MILLION DOLLAR MAN: Eyebrow guru and makeup entrepreneur Ramy Gafni is in the process of insuring his hands for $1 million. Lloyds of London, the London-based insurers of body parts, is handling the deal, which is expected to close in two weeks. When...
MILLION DOLLAR MAN: Eyebrow guru and makeup entrepreneur Ramy Gafni is in the process of insuring his hands for $1 million. Lloyds of London, the London-based insurers of body parts, is handling the deal, which is expected to close in two weeks. When asked why he is doing this, Gafni responded: "To protect my interest, [because] eyebrow shaping is why I am in demand." Gafni, who wields his tweezers at an East Side studio, as well as at Bergdorf Goodman’s beauty basement, said he’s tried training other people in the art of eyebrow shaping to keep his growing customer base satisfied, but to no success. "If I break my hand my business will suffer greatly," Gafni said.
MATRIX MOVES: Francesca Raminella has been appointed vice president, general manager, Matrix USA. Raminella will be responsible for the U.S., which was formerly handled by Philip Clouth, vice president, Matrix Worldwide. Most recently, Raminella served as vice president for Revlon’s European cosmetics marketing division. Prior to that, Raminella served as director of marketing for Revlon’s business in Italy.
Also in Matrix news, the brand sponsored the opening night party of Hairspray, the musical which opened last night at the Neil Simon Theatre in Manhattan. The party was held at Roseland and attracted the likes of the Hairspray cast, as well as a large number of celebrities fortunate enough to have landed opening night tickets. Naturally, goody bags, filled with four Matrix hairsprays, Biolage, Amplify, Vavoom and Sleek Look, were distributed to party attendees.
HELPING HANDS: The beauty industry is again proving that philanthropy is as important as the bottom line. The charity group PARSA, which stands for Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation in Support of Afghanistan, is poised to receive donations from hairstylists John Frieda and John Barrett when the two dedicate a portion of their sales next week to help raise money for Body & Soul, a beauty and wellness program in Afghanistan. The monies will be used to help build a beauty school and wellness center that provides training along with self esteem and business building programs. Frieda has agreed to donate 10 percent of sales from his seven salons worldwide; while Barrett will donate 5 percent of sales from his products sold on QVC, airing Tuesday, Aug. 20, at 1 a.m. EST and Wednesday, Aug. 21, 4 p.m. EST. Barrett and several of his employees will also donate 5 percent of next week’s salon services sales to the fund. Vogue magazine, which has dedicated $25,000 to PARSA’s beauty cause, has also served as a conduit to America’s leading beauty companies, who subsequently have taken an interest in donating money, products and manpower to ensure the center gets a healthy start.
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast