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.”
Taking the final spot on the mens’ portion of New York Fashion Week calendar next month will be none other than @tomford. Though he’s shown his men’s wear in New York in the past, this will mark the first time the designer has shown his men’s collection alone during New York Fashion Week: Men’s. His runway show will debut on February 6 at the Park Avenue Armory. #wwdfashion
London-based couture house @ralphandrusso has certainly been in the spotlight, having its dresses worn by @beyonce, Angelina Jolie, Meghan Markle in her engagement photos and more. For couture, Tamara Ralph focused on ornamentation — think: feathers with chain mail, jet embroidery and clusters of pearls and crystals. See the rest of the collection on WWD.com #wwdfashion #couture (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
Minnie Mouse celebrated her 90th birthday by getting her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For her celebratory luncheon, @coach’s creative director @stuartvevers dressed her in a custom made prairie dress, complete with Vever’s take on the polka dot – black sequined versions – under a cropped motorcycle jacket. The designer also put his own mark on Minnie’s classic red shoes, infusing the color with sparkles and adding some Coach crystals. “We chose colors that were very Minnie and also represented quintessential Coach elements,” said Vevers. #wwdfashion #nationalpolkadotday (📷: George Chinsee)
@nickjonas is unveiling his first-ever apparel collection through a partnership with John Varvatos. The limited-edition capsule, which makes its debut in spring, also marks the first time the designer has collaborated with anyone on a line. “The process in working with Nick is amazing. It’s inspiring to be around someone who is not only connected with the trade that they do, but also with what’s happening in the environment around him, and how that connects to what we do with style,” said Varvatos. (RG: @johnvarvatos) #wwdfashion
@margotrobbie steps out onto the red carpet wearing @miumiu. The actress is nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” in “I, Tonya” at the #SagAwards. (📷: Stewart Cook) #wwdfashion
For @massimogiorgetti of @msgm, the Nineties are his favorite decade. “They had a huge impact on my personal growth. What I like of the Nineties is that they are not so precise in terms of style as other decades…there was actually a bit of everything,” he said. As seen on MSGM’s Spring 2018 show: tie-dye and a bit of grunge, two styles that are synonymous with the decade #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @kukukuba)