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.
In honor the @CFDA’s announcement of @iamnaomicampbell receiving the Fashion Icon Award at the 2018 #CFDAAwards, which will take place on June 4, here’s a #tbt of the supermodel on @michaelkors’ runway in 1991. #wwdfashion #wwdarchive (📷: George Chinsee)
“I was making the guacamole when my scout saw me,” says model @stuckinteenage on being discovered just six months ago while working at @chipotlemexicangrill. Since then Williams has signed with @dnamodels, walked in her first show at @calvinklein and landed on the cover of @vogueitalia – a high point of any model’s career. To read @lisajlockwood’s full interview with the model on her experiences thus far, head to WWD.com – link in bio. (📷: George Chinsee)
“I love the idea of dialogue, period. It’s where I’ve always gotten my inspiration from: hearing other women speak, their journeys and their paths,” said @hereisgina, who delivered the keynote speech during @sxsw for @createcultivate in partnership with @fossil. For her two panels, Rodriguez chose female empowering, female-led and female entrepreneurs to focus on. Head to WWD.com to read more about her thoughts on Time’s Up, growing up in a family of women and why we “need a girls’ club.” #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
Leading luxury brand are shaking things up to keep up with streetwear. Case in point: the arrival of @mrkimjones as artistic director of @diorhomme. Jones, who succeeds @Kris_Van_Assche, is seen as one of the handful of designers who can actually straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds — which could lead to even more changes at established brands. What could this mean for the rest of the menswear landscape? Head to WWD.com to find out what experts predict #wwdfashion (📷: @franckmura)
“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.