WWD Postcard

Dear WWD Beauty Biz,Having never been to Dubai, Icouldn’t wait to experience workingin a different culture and traveling toanother part of the world. I went withNegin Zand, genius colorist at my LosAngeles and New York salons, her assistantCassandra Kaeding and one of my top stylists inNew York, Mike Viggue, to work out of the JetSetsalon in Dubai.

We decided to stay at The One&Only RoyalMirage because I wanted to be on the water. Eventhough we were staying at the beach, I didn’tactually see it for five days because we were sobooked! At the resort, we loved The Roof Top atthe Arabian Court for an evening drink. Here youunwind under the stars with stunning views of Dubaiat night amid a sea of cushions and candles andvibrant fabrics draped and tented all around you.

The days flew! From nine to five I did back-to-back appointments with Dubai's social set. Thesewomen are so lovely and from all over the world.They are very sexy, ultrafeminine and have anamazing understanding of style. Because Europeand Asia are so close, these women travel frequentlyand are extremely cultured and sophisticated.Almost everyone wanted very soft, sexy long hair.

Since I was overly booked with clients duringthe week, Iended upextendingmy tripto cramin somemust-dos.The desertsafari onfour-wheelers and camels was scary as hell butpretty incredible. Diane von Furstenberg openeda boutique while I was there, so I went to an eventin her honor at the Burj Al Arab hotel. In Abu Dhabiwe saw the Grand Mosque, which was staggeringlybeautiful. We also went to the Emirates Palace Hoteland saw the blueprints of everything being built inthe next couple of years, including Frank Gehry’sdesign for the Guggenheim and the Louvre by JeanNouvel. Another highlight was going to the openingof the Formula One race. Cipriani had just opened atthe Yas Yacht Club, so we bopped back and forth fromthe restaurant to the yacht to watch the race. I evenmet Prince Albert of Monaco and Richard Branson.

Everyone kept asking when I’d be back, so Ihave decided to work out of Dubai a few times ayear with Negin, and we’ll be back in 3 months!


Editor’s Note: Celebrity hairstylist Sally Hershberger and her team recently returned from a trip to Dubai.

Numbers Game

Since its launch in 1992, Yves Saint Laurent’s Touche Eclat has spawnedcountless imitators and achieved cult product status. According to thecompany, every 10 seconds one Touche Eclat is sold somewhere in the world.Look for a sales uptick in China with the recently added shade #8. Althoughit’s actually the seventh addition to the range, YSL deliberately skipped thenumber in the name lineup. Why? Because in China eight is considered alucky number, and #8, an olive gold, was specifi cally created for the Asianmarket. Says Nathalie Duran, general manager of Yves Saint LaurentBeauté, “In China, the number eight is associated with good fortuneand prosperity in life. In beauty, we believe good fortune is fabulous,radiant skin, so it seemed only appropriate that this specific shade benumbered eight.

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