IT’S A NO-GO: Salon Selectives’ revival has stalled. Chicago-based Selective Beauty Brands, which bought the brand from Unilever last year and attempted to resuscitate it early this year, has entered into Illinois’ equivalent of receivership. According to Patrick Caracciolo, a principal at Wadsworth Whitestar Consultants, which is managing the sale of Selective Beauty’s assets, the company is dormant and has no employees. “SBB has made significant strides to relaunch the Salon Selectives brand. However, SBB was severely undercapitalized for their ambitious start,” Caracciolo wrote in a notice describing Selective Beauty’s predicament. The company accumulated liabilities totaling nearly $8.3 million and will be put up for auction on Sept. 22, he said. Selective Beauty had expected Salon Selectives to generate sales of $30 million to $40 million in the first year of the relaunch, and according to Caracciolo’s notice, more than 9,000 retail locations had committed to start selling Salon Selectives products this year. GO WEST: Sally Hershberger is putting down Los Angeles roots once again. The influential hairstylist, who got her start at famed Los Angeles salon Arthur Johns and brandished her credentials when her name prefixed the John Frieda Salon on Melrose Place, has opened a 3,000-square-foot salon on La Cienega Boulevard. The sleek penthouse salon is above interior designer Kelly Wearstler’s offices and across the street from hip steakhouse STK, another bicoastal enterprise. The salon has 26 chairs and is staffed by five colorists and 11 stylists. Architect Nicolo Bini helped Hershberger, who wanted to bring New York’s high energy to Los Angeles in the salon, with the design. CREATIVE DUO: At the Milly show Wednesday evening, hairstylist and co-founder of R Session Tools Kevin Ryan said he has teamed up with Manhattan beauty retailer Ricky’s NYC to create an updo kit, complete with a hair bun, sponges and pins. The kit, yet to be named, is slated to launch by the holiday season. Ricky’s NYC founder Ricky Kenig, who was on hand at the show, said he met Ryan after he purchased one of R Session’s heat-styling tools, and the two became fast friends. He credited Ryan with improving tools in the kit, noting that he found a mattress material to create a better hair bun, which Kenig then had manufactured in China. WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE: OloffBeauty made its backstage debut with its hair sponsorship of Joanna Mastroianni’s spring runway show. Barex Italiana and Louise O’Connor’s team from OC61 salon coordinated the hair look of the collection on Tuesday, which yielded highly textured and sculpted updos. Also making its debut was the formal launch of Umi Products’ professional hair care and styling line, which appeared at the Rubin Singer and Dolita Paris shows. Umi Products was founded by Umi Salon owner Jeffrey Dauksevich. CALM BEFORE THE STORM: The scene was surprisingly calm minutes before the Tracy Reese fashion show on Sunday. Makeup artist Mally Roncal created angelic complexions with just a hint of toughness around the eyes thanks to a brown top liner and black lower liner coupled with shiny lip products. All of the models’ nails sported a new color for Sally Hansen’s Tracy Reese collection called Tassel.
CYGALLE APPEARANCE: Cygalle Healing Spa, which was opened during the spring in the resort of Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic, set up shop backstage at Charlotte Ronson on Saturday morning to show off its organic face care line. The 40-item collection, which includes cleansers, toners, moisturizers, masks and serums, is priced from $16 to $67, and the products are formulated from plants and fruits that grow on the island. The spa, which was founded by Cygalle Dias, is also launching later this year a 25-item men’s line that will include pre-shave oil, shaving cream, aftershave and foot care products priced from $15 to $45.
HEATING UP: Redken repackaged its six-item line of heat-activated styling aids just in time for fashion week. Hairstylist Guido Palau, who created looks for Redken at the Marc Jacobs and Marc by Marc Jacobs shows this week, highlighted the new look items, which will be available in a reddish-pink color the firm calls “blush” starting in November. Redken also previewed backstage two new styling aids launching in November called Blown Away protective blow-dry gel and Iron Silk straightening spray, which will be priced at $15.95 and $14.95, respectively.
@moncler unveiled its latest project, #MonclerGenius, yesterday at Milan Fashion Week. The Italian outwear maker gave show-goers a preview of the monthly collections – which were created by eight designers and creative talents including Pierpaolo Piccioli, Simone Rocha, Craig Green and more – that will start rolling out in the summer.
In honor of Rihanna’s 30th birthday, we took a look back at an interview with the Barbados-native when she was just 18 years old. Here, she talked about her second album, “A Girl Like Me” in 2006. “I want to be me. I want people to fall in love with who Rihanna is, and that’s why I want the album to be about me so people can really find out who this girl Rihanna is, because they only know the ‘Pon de Replay’ girl.” Fast forward 12 years, and she’s released six more albums and has become a powerhouse in both the fashion and music industries. Happy birthday, @badgalriri 🎈(📷: Pavel Antonov) #wwdarchive