December 2010: People, Places and Lipsticks

Sally Hershberger travels to Dubai, Yves Saint Laurent makes moves into the Asian beauty market, and Robertet connects consumers with sustainable scents.

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Beauty Inc issue 12/10/2010

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Dear WWD Beauty Biz, Having never been to Dubai, I couldn’t wait to experience working in a different culture and traveling to another part of the world. I went with Negin Zand, genius colorist at my Los Angeles and New York salons, her assistant Cassandra Kaeding and one of my top stylists in New York, Mike Viggue, to work out of the JetSet salon in Dubai.

We decided to stay at The One&Only Royal Mirage because I wanted to be on the water. Even though we were staying at the beach, I didn’t actually see it for five days because we were so booked! At the resort, we loved The Roof Top at the Arabian Court for an evening drink. Here you unwind under the stars with stunning views of Dubai at night amid a sea of cushions and candles and vibrant 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. These women are so lovely and from all over the world. They are very sexy, ultrafeminine and have an amazing understanding of style. Because Europe and Asia are so close, these women travel frequently and are extremely cultured and sophisticated. Almost everyone wanted very soft, sexy long hair.

Since I was overly booked with clients during the week, I ended up extending my trip to cram in some must-dos. The desert safari on four-wheelers and camels was scary as hell but pretty incredible. Diane von Furstenberg opened a boutique while I was there, so I went to an event in her honor at the Burj Al Arab hotel. In Abu Dhabi we saw the Grand Mosque, which was staggeringly beautiful. We also went to the Emirates Palace Hotel and saw the blueprints of everything being built in the next couple of years, including Frank Gehry’s design for the Guggenheim and the Louvre by Jean Nouvel. Another highlight was going to the opening of the Formula One race. Cipriani had just opened at the Yas Yacht Club, so we bopped back and forth from the restaurant to the yacht to watch the race. I even met Prince Albert of Monaco and Richard Branson.

Everyone kept asking when I’d be back, so I have decided to work out of Dubai a few times a year 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 spawned countless imitators and achieved cult product status. According to the company, 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. Although it’s actually the seventh addition to the range, YSL deliberately skipped the number in the name lineup. Why? Because in China eight is considered a lucky number, and #8, an olive gold, was specifi cally created for the Asian market. Says Nathalie Duran, general manager of Yves Saint Laurent Beauté, “In China, the number eight is associated with good fortune and prosperity in life. In beauty, we believe good fortune is fabulous, radiant skin, so it seemed only appropriate that this specific shade be numbered eight.

At the Source

When Robertet set out to launch its new Seed to Scent program, the company went back to the farm, literally. Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Tarrytown, N.Y., to be exact, where Robertet’s Philippe and Christophe Maubert hosted an intimate luncheon with an eclectic group of fragrance leaders. Seed to Scent was created to connect consumers more closely with fragrance by creating sustainable scents that can be traced from the source to the final creation. “Consumers want more information about where and by whom their products come from,” said Christophe Maubert. “The idea is to honor nature and the people who bring this to life,” added Paul Austin of the Austin Advisory Group, who helped create the program. Attendees heard from Ted Ning of LOHAS and Michel Meneuvrier, a pioneer in organic farming, then got to experience the project firsthand with the unveiling of a collaboration between Robertet and hotelier Chris Blackwell, created using ingredients from his newly reopened Goldeneye property in Jamaica.

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