KT Tunstall, Origins Team For Project Sunshine
NEW YORK — Scottish rocker KT Tunstall, who recently became a spokeswoman for feel-good beauty brand Origins Natural Resources, strutted into Macy’s Herald Square here Friday and signed CDs and posters for as many as 200 fans adjacent to the Origins counter.
After the personal appearance, which generated between $5,000 and $6,000 in sales for the day for Origins, a division of the Estée Lauder Cos., Tunstall made her way four blocks uptown to the headquarters of Project Sunshine, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children and families cope with serious illness. Proceeds from the Tunstall-Origins partnership have been earmarked for Project Sunshine, which claims to have reached 100,000 children through its 10,000 volunteers in the U.S., Canada and Kenya.
At the Project Sunshine offices, Tunstall met with media and Virgin Records executives during a private reception, taking some time off a U.S. tour that included gigs in Washington, New York, Boston and Burlington, Vt., last Thursday through Sunday.
When asked why she chose to work with Project Sunshine, Tunstall, 30, cited her parents, who were both stricken by cancer.
“I have firsthand experience,” she said. “It’s often more difficult for the people around a person with cancer.” She added, “There’s nothing more tragic than seeing a little kid in a hospital bed. I have a lot of respect for organizations that really understand that.”
In the U.S. alone, the eight-year-old organization’s volunteers are active in 28 hospitals, where licensed massage therapists provide aromatherapy treatments for visiting parents, using Origins products.
The program, called the Origins Oasis by Project Sunshine, is designed to provide some relief, and it allows parents a chance to leave the side of a hospital bed but still be close to their children, according to Project Sunshine executive director Amy Frome Saperstein.
“I’m a big believer in homeopathy and aromatherapy,” said Tunstall.
“Origins provides wellness to the customer and we provide wellness to the families we help,” said Project Sunshine founder Joseph Weilgus. “We have a very similar goal and mission around the world.”
— Matthew W. Evans
John Sahag Event Marks New Foundation
NEW YORK — Some of the most glamorous — and loyal — members of the beauty and entertainment worlds will gather tonight at 425 Madison Avenue to honor the late hairstylist John Sahag — and to shine a spotlight on the future of his hair emporium, the John Sahag Workshop.
The Sahag styling team, some of whom have been with the salon for 17 years, will mingle within the spacious hair cuttery and among loyal clients, beauty editors, celebrities and vendors in a group that is expected to reach nearly 200. The salon will feature blown-up images from Sahag’s 30-plus year career in hairstyling, from magazine covers to fashion shoots to runway images.
Among the evening’s most important topics is the launch of the John Sahag Foundation, which could potentially provide scholarships for those in the design and art fields. M. Katherine Dwyer, who has overseen the Sahag business since the stylist’s death from lung cancer in June 2005, said the purpose of the event is to publicize Sahag’s story.
“It has never been told. Very few people have seen what he’s done from the Seventies through to 2003,” when Sahag became sick, Dwyer said. “Imagination was his reality. He was someone who really lived it. It was his passion.”
Sahag is best known for pioneering the dry cut, a philosophy that is being carried out by those still at his salon. The tribute is being hosted by John Demsey, global president of the Estée Lauder and MAC Cosmetics brands; Vogue beauty director, Sarah Brown, and celebrities Holly Hunter and Angie Everheart. Rita Wilson, Julianne Moore and Martin Sheen also helped in the creation of the event, Dwyer said, but added they will not be attending as originally announced.
— Andrea Nagel