Chris Collie
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Chris Collie, one of the seminal early Editors-in-Chief of FWO, was named one of the "Best Dressed Men" at New York Fashion Week by Esquire.

One Magical Night: Louis Licari 5th Ave. Salon Re-Opening


Louis Licari 5th Ave. Salon Re-Opening

by Chris Collie, NY Senior Editorial Director

Louis-Licari-5thAve-Salon-NYC-16Chances are pretty good you’ve seen the extremely popular Ambush Makeover segment during Hoda and Kathie Lee’s Today show hour.

If so, you’ve also probably heard both hosts singing the name of one of the key figures within that segment. His name is Louis Licari, “la, la, la, la, la, la” (in my best Hoda and Kathy Lee singing impression). Louis is the man who has worked with countless celebrities and projects, coloring women’s hair to perfectly match their skin tone, lifestyle and facial features.

Louis is the man who has worked with countless celebrities and projects, coloring women’s hair to perfection.

Oh What a Night

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Tuesday evening of October 13th, 5th Ave. saw the likes of Calvin Klein, Grace Coddington, Sofia Coppola, Donna Karan, Fran Lebowitz, Katie Couric, and a host of other VIPs walking into a well lit-lobby and disappearing into an elevator. Their destination: the newly re-opened Louis Licari Salon. While in the elevator heading up to the opening, I wondered how the salon would look, who would come out to support, and how Louis would be in person: warm; off-putting; Hollywood-ish?

A magical, down-to-earth vibe carried the entire evening.

The moment the elevator door opened, I was immediately greeted by the receptionists with a warm welcome, and told to “go right in and enjoy.” That one statement was an indication of the magical, down-to-earth vibe that carried the entire evening. It seemed as the “who’s who” of New York turned out in support of one of the greatest colorists of our time.

It seemed as the “who’s who” of New York turned out in support of one of the greatest colorists of our time.

Immediately after turning the corner of the lobby I spotted Louis, Grace Coddington and Sofia Coppola: not a bad first sight, if I do say so myself. After calming myself from being in the presence of three people I’ve admired for years for their craft and genius, I shifted my attention to the salon itself.

The salon is beautifully appointed in every detail, from the washing chairs to the mirrors. But I don’t want to give too much away. Make an appointment and see for yourself. You will definitely thank me later.

I immediately spotted Grace Coddington and Sofia Coppola: not a bad first sight.

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Photos Credit: Kiki Conway