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.
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Dominique Maître)
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)