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.
@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
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion
“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)