14 posts tagged "Vidal Sassoon"
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.
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]
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]
“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.”
With Vidal Sassoon: The Movie hitting theaters today, many an interview with the mane man are flooding the wire. We’ve already shared his story with you, but here’s another interesting tidbit from Vidal: When asked about celebrity hairstyles worthy of discussion, only two names come up: Victoria Beckham and “Tom Cruise’s wife,” a.k.a. Katie Holmes. Otherwise, the legendary hairstylist thinks most of Tinseltown looks like they are wearing “curtains. They have beautiful bones, and they hide them with their hair. It’s nuts.” Ladies, take note. [NYT]
Speaking of Mrs. Cruise, she and daughter Suri’s latest outing included a trip to Canada’s Holt-Renfrew department store, where the four-year-old tested out lipsticks on the back of her hand. A beauty editor in the making! [Daily Mail]
Want a beach bronze like Gisele Bündchen? The secret is not wearing sunscreen. “I cannot put this poison on my skin,” she says, referring to the primarily synthetic sunblocks available on the market. But the Brazilian bombshell is also super-responsible with her tanning: She only exposes herself to the sun before 8 a.m., when the sun—and the paparazzi—are at their weakest. [Vogue U.K.]
Rock star, rock star-wife, mother, successful designer—and now beauty spokeswoman. Gwen Stefani will join L’Oréal’s illustrious cast of brand ambassadors, which already includes J. Lo and Beyoncé. [People]
Authentic Brands Group LLC, in conjunction with NECA, a global media and entertainment company, has acquired the intellectual property of Marilyn Monroe LLC. What do all of those acronyms mean? That MM’s name and likeness can now be used in ads, films, etc. Her first big project? A new Christian Dior beauty campaign due out this year. Move over, Natalie. [WWD]
Wonder Woman—the animated cartoon character, not Lynda Carter—is also getting some beauty company face time, serving as the muse behind MAC’s latest super-powered collection. And get this: The 42-piece line includes a brush set with its own metallic utility belt. Ka-pow! [WWD]
We brought you news and footage of the epic Vidal Sassoon biopic due out next month when it premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival last year, and now the official trailer is yours for the viewing. See you at the movies. [Coco Perez]