NotebookAugust 1, 2007 By: American Salon Staff American Salon
Blast from the Past
From hippies and Haight-Ashbury to rock stars and revolutionaries, the '60s saw dramatic changes take hold. The Sixties: Photographs by Robert Altman (Santa Monica Press, 2007) captures the tumultuous times in a collection of photographs and commentary by the Rolling Stone photojournalist, with an introduction by rock journalist Ben Fong-Torres. The book pays tribute to the iconic events, culture, musicians, writers and political figures that made the '60s one of the most influential decades of the 20th century. santamonicapress.com —S.B.
Pacifica Natural Soaps are now available in five fresh and exotic new scents: Moroccan Chamomile Apple, Tibetan Mountain Temple, Lavender Ylang Ylang, Vanilla Vera Cruz and Waikiki Pikake. Each bar of soap is carefully handmade using the brand's biodegradable, vegan and vegetable-glycerin soap base, as well as signature fragrance blends of natural oils and essences. pacificasoaps.com —C.W.
THE COCOA CURE
Gelée de Choc, from Payot Paris' Les Revitalisantes skincare line, combines cocoa and orange extracts with soy proteins to help combination or oily skin regain its healthy radiance. Payot Paris products are being introduced in Ritz-Carlton hotel spas nationwide in an exclusive menu of services, most recently at New York City's Battery Park location. payot.com —L.A.
The Doctor is In
Dr. Martens—the combat kicks that achieved cult status during the '80s punk-rock era—are making a comeback. A retooled version of the iconic footwear first resurfaced when designer Yohji Yamamoto debuted his fall/winter 2007 menswear collection in Paris and is now making its way to select retail outlets. The collection fuses a color palette of red, purple and black with Doc Martens' trademark yellow stitch, translucent sole and heel loop and Yamamoto's dark, tailored aesthetic, including his signature "YY" monogram leather with red lining. drmartens.com; yohjiyamamoto.co.jp —K.D.
WHAT'S IN A NAME?
In 1988, Alan Benfield Bush partnered with Jim Markham to create ABBA (Alan Benfield Bush Academy), a line of natural, vegan hair products. In the late '90s, the company was purchased by Styling Technologies, which changed the meaning to A Balance of Business and Art. Today's owners, Colomer USA, say the name ABBA has no real meaning, but the brand still maintains its mission of fusing science with nature to deliver high-quality products. —N.P.