenue and block over). Her story doesn’t begin in beauty; instead, Vu started out in an industry that couldn’t be more different: finance. As an investment banking consultant, she knows a thing or two about building a business, but as far as wielding a curling iron or providing a bikini wax, she leaves that to the pros who fill the new, two-story space. “I let my creative people be as creative as they want to be,” she said.
There are some things, however, that bridge the gap between bankers and those with a more bohemian spirit—such as artisanal coffee, music, art, and spa treatments. And Bristle + Crème has all of them. “I never felt comfortable in a salon; I wanted a place to hang out,” Vu explained. By day, hairstylists share the main floor with baristas, but by night, it easily transforms into a gallery, dance floor, or concert hall where champagne and wine are free-flowing. The canvases that hang on the walls come courtesy of emerging local artists and rotate every three months. Deejays and bands are invited once a month to spin/play after hours, and there’s even talk of having silent theater on the second level. It may seem like a hodgepodge of haircare, caffeine, and creativity, but a melting pot that brings fashion types (like her close friends Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs of Cushnie et Ochs) and buttoned-up business execs together is exactly what Vu had in mind. “That’s NYC, right?” she quipped. Right.
416 Third Avenue, New York, NY, (212) 685-9475; bristleandcreme.com.
When Lauren Remington Platt stopped by the Style.com offices to update me on Vênsette—a website that offers door-to-door hair and makeup services in 90 minutes or less by pros Platt screens herself—I wish she had brought along a member of her team. With two evening events on my plate and zero time, my game plan was to run a brush through my hair, apply lipstick in the cab, and call it a night out. So goes my typical routine—and that of millions of other women in New York. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that her business has taken off—an app is in the works and the principal engineer of Gilt Groupe was recently brought on board to completely redesign the site. And starting Monday, you’ll find photo diaries from some of the brand’s high-profile clients (including Harley Viera Newton, Linda Fargo, Carolyn Murphy, Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs of Cushnie Et Ochs, among others) that document them getting ready for the slew of seasonal parties that fill their iCals this time of year. Whether you’re seeking inspiration to DIY your own holiday look (or need to find a reason to hire someone to create it for you), Vênsette provides.
Between the nonstop shows, the potential for inclement weather, and a party schedule that can make you tired just looking at it, fashion week is an incredibly grueling seven days—no matter who you are. From makeup artists and designers to front-row regulars and street-style hopefuls, everyone needs a little pick-me-up when the Fall collections descend upon New York. Here, ten of our favorite insiders open up their makeup bags to reveal the beauty essentials that help brighten up even the darkest moments.