April 16 2014

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16 posts tagged "Vidal Sassoon"

Vidal Sassoon To Return To A Drugstore Aisle Near You


The word “legend” gets thrown a lot these days, but there isn’t really a better one to describe Vidal Sassoon. The sixties-era hair hero who trimmed and shaped Mary Quant, Peggy Moffity, and even one Grace Coddington, brought an architectural sensibility to the art of hairdressing and created such iconic styles as the five-point and the bob in the process. Sassoon set up an international system of salons and schools in the eighties as well as a commercial product line—the first of its kind for a professional stylist—which he ultimately sold to Proctor & Gamble (who discontinued it in 2002, much to Sassoon’s dismay). In the years since, a book and documentary film have been made about the extraordinary life of the East London orphanage-raised Israeli freedom fighter-turned-fashion success story before he passed away in May from leukemia.

But the Sassoon legacy lives on, both in the salon his daughter Eden just opened in L.A. in tribute to her late father—and the relaunch of his beloved haircare line, which hits drugstores this January. The new Vidal Sassoon Pro Series boasts five different collections as well as at-home color kits that truly live up to Vidal’s eighties-era motto, “If you don’t look good, we don’t look good.” The Color Collection features a Color Protect Shampoo and Conditioner, Conditioning Spray, and Gloss Crème; the Moisture Collection fights humidity and delivers balanced hydration via the Moisture Lock Shampoo and Conditioner and One-Minute Mask; the Repair Collection rehabilitates damaged strands with the Restoring Repair Shampoo and Conditioner, Heat Protect & Shine Spray, One Minute Mask, and Repair & Finish Spray; the Volume Collection pumps up languid locks with the Boost & Lift Shampoo and Conditioner, Hairspray, and Foaming Air Mousse; the Smooth Collection includes the Extreme Smooth Shampoo and Conditioner and Smooth Combing Crème; and the Styling & Finishing lineup has a Flexible and Extra Firm Hold Hairspray as well as an Extra Firm Hold Mousse and Mega Firm Hold Gel. Can’t wait until January? Limited quantities of the Color Collection will be available at starting tomorrow. Long live the original king of coif.

Photo: Courtesy of Vidal Sassoon

Like Father, Like Daughter: A Sassoon Story


For Eden Sassoon, daughter of Vidal, the art of good hair runs through her veins. “It just happens that health and beauty are what I know and who I am,” Sassoon says when discussing her first salon venture, admitting that there are plenty of lofty expectations that come along with branching out on her own. “How are you going to live up to that?” she asks rhetorically of the enduring legacy of her father, who passed away in May. But Sassoon’s intentions aren’t so much to eclipse her father’s unparalleled success as to pay tribute to it. “I realized there had to be a way to keep his name alive,” she said—least of all, for her kids.

Enter EDEN by Eden Sassoon, the just-opened Finishing Studio in West Hollywood that she conceived alongside Fred Segal Beauty’s Michael Baruch. The light-filled sanctuary brings a bit of Malibu Beach chic to Sunset Boulevard, complete with skylights, 12 service stations, a picnic table turned manicure space, and personal photos that lend the studio a warm, welcoming feeling. The idea was to set herself apart from the increasingly loud competition, says Sassoon—specifically Dry Bar, which is situated just across the street. And while EDEN offers similar no-fuss services—the requisite blow-dry menu, manicures, and makeup application are all available here—it puts quality and efficiency at a premium: You can indulge in all three services in just 65 minutes, for just $65. “We’re here to educate the new customer and reignite in others the original Sassoon that they fell in love with,” she says. “And because I’m a Sassoon, [this is] not a fad.” If they don’t look good, you don’t look good, as the old adage goes.

EDEN by Eden Sassoon, 8600 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. To schedule an appointment, call (310) 861-4660.

Photo: Courtesy of EDEN by Eden Sassoon

Vidal Sassoon, RIP


The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Vidal Sassoon has died at the age of 84. The famed hairdresser—whose indelible words, “If you don’t look good, we don’t look good,” helped sell millions of bottles of shampoos and conditioners in the eighties and nineties—passed away at his home on Mulholland Drive from natural causes, according to an LAPD spokesperson, despite murmurs that he had been suffering from leukemia since 2009.

It’s hard to condense the impact Sassoon had on modern hairdressing. Creator of the five-point, curator of London’s swinging sixties style, the man who gave Mia Farrow her pixie cut on the set of Rosemary’s Baby, and the subject of a 2010 documentary about his life, Sassoon was a visionary, an educator, and an entrepreneur. “He’s undisputedly the hero of hairdressing—and has a remarkable life story,” Bumble and Bumble founder Michael Gordon told us at the premiere of Vidal Sassoon The Movie last February, a film that he produced. “He was revolutionary,” Frédéric Fekkai added. “He made hair dressing modern, sleek, and brought a whole new attitude for women.”

We had the pleasure of interviewing Sassoon last year and at 83, he was still up for doling out a little coiffing advice. “It’s important that [hairdressers] have a point of view, that [their cuts] work with the clothes, and that [they're] remembered.” His will never be forgotten.

Photo: Max B. Miller/ Fotos International /Getty Images

Putting Your Money Where Your Mouth Is; Serge’s Scented Surge; And More…


As any beauty junkie is well aware, bold lips are back and still going strong—$92.1 million strong, to be exact. According to new market research, women’s love for lipstick can in fact be quantified—and it’s up 11 percent from last year’s numbers. [WWD]

In a sad bit of news, famed coiffeur Vidal Sassoon has gone public with the news that he has been battling leukemia for the past two years. [Daily Mail]

Serge Gainsbourg has emerged as a somewhat unlikely fragrance muse, as the houses of Dior and Guerlain have both chosen the scandalous chanteur’s smoky voice as the backing tracks for new commercials for Miss Dior and Shalimar, respectively. [Telegraph]

While you’ve presumably already seen the Dakota Fanning-fronted ads for Marc Jacobs’ forthcoming Oh, Lola! perfume, Jacobs’ licensing company, Coty Prestige, officially confirmed Ms. Fanning as the new face of the brand—and subsequently released her Juergen Teller-shot campaign—earlier this past weekend. [People]

Photo: Courtesy of Coty Prestige

Vidal Sassoon The Movie Premiere


“I’m feeling a little shy and humble. You go to premieres, but it’s usually someone else’s,” a dapper Vidal Sassoon quipped last night at MoMA, where the Craig Tepper-directed documentary of his life was screening for the first time. It was a fitting location for the film’s debut, considering the 83-year-old’s own penchant for collecting—”we have some Arp, Calder; Anish Kapoor is a friend,” Sassoon’s third wife, Ronnie, pointed out as she proudly clung to her husband’s arm while a collection of models, fashion insiders, and hair industry luminaries filed into the theater. “I was inspired by him for my Fall ’09 collection,” a glowing Rachel Roy told us of the uniformly cut black bobbed wigs she used that season, which most of the style set thought she’d ripped off of Stefano Pilati’s Fall 2008 YSL show. “Everyone thought it was from someone else’s collection, but it was from him”—a testament to the Sassoon legacy that lives on a good 50 years after the celebrity stylist rocked the hairdressing establishment with geometric cuts that defined the swinging sixties and all of its major players. “I liked the Nancy Kwan and the Five Point—I liked them all,” Bumble and Bumble founder and Vidal Sassoon The Movie producer Michael Gordon said of his favorite Vidal styles. “A good haircut shows the face and shows bravery. Just look what happened to Emma Watson,” Gordon said, calling out fellow Vidal Sassoon acolyte and super-stylist Rodney Cutler’s pixie cut, which skyrocketed the Harry Potter star straight out of Hogwarts and into the Hollywood spotlight.

The film itself is a straightforward trip through the life of the coiffing star—from his youth, which was spent in an East London orphanage, through his gradual takeover of the international hair scene. “He was revolutionary,” Frédéric Fekkai reiterated of Sassoon. “He made hair dressing modern, sleek, and brought a whole new attitude for women.” As for backstage coiffing tips, Sassoon had a few to share. “It’s important that the hairdresser has a point of view, that it works with the clothes, and that it’s remembered.”

Photo: Ben Hider / Getty Images