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Behind the Scenes: Fall 2013 NYFW with Philippe

Posted By Urban Retreat / March, 4, 2013 / Comments comments
Our own Philippe at the Fall 2013 Catherine Malandrino presentation in New York City. The sleek look was inspired by Normandy, France.

Our own stylist Philippe at the Fall 2013 Catherine Malandrino presentation in New York City. The sleek look was inspired by Normandy, France.

Philippe Licausi, one of our hair stylists here at Urban Retreat, was part of the René Furterer team at Fall 2013 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City. If you follow us on our Facebook page, you may have seen some behind-the-scenes photos with Philippe popping up already. We sat down with Philippe to find out more about his personal story, his favorite dish to cook and all of his favorite trends and products. We made sure to get plenty of inside information about Fall 2013 to share exclusively with you! And don’t worry, since we know fall is a long way off we made sure to ask Philippe what his favorite trend for spring is, too. Read our interview to get the scoop!

Where are you originally from?

Philippe: I’m from France. Toulouse, in the southwest, close to Bordeaux where the wine comes from. I miss the food, the chocolate. I miss my friends and my family a lot, but I don’t miss France really. I lived there all my life, so I don’t miss it so much. I like to live here. But so many people want to go to live in France.

What do you like the most about living in Houston?

Philippe: People and the weather. The people are really nice, fashionable, trendy, fun, sweet.

Philippe next to Catherine Malandrino's Fall 2013 beauty inspiration board at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Philippe worked with Didier Malige as part of the René Futerer team.

Philippe next to Catherine Malandrino’s Fall 2013 beauty inspiration board. Philippe worked with Didier Malige as part of the René Futerer team.

We hear you recently went to Fall 2013 Fashion week! Congratulations! Can you tell us more?

Philippe: We had a meeting Saturday night in New York City, I worked on Sunday and I worked on Monday, and I flew back to Houston Tuesday morning. I want to go back in September!

Behind the scenes at Reem Acra's Fall 2013 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week show. Philippe is in the upper-left corner, working on creating a beautiful Japanese-inspired bun.

Behind the scenes at the Fall 2013 Reem Acra show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Philippe is in the upper-left corner, working on creating a beautiful Japanese-inspired bun. Photo: René Furterer USA Facebook page.

What designers did you work with?

Philippe: It was Catherine Malandrino and Reem Acra. With Reem Acra it was more of a Japanese inspiration. Catherine Malandrino was easy because she was speaking French! So it was easier.

Philippe working as part of the René Futerer team at Catherine Malandrino's Fall 2013 presentation at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City.

Philippe working as part of the René Futerer team at the Fall 2013 Catherine Malandrino presentation at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City. The classy hair look was sleek, straight and center-parted. Photo: Catherine Malandrino Facebook page.

What was the inspiration behind the look for Fall 2013?

Philippe: So, you will see that for Catherine Malandrino the hair was like a deep part, sleek, straight. And Reem Acra is more like a bun, wet with a lot of gel. Didier Malige was the director. He is a French hair stylist; he worked for Vogue. The inspiration for Catherine Malandrino was Normandy, the region in France.

The inspiration board at Catherine Malandrino's Fall 2013 fashion week show.

The Fall 2013 Catherine Malandrino inspiration board for her fashion week show.

What’s your favorite product at Urban Retreat to recommend to clients?

Philippe: René Furterer Volumea and René Furterer Fioravanti. We worked with one at Fashion week and the other is the one I loved the most; I used it before.

Philippe highly recommends these two products: René Futerer's Volumea and René Futerer's Fioravanti.

Philippe highly recommends these two products, available at Urban Retreat: René Futerer’s Volumea and René Futerer’s Fioravanti. They’re his must-haves for sleek hair in Fall 2013.

How will we be wearing our hair for Fall 2013?

Philippe: Straight hair. Strait, deep part down the middle and straight. To get the straight hair you need the René Futerer Volumea.

Philippe hard at work creating sleek, straight hair for Catherine Malandrino's Fall 2013 show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City.

Philippe hard at work creating sleek, straight hair for Catherine Malandrino’s Fall 2013 show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City.

What do you think the trend is coming up in Fashion for Fall 2013?

Philippe:  We were working, so we didn’t see many clothes! We didn’t have time to check them out. There was a beautiful leather coat at Catherine Malandrino. In interior design, too, there is a different kind of leather. The leather looks like alligator, you have different kinds of leather, in color too.

There was one other coat I loved; it was fur… The model looked like a Yeti and I loved it. This is the only thing I saw; after that I was focused on the hair so clothes I didn’t check at all.

Philippe putting the finishing touches on a model's hair at the Catherine Malandrino Fall 2013 presentation.

Philippe putting the finishing touches on a model’s hair at the Catherine Malandrino Fall 2013 presentation.

Did you come home with any souvenirs from New York City?

Philippe: I shopped for chocolate at Barney’s. The box is so beautiful. It’s a French chocolate from the 18th century. It was a favorite of Marie Antoinette. So it’s chocolate with a little bit of orange blossom. This is so good! But it’s super expensive.

I went to Ladurée, as well. The line was inside and outside! The line was almost one block. So inside it was packed already and outside it was one block. It was freezing, but it was beautiful! The weather was really beautiful. The sky was blue.

Philippe working at Catherine Malandrino

Philippe working on smoothing out a model’s hair at Catherine Malandrino’s Fall 2013 Mercedes-Benz Fashion week presentation.

What is your biggest hair inspiration?

Philippe: Oh, I love Vidal Sassoon. Vidal Sassoon first: this is the one I love.

What drew you to working as a hair stylist? What made you love the job?

Philippe: Since I was a kid. I would do my relatives hair growing up; it’s just a passion. I have two passions: cutting hair and cooking.

What is your favorite dish to cook?

Philippe: I love to cook. My favorite dish is chocolate soufflé or cheese soufflé with truffles.

What about Spring 2013? What trends do you love right now?

Philippe: Bangs. Kind of fringy, not too straight, more fringy and soft and piecey. It can be to the side or middle.

The Rodeo is happening right now. What is appropriate cowgirl hair under those hats? How can we avoid a hat-hair crisis?

Philippe: Usually it’s a big braid on the side. One braid or ponytail. A ponytail or a braid; one or two at the same time.

What is the biggest mistake you see people make with their hair?

Philippe: Not really anything; in France there are a lot of mistakes with hair because women don’t do their hair like they do here. In France you see more people with greasy hair, just terrible. But here? Not really; a bad hair day here? I don’t see so many, because everybody washes their hair every day and they blow-dry their hair. But in France it’s greasy. I don’t see anyone with bad hair here, really. In Houston, never; in New York, maybe.

What are your hobbies?

Philippe: Oh, travel. Travel, cooking and going to the gym.

Where’s your favorite place you’ve been?

Philippe: My dream vacation is Malaysia, Seychelles and St. Barts. I love Malaysia, I would love to go back to Malaysia. And Saint Barts. I love Puerto Rico. The food is very good, the people are very nice, the water is beautiful.

In Saint Barts, we stayed at Hotel Saint-Barth Isle de France. In each room you see the cove. It’s beautiful.

What do you think makes the style in Houston unique?

Philippe: The people here are international people, they travel a lot to France. There is a mix; it’s a more international look than Texan. Texas is more of a “Texan” look. Houston is more international, trendier.

Our Beauty Q&A with Owner-President Saira Ali

Posted By Urban Retreat / January, 30, 2013 / Comments comments
Saira Ali, Owner-President of Urban Retreat.

Urban Retreat’s Owner-President, Saira Ali.

 

Our new Owner-President, Saira Ali, is quite the interesting lady! After growing up between the UK and NY, she opened a series of businesses in the medical-health sector before joining the Urban Retreat family. Read on to find out more about our fearless leader, including her personal secrets to looking great! (more…)

Last Minute Gift Ideas for Him

Posted By Urban Retreat / December, 10, 2012 / Comments comments

The Holiday Season is upon us, and it’s time to spread some joy to the men in your life. We have some great gift ideas to help show the ones you love that you care!

Urban Retreat has made gift-giving salon and spa services a synch with our Gift Certificate Packages here we’ve put together several options tailored for the men you know who want a temporary retreat to relieve the weight on their shoulders for a little while:

How often do you hit that ‘refresh’ button on your computer screen? How about taking time to do it in real life? The “Refresh” gift certificate for men pampers with a soothing Full Body Massage and then completes his new and refreshed look through sophisticated grooming, including Haircut & Style and professionally Groomed Nails. (His) “Best Face Forward” is a compact collection of services. Our skilled estheticians deliver a deep facial cleansing, followed by a Waxing of the brows, ears and nose and then complete the Facial Treatment by applying a soothing and protecting skin barrier to thwart everyday environmental hazards. You are then treated to an invigorating scalp massage while being shampooed and prepared for a final Haircut & Style.

Our “Executive Retreat” package is the total antidote for the man that carries the world upon his shoulders. Focusing on body and mind rejuvenation we begin with a Full Body Massage followed by a Gentleman’s Facial. We then relieve sore and tired feet with a mineral infused Spa Treatment Pedicure to be followed by a soothing arm and hand massage, topped off with finely Buffed Nails. Polish off your day as we treat you to a stylish Haircut & Style and a complimentary spa lunch. Love the idea of the “Executive Retreat” but just want to relax? Then come in and enjoy all of the pleasures of the Executive Retreat without the Haircut & Style with our “Pure Indulgence” certificate for him.

For couples:
“Share the Love” is our ritual for couples is an experience not to be missed. In the privacy of our couple’s chamber, you and your favorite person will drift into a wonderful state of total relaxation as you simultaneously enjoy a full body massage for two. Spa Lunch included.

Place your order for one of our Gift Certificate Packages online, or call 713-523-2300.

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