The stars smiled from the heavens at the first Beauty Changes lives (BCL) “Legacy of Style” event, recently held at the Peninsula Hotel Rooftop in Beverly Hills.
This time, though, it wasn’t so much about Hollywood’s A-list actors as it was the many talented ’dressers who make them look their brilliant best for movies, theater and events.
For over two hours, illustrious beauty professionals, students, industry leaders and celebrity groomers mingled and shared invaluable advice. Tradition was also born when the fi rst annual Legacy of Style award was presented to Eden Sassoon on behalf of her father, Vidal.
|Celebrity stylists Ken Paves and Diana Schmidtke|
“It’s BCL’s mission to inspire artists to give back to their communities, inspire future artists and create a high level of respect, which was what Vidal Sassoon did so profoundly,” remarked BCL President Lynelle Lynch. “With BCL’s scholarship and mentoring programs, we hope to create many more stylists like Vidal Sassoon.”
“I have a special place in my heart for the beauty school student,” adds Event Chair Diana Schmidtke.
In addition to being an extremely busy celebrity men’s grooming specialist—Christian Bale, Rob Pattinson and Chris and Liam Hemsworth, to name just a few of her stellar clients—Schmidtke’s passion for the professional-beauty industry has led her to form a strong bond with the American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS) and its non-profit coalition of beauty professionals, BCL.
“At some point in your career, you have to sit back and think about how you can give back, says Schmidtke, who invited her network of top Hollywood hairstylists and makeup artists with the hope of enlisting them as mentors to young beauty school students and graduates.
In retrospect, Schmidtke got her wish, with heavy-hitters Peter Butler (Claire Danes), Renato Campora (Katy Perry, Kirsten Dunst and Jessica Alba) and Pati Dubrof (Leslie Mann and Jane Krakowski) vowing to become involved with BCL.