There is no stopping Michael Gordon, founder of Bumble and bumble, who wrote and co-produced Vidal Sassoon The Movie, in his quest to give beauty industry players the kudos he believes they deserve. “Watch any reality show, and the people who are hairdressers look like idiots. It’s a career that people still tend to look down on,” says Gordon.
One of the reasons he wanted to make the film (released in February) was to educate hairdressers—who are often unaware of the history of their industry, he says—about one of its greats. It was his first major project after selling Bumble and bumble to the Estée Lauder Cos. in 2000 and exiting the business six years later. “Vidal was the one person out there who has had the most impact on hairdressing. He changed the entire industry. You cannot be a hairdresser today and be separated from Vidal and his work,” says Gordon.
The film is only the beginning of Gordon’s mission to give a voice to players in the beauty industry. Gordon is currently at work on a new Web site, IfYouKnew.com, that will be a forum for content and dialogue about the industry. The name was inspired by Diana Vreeland’s legendary column for Harper’s Bazaar, “Why Don’t You?,” and he says he sees the new site as “a safe place; an outlet for like-minded people.”
“If you look at Vogue from 40 years ago, there were fascinating stories on figures in beauty. That doesn’t exist anymore. Vogue recently did a short feature on the stylist Julien d’Ys. He’s a genius! That story could have been five pages.”
The new site, Gordon says, will cover hair, makeup and beauty in an in-depth way, and will be similar in spirit to Nowness, the LVMH-backed trends and lifestyle site. He’s working on the content now—the site will feature short films of “interesting” people—and will soon hammer out the commercial end. IfYouKnew.com, which is funded entirely by Gordon, is set to launch next year. But it’s only taking up part of his time: Gordon says he’s also “leaning toward a concept” for a new line of products, but did not give any details. Retirement, clearly, was never really an option. “I miss hairdressing. Mostly, I miss the people.”
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye