LaunchPad - June 2012 - (Page 24)

EDITOR’S NOTEBOOK In Remembrance A true pioneer and legend, Vidal Sassoon changed the way the world thinks about hairdressing for the better. As we go to press, we learned the sad news that legend Vidal Sassoon succumbed to leukemia at age 84. He was a trailblazer, an innovator, a genuine visionary. It’s doubtful that any hairstylist living today hasn’t in some way, shape or form been influenced by the founder of modern hairdressing. I was fortunate enough to have met Vidal Sassoon and his wife Ronnie, and will never forget the kindness and compassion he shared with everyone, even a young junior editor such as myself. Here are just a couple moving tributes we received following the devastating news. As an 18-year-old, I defected from my father’s salon clutching a pile of drawings of haircuts as I could not cut hair. I went on to work as a junior assistant, often holding the hair for Vidal as he danced around the hair, cutting amazing geometric shapes with his tiny scissors, which had never been seen before. It was a unique time that will never be experienced again. His passion, generosity, energy, vision and pure determination have made the world realize that we are not just hairdressers, but fine artists. As the great Mary Quant quoted, “He put the top on fashion.” Thank you Vidal Vidal Sassoon and actress Mia Farrow for giving me wings to fly. —Nicholas French, Matrix Artistic Director Vidal was a lifelong inspiration, mentor and friend. Vidal was not only instrumental in revolutionizing and commercializing hair in the West, but he kept hair as an art form intact. I am proud to say that Vidal helped my father and myself master the art of hair with grace, generosity and touch of genius. The world has lost a great man and visionary. —Angus Mitchell, co-owner of John Paul Mitchell Systems In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorial donations be sent to American Friends of The Hebrew University in support of The Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Anti-Semitism, Vidal, your greatness will live on and your impact will never be forgotten. Images: courtesy of Vidal Sassoon; Amy: Armando Sanchez Amy Dodds, Executive Editor 24 6.12

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of LaunchPad - June 2012

LaunchPad - June 2012
Editor’s Notebook
In Touch
Runway Report
Star Struck
First Look
Inside Story
Brand New
Color Lab
Male Order
Tool Talk
My Way
20 Questions
Salon of the Month
Head of the Class
Free Launch
First Person
Beauty 911
Only Hue
British Invasion!
Full Circle
That Summer Feeling
Hot Child in the City
Quick Tips
Look of the Month
Advertiser Index

LaunchPad - June 2012