OSCAR'S LEADING LADY
Katherine Heigl may not have been up for an Oscar this year, but she rocked the red carpet, thanks to her personal hairstylist Sean Flanigan, who used Joico JoiGel Medium Styling Lotion and Design Collection Spray Dry Wax, Gloss Wax and Humidity Blocker—hey, it was raining that night—to give her a sense of old Hollywood glamour. —M.D.
Love Thy Curls
Editorial and celebrity stylist Anthony Dickey has introduced a line of cleansers, conditioners and styling aids called Hair Rules that are specially formulated for kinky, curly and wavy hair. Dickey, who styles such curly-haired celebrities as Minnie Driver, Kelis and Sarah Jessica Parker, says that he was inspired to create the line because so many haircare products on the market are too drying for textured hair, which is prone to being dehydrated, brittle and frizzy. Designed for wash-and-wear results, the paraben-free, ultrahydrating products contain a combination of moisturizers, strengtheners and shine-enhancing ingredients. hairrules.com —L.A.
Pyor soy wax candles from the environmentally conscious company KLABIN DESIGN look lovely even when they're not lit. But with the warm, unmistakable scents of Frasier Fir, Moroccan Spice, Vanilla Bean and Cinnamon Spice to choose from, we guarantee that you'll want to keep these candles burning day in and day out. klabindesign.com —C.W.
It's well-known that sunscreen should be worn daily to protect against skin cancer and the sun's harmful UV rays, but it's easy to forget to reapply when you're having a good time. Thankfully, the Wallaroo Hat Company has a line of flattering and functional toppers that block almost 98 percent of the sun's rays. Versatile and comfortable, they're also a fashionable way to protect sensitive skin after a cosmetic procedure. Each hat has been fitted with a drawstring so that one size fits most everyone. wallaroohats.com —C.W.
The Zelda from Gamma & Bross is both a styling chair and a work of art. beautydesign.com
Tracey Cunningham, Redken's creative consultant for color, has the 411 when it comes to this season's must-have haircolor trends straight from the runway, and from her A-list clientele. "We're making a transition from highlights and focusing on more rich, classic haircolor," Cunningham says. "Clients such as Renée Zellweger, Jennifer Lopez, Amanda Peet and Cameron Diaz are requesting deep reds, sophisticated browns and authentic warm blond shades for spring." —M.D.
Want to win a day with ANGUS MITCHELL, whose father Paul Mitchell co-founded the namesake beauty company more than 25 years ago? Visit the hip, new site behindthebottle.com for a chance to win the top prize: in-salon education featuring on-trend cut, color and styling techniques. You'll also be entered to win a sample of Super Skinny Relaxing Balm, the latest product debut from Paul Mitchell. —K.D.
STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA
Celebrity stylist Laurentius Purnama just opened an eponymous salon in the historical Italian Market district of Philadelphia. The salon's sleek, minimalist Japanese design was created by Purnama himself, and furnishings include the Fluid Generation line of shampoo bowls and chairs designed by Anton Kobrinetz for Gamma & Bross. On the first floor, three stylists will create works of art under vintage European sputnik lighting. —M.D.
Win Sweeney Todd on DVD
We're giving away 10 copies of SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET
on DVD. The film stars Academy Award-nominee Johnny Depp as the murderous barber out for revenge. To enter to win, visit
. But hurry! The contest ends April 30.
ISO's i.Design team recently released Archetype, a collection of classically inspired designs.
WHAT'S ON YOUR IPOD?
We asked Joico/ISO guest artist Ben Mollin, the inked-and-pierced Shear Genius finalist, what he's been listening to.
"Sabotage" by the Beastie Boys. "It's just one of those tunes that I never get tired of."
"Winter's Wolves" by The Sword. "These four guys from Austin, Texas, remind me of Black Sabbath. They definitely rock."
NOT A PROBLEM
Repêchage just launched Hydra Medic, a treatment line for acne-prone skin that takes a holistic approach to combating acne from the inside out. A blend of green, white and yellow tea, as well as African red tea, it soothes the skin and provides antioxidant benefits. There's also a Hydra Medic Acne Facial Treatment with a mask for in-salon use. repechage.com
Get Your Chocolate On
Hairstylists are trendsetters, so here's a little something worth turning your clients on to: SWEETRIOT chocolate-covered cacao beans, or "nibs" as they're called. These tiny, tasty treats are available in three varieties, flavors 50, 65 and 70 according to percentage of dark chocolate, and packaged in reusable tins designed by emerging artists. Each tin contains only 140 calories and loads of antioxidants. Stash one in your purse for a quick, anytime chocolate fix. sweetriot.com —C.W.
See the Light
Tired-looking eyes get a boost from the new Eye Lift cream from Plantogen, the last release in their anti-aging, hydroquinone-free, skin-brightening product line. The cream is formulated with vitamin C-rich Australian kakadu plum, anti-inflammatory and skin-brightening licorice root and gama amino butyric acid, which is naturally produced in the body and helps produce a smoothing, anti-wrinkle effect on the skin. plantogen.com —L.A.
Your Vote Counts!
TIGI wants to know: Who does it better—Brunette Goddesses or Dumb Blondes? Visit tigihaircare.com and cast your vote today. The winner will get $1,000 worth of Bed Head products. It's just TIGI's way of drumming up interest in two of its newest products: Brunette Goddess Shine Spray and Dumb Blonde Smoothing Stuff. Hurry, voting ends May 31. —M.D.
Have Iron, Will Travel
For those who can't bear to be without a flat iron, the Metropolis Mini Wireless Iron might be the best thing to come along since ceramic plates. At just over 7-inches long, the compact, portable iron comes with a thermal travel pouch and a transcontinental travel adapter, but it doesn't skimp on technology, boasting tourmaline ceramic plates and infrared and ionic heat. The neatest feature, however, is that it's wireless. When fully charged, it can run for 45 minutes on its battery. metropolistechnology.com —C.W.
Runway to Real Life
Redken's new products give stylists the tools they need to recreate this season's runway trends—it's all about disheveled, textured and matte hair. Rough Clay 20 matte texturizer lets you get the looks seen at Balenciaga, Prada and Marc Jacobs, while Elastic Works 09 waving gel allows for movement and moldability, making it simple for stylists to achieve tousled curls with a relaxed texture. redken.com
Tom Julian, senior vice president and director of trends for ad agency McCann Erickson, was in Los Angeles for the 80
Annual Academy Awards.
Looking at all of the red-carpet themed windows along Rodeo Drive and the array of TV crews shooting segments on the famed street and inside its designer shops, there was no mistaking it was Oscar season in February. What has morphed into a full week of endless events and soirees, especially over the last five years, was somewhat dampened this year, however, by the writer's strike in Hollywood.
Nevertheless, branding campaigns were still visible in many publications, with companies attempting to connect with the Oscar-viewing consumer. A few campaigns worth noting? Bulgari created a lustrous ad to wrap the cover of Daily Variety; Dove rolled out an interactive campaign that allowed consumers to vote for its next ad during an Oscar commercial broadcast; and Jell-O created a sweepstakes around a "Red Carpet Here I Come" theme.
There were also a number of global luxury labels that courted Oscar-goers in true red-carpet fashion. The Diamond Information Center assembled five individualized evening looks matching one-of-a-kind gowns with jewels. Rodarte, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Jovovich-Hawk and Project Alabama were presented alongside Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier, Camilla Dietz Bergeron, Munnu/The Gem Palace and Neil Lane. For several evenings leading up to the Oscars, the Diamond Information Center and the designers used the Chateau Marmont as a private celebrity destination.
Meanwhile, Daniel Swarovski took over Palihouse, the new boutique "urban lodge" for the creative crowd, where they presented a limited-edition collection of handbags and evening accessories. At Saks Fifth Avenue's Unforgettable Evening event, charity took center stage, with the Entertainment Industry Foundation's Cancer Research Fund honoring Oscar-winner Hilary Swank. John Galliano for Dior and jewelry designer Mouawad also got into the giving spirit, designing a custom red gown and jewelry for Heidi Klum, which will be auctioned to raise awareness of heart disease in women.
Suite Destinations this year included TMG's Red Carpet Ready Luxury Suite at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, with hairstyling by PureOlogy, teeth whitening by Opalescence and 24-karat gold French manicures by Fleur's Artiste de Bonheur; The Silver Spoon Hollywood Buffet at The Kress offered skincare products from Adorage and diamond jewelry by Catherine Jones; and the SHM Oscar Suite at the Luxe Hotel Rodeo Drive treated guests to Intraceuticals Oxygen Infusion facials.