Steve Martin once said in his movie, "L.A. Story," that Los Angeles is "A place of secrets...secret houses, lives, pleasures."
Well, Fred Segal Beauty in Santa Monica —a salon, retail store and day spa opened in 1992— is one of those "secret" addresses. For 15 years, it has enjoyed cult status among in-the-know locals as the beauty haven on the West Side. Now, it is getting some company.
In May, natural skin care spa Arcona Studio relocated from its Valley Village home near Studio City to a 2,600-square-foot space right across the street from Fred Segal Beauty.
"For a long time, so much of our [West Side] clientele has had to come to us," says Chanel Jenae, who joined Arcona in 1999 and has helmed the company with chief executive Kevin Anderson since its namesake, Arcona Devan, passed away in 2004. "We knew that we would find a good match here. We really love the energy and the openness to alternative movements [in Santa Monica]."
With a skin care philosophy based on natural actives sans petroleum-based compounds, Arcona's services include the $115 organic enzyme peel and an $85 signature facial contouring treatment.
Attracted by the area's low-key vibe, Byu-ti Hair Therapy owner Natasha Sunshine has chosen to open a 1,300- square-foot, 10-chair space on Wilshire Boulevard in Santa Monica. Cuts range from $75 to $200, but the highlight of a visit is a $75 custom-blended reparative treatment that begins with a base conditioner for rectifying overprocessed strands.
"[Customers] want an environment where they feel that someone cares about them; where at the same time, they can get great service," says Sunshine.
Later this year, the power hairdressing duo and Wella creative directors Christopher and Sonya Dove are putting their stamp on Santa Monica with a new 2,300-square-foot salon on Main Street. Attracted by the area's comparatively slow-paced lifestyle, the Doves plan to "bring Beverly Hills to Santa Monica" with an open color bar.
"We are not ritzy Beverly Hills hairdresser types. We haven't got any pretension to us," explains Christopher Dove. "We just want to treat all our clients like celebrities." And by the way, all of these salons and spas are just a block or two from the beach, so bring your suit.
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)