NotebookJuly 1, 2007 By: American Salon Staff American Salon
Of the street's international brands, London's Lulu Guinness and Mulberry are the landmark accessories stores. Italy's Brunello Cucinelli merchandises the finest cashmere offerings for him and her. The U.K.'s Reiss brings together modern head-to-toe looks for men and women. Miguelina Gambaccini's first store presents colorful creations for women, and France's Bonpoint boasts the ultimate in newborn and toddler dressing.
For discerning diners, A.O.C. provides the classic French bistro experience, while the hip Waverly Inn is the newest see-and-be-seen dining destination, located just off Bleecker on Bank Street. Magnolia Bakery satisfies the sweet tooth—the cupcakes are a must, but be prepared to wait in line.
When it comes to services, Salima Optique stocks trendy eyewear. The Robert Kree Salon boasts a natural setting and outdoor garden with signature services. Spa Belles is the destination for body and skincare treatments and at Bond No. 9, the fragrance outpost from Laurice Rahme, you can even pick up a perfume named for the street itself.
When we learned that style icon Gwen Stefani launched a line of dolls wearing costumes from her last tour, we couldn't resist asking six of the industry's most influential stylists to work a little makeover magic on them. —MARIANNE DOUGHERTY
CREAM OF THE CROP
Mark Garrison gave this Gwen a shattered bob with a super-shiny finish.
The Institute of Courage's Michael O'Rourke added extensions and gave Gwen a new dress to boot.
The Music Man
John Heffner, CEO/President of Creative Nail Design, is a die-hard rock 'n' roll fan, who has more than 20,000 songs on his five iPods.
The first concert he ever saw was Styx. The year was 1977; the place was Boise, ID, his hometown. The first famous musician he ever met was Mark Lindsay, lead singer of the '60s pop band Paul Revere & the Raiders. "I met him when I was a kid. He was from Boise, too," says self-professed rock 'n' roll addict John Heffner, who fulfills his duties as CEO/President of Creative Nail Design when he's not attending concerts or hanging out with musicians. So does he remember his second star sighting? "Jackson Browne," he says without missing a beat. "I actually ran into him at an airport in Boise in the late '70s. He was a perfect gentleman." For anyone who knows Heffner, none of this is surprising. So far he's met more than 200 rock 'n' roll icons from Stevie Wonder to Sting just by going up to them and introducing himself. "I'm always very polite," he says.
With Paul McCartney at the Grammy Awards