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.
“I grew up in New York but I hadn’t really experienced the city in any type of touristy way…This was probably the first museum I really explored and took the time to see,” said @haileybaldwin of the @whitneymuseum. On Tuesday night, Baldwin was joined by Jemima Kirke and more at the annual Whitney Museum Gala and Studio Party, which honored Lorna Simpson, Joanne Leonhardt Cassullo and Beth Rudin DeWoody. See more photos on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
Displayed starting this week at the @fashiontextilemuseum: An exhibition on designer @orlakiely titled “Orla Kiely: A Life in Pattern,” which spans two decades and contains more than 150 pieces. “I want people to come away loving pattern and print. It’s something that makes you feel so good,” said the designer during a preview of the exhibit. Also on show are mood boards, samples, sketches and more. Head to WWD.com to see more photos. #wwdfashion
Exclusive: @dsquared2 signs fragrance licensing agreement with Euroitalia, with the first effort of the new partnership being unveiled in September. The brand will launch two scents – one for men and one for women – in Italy. Read our interview with designer Dean and Dan Caten on WWD.com. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: @zefashioninsider)
@louisvuitton has officially renewed Nicolas Ghesquière’s contract as artistic director of women's collections. "I am very pleased to open the next chapter of the story I started with Louis Vuitton almost 5 years ago," said Ghesquière, who first signed on to design the French luxury brand's women's line in 2013. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
“I learned then and there that I had to figure out a way in life to maintain and preserve my sense of pride when I felt good about what I did or what I represented or created,” said @saintrecords on how being bullied for wearing capri pants inspired her to be the artist she is today. Knowles was at the 70th Parsons Benefit last night where she outbid the room for a Dapper Dan customized @gucci experience. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
“There’s this amazing braintrust of people who know the whole universe so well. So we talked to them and they gave us more input,” said actor Alden Ehrenreich on playing the young Han Solo in “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” The cast was at NYC’s SVA Theatre last night for an advanced screening of the film, which hits theaters this week. #wwdeye #starwars #hansolo (📷: @aurorarosedecrosta)
@asaprocky spent nearly two hours in a Plexiglas box Sunday night at @sothebys putting himself through a series of “tests” to demonstrate the process of completing his new album called “Testing.” Get all the details and see all the pictures on WWD.com. #wwdeye
“I’ve struggled my whole life to find a bathing suit that fits me that doesn’t look like a maternity bra. I’m proud of the line because it’s an accurate representation of me rather than me putting on someone else’s clothes,” says @atlantabean of her swimwear collaboration with @piaarrobio, LPA X ATL. The two decided on a swimwear collab and increased the industry standard size for the pieces. Read more about the line — and our interview with de Cadenet Taylor and Arrobio — on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Dan Doperalski)