To Americans, Ole Henriksen is the cheerful namesake of a skin care brand and Hollywood spa that’s been a celebrity haunt for over three decades. But to Danes, Henriksen is a successful countryman from the tiny village of Nibe and a lifestyle guru nicknamed “The World’s Happiest Man.” He’s also a TV star, with a top-rated series called “Ole Henriksen’s Hollywood” on Denmark’s TV 2. The first season, which aired last fall, saw Henriksen giving tips to distinguished Danes such as soccer player Stig Tøfting, actor Peter Gantzler and defense minister Søren Gade. In season two, taped in Los Angeles this spring, Danes will watch Henriksen work his magic on average folk. Here, he dishes on the good life.
What business advice do you give your audience? You always have to have a good sense of money and be smart in your management of money. Spend only what you have and not what you don’t have. Make yourself available and praise people’s work when they do great work. Being a control freak doesn’t get you anywhere.
You’re tabloid fodder in Denmark. Have you had outlandish stories written about you? I actually had a retraction printed. It was [about] a screaming match with Ellen DeGeneres in my reception area. Ellen just laughed about the whole thing. I have never in my entire career had a fight with a single celebrity client.
You recommend that men do 300 push-ups a day. Why? Sylvester Stallone, my client in the past, inspired me. I began emulating his techniques. When you’re in a hotel room, you can always do push-ups. You can do them anywhere. For women, it’s not something to put emphasis on, but for us men, it’s important. I’m not exactly the meatiest thing, but I am a feisty little thing.
How has your business changed? I see myself as a lifestyle guru. I’m not perfect, that is the beauty of it, and I need help like anyone else, but wellness covers the whole spectrum. It isn’t just putting an Ole Henriksen product on your face. It’s feeling good about yourself, liking yourself. Don’t be hard on yourself. Take pride in who you are.
Are you the happiest man in the world? I’m a very happy and a very grateful person in my daily life. I would never give myself an award for being the happiest, but I will say I am a very happy man. I have a very childlike spirit. Even as a mature man, it keeps me adventurous.
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
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“I’m Russian and I love to use all these little tricks that I got from my grandma or my mom. We didn’t have a lot of money for creams or anything like that so we would use a garden as a beauty treatment regime. We’d put cucumber in the fridge and do a cucumber mask,” says model @irinashayk on one of her beauty hacks. WWD asked celebs what their go-to self-care rituals are. See what Naomie Harris, Freida Pinto and more said on WWD.com. #wwdeye #wwdbeauty (📷: @zefashioninsider)
Exclusive: @viktorandrolf are teaming up with @Zalando on a collection made from leftover clothing. The lineup, which lands at the retailer February 1, includes 17 pieces adorned with sliced up and repurposed overstock from the retailer’s private label collection. Pictured here is a look from the collection –– see more on WWD.com. #wwdfashion #wwdnews
@duewestnyc is the newest bar joining the collection of intimate neighborhood-focused spaces in the West Village. The cocktail menu, which includes bitters and syrups made in-house, offers a “Build Your Own Old-Fashioned” – like the one pictured here – where guests can choose from a list of spirits and unexpected sugars and bitters. #wwdeye
Spotted at last night’s National Board of Review gala in NYC: Angelina Jolie. Jolie – along with Meryl Streep, @lupitanyongo and more – continued the all-black dress code from Sunday’s Golden Globes. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)