Saturday, May 14, 2011

Salon Stalker: Garren New York

Garren is one of the most sought after hairstylists in the industry. He has worked with the legendary photographers including Steven Meisel, Irving Penn, Michael Thompson and regularly contributes to magazines including Vogue, Italian Vogue, Allure, and W. If that wasn't enough, for over 30 years he has operated his own salon, Garren New York, a mainstay on 5th Avenue. He counts the world's most stylish celebrities Madonna, Naomi, Linda Evangelista, and Scarlett Johansson as well as discerning beauty insiders and editors among his clients.

Garren New York is nestled on the Mezzanine of the Sherry-Netherland Hotel, a luxury hotel and residence, home to celebs including Diane Ross. Behind double mirrored doors, the salon feels small and intimate, a collection of rooms designed around the particular services offered. There is a nook with hair sinks equipped with Shiatsu massage chairs, a hall flanked by elegant dressing rooms with mirrored walls, a cutting room of only 8 stations, a color area with just 3 chairs and a private room for manicures and pedicures. The decor is elegant with brass, rosewood and marble architectural elements and mid-century modern furniture. The atmosphere is intimate and small, a feat for any NYC salon let alone one of such prestige. The emphasis here seems to be on real luxury and quality services not pretension.

Few beauty professionals can count so many accomplishments as Garren- a prestigious editorial career, a star-studded roster of clients, a successful product line, a talented team. When we asked what sets Garren New York apart from other salons (other than the team of ultra-talented stylists on staff) they said it is the attention to detail. Garren is always striving for perfection. Also while they are conscious of trends that is certainly not the focus. They get to know their clients and create a look that suited for the women alone, her face, her personality, her personal style.

Stalker Faves: Impeccable Decor, Unparalleled Hair Makeovers

Garren New York
781 5th Ave
New York, 10022
(212) 841-9400

Garren is known for executing iconic makeovers:

When Victoria Beckham wanted a change, Naomi suggested she see Garren and he gave her her a perfect pixie cut:

He also gave Oprah an unforgettable sultry look for her Vogue Cover in 1998:

Most recently, he styled Kim Kardashian for the September 2010 Allure Cover, where she looked exquisite, more classic Italian film star than Hollywood glamazon: