Rose products are sprouting up everywhere I look. From decadent rose oil infused with twenty-four carat pink gold to more humble lip balms and scented candles; roses are staging a beauty take over. Throughout history they have been revered for their sweet scent; and thanks to science we now know that certain species of the flower are packed with vitamin C, soothe the skin, and may reduce skin damage and wrinkles. They have been coming onto the scene for a while with the occasional launch of a rose product but now brands like By Terry are creating entire ranges around the flower. So I’ve tested the market and compiled a list of new launches and old classics, here are some of my favorites:
“I joined the business in 1999. My mother created the Peter Thomas Roth line with Peter while I was in college. I graduated from school and was on a finance mission, working at Lehman Brothers and I was on Wall Street. In 1999 my mother was still handwriting checks and there was not a computer in the office, it was crazy (laughs). She was running the entire business out of her desk without any technology. I said ‘Mom I want to come help you.’ She was a single mother and said ‘absolutely not, this is not how I raised you, you will work on Wall Street.’ So I interviewed with her and Peter and created this power point presentation like I did at Lehman Bothers and Peter was like ‘when you can start.’ My mother was more like ‘okay fine’ and that’s how I came into the company.
Often people come into salons with pictures of Giselle, asking for hair “like that”. I definitely did at one point in college. At that time the idea of hair extensions were a foreign notion to me. Until yesterday they still were to an extent. Sure I’d seen piles of amazing hair backstage at shows and those to die for clip on bangs at Viktor and Rolf and Elie Saab. I have seen those things snapped on models countless times. But I had never dared to clip some on my own head. Enter Wonderland Beauty Parlor and Balmain Hair.
“Before I came to Gilt I had worked in publishing for the past twelve years. I had most recently been Style Director of People.com and Digital Director of People Stylewatch magazine. Gilt was one of those opportunities I felt like I just had to take, they were doing something so innovative and so interesting, and were pushing the boundaries of the way people shopped, so to be able to add content to that experience in a meaningful way was a challenge that I thought was too good to pass up.