Salon

25th Element

25th Element

The pressure is on every year to top all of our fun and fantastic Xmas parties past but Andrew and Michael O’Rourke (party planner and Palo Alto colorist) have done it again and they went BIG at the Infusion lounge.   Ideas started flowing in January of 2013 with our desire to celebrate our silver anniversary while fantasizing about where we’ll be in 25 more years.   Just returning from London’s Salon International hair show, Andrew was inspired by parametric design and incorporated his ideas along with Michael’s into this years theme—The Future is Now dPT 2038.  It’s always hard to pick the top 3 winners for the evening, we had a 5th Element Lilu look alike 1st place winner- Maclaine DeFelice, Maggie Ponicsan  who looked like she jumped out of a video game and John Mok who called himself a futuristic space elf.  The amazing D.J. Chris Clouse kept everyone dancing all the way into the future.

25th Element

25th Element

-Kim Todd

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An Evening with Peter Wood

Tonight the whole staff was treated to a live documentary of the hair industry from the 1960’s until now, narrated by a first-hand witness, and our beloved co-worker, Peter Wood.  I am personally still vibrating with excitement, as Peter is basically a living legend and universally loved and admired by anyone who knows him.
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Peter put together a slide show of images depicting his story, both professional and personal, and shared it with our entire staff.  His story begins in London in the early 1960’s. Peter began his career at Vidal Sassoon as an apprentice. In the years that followed he got a bird’s eye view of the hair revolution that Vidal Sassoon inspired and was one of only 40 people who were trained to do these highly specific, and heavily sought after haircuts.  His talent exposed him to many icons of the 1960’s, moved him to Toronto, then to San Francisco where he opened his own salon. His story ends with him meeting Kim and Andrew Todd in the late 1980’s and joining their original staff when they opened diPietro Todd.
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Peter, like very few successful hairstylists, has absolutely no ego, making it even harder to sniff out his accomplishments. It was so great to hear his autobiography and to have some light shed on an era of hairdressing I know very little about. History is a powerful tool and the more you go back and discover the more you move forward and learn. It was so refreshing to hear a man say that after over 50 years of cutting hair, he still genuinely enjoys it. Even more refreshing is hearing him say that his greatest accomplishment isn’t rising to the top of his profession, but his marriage to his wife.

-Shelby Cowell
(colorist pacific heights)

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Reinventing diPietro Todd

Breathing new life into diPietro Todd Salons + Academy is what Andrew and I have been committed to doing since 1988 when our doors first opened. With that being said, we’re very proud to announce that we recently brought Amita Moticka and Sam Hayes into our partnership for our Mill Valley and Union Square locations. They both have been working at diPietro Todd for 15+ years and have contributed so much to our success that we couldn’t be more delighted to have them officially join our team as partners.   After the big announcement to the staff they all responded with rounds of applause and unanimously said they were very excited to see them both get more involved.   We’ll all have to wait and see the new mood they create while adding it to the mix at diPietro Todd.  I have faith that everyone will enjoy the journey.

Sam

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BuildOn Charity Event

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One of the things I love most about this business and hairdressers in general is their love of ‘giving back’. Historically, the beauty industry has been, and continuously is, one of the most generous communities. I’ve been involved in charitable causes since before my teens and I’m so happy I’ve picked a career which supports and encourages such endeavors.

On May 3rd myself and some of the diPietro Todd partners and managers had the pleasure of sponsoring and attending the 2013 BuildOn Bay Area Dinner at the Saint Francis. BuildOn is a nonprofit organization which takes high-risk kids and gets them involved in community service and outreach programs, raising funds to then build schools in third world countries. All of us were touched by the students’ stories and look forward to continuing our support to this cause (in that one evening BuildOn raised over $720k!).

-Dylan Ponicsan
Partner, Walnut Creek

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25th Anniversary Party!

diPietro Todd  Salons + Acdemy 1988- 2013. It was an emotional evening for Andrew and I while we opened our hearts and shared our sentiments about being in business for 25 years. We Toasted with champagne, told old stories and had a good laugh about the fact that we’ve been in business longer that most of our assistants have been alive. Andrew said that we’re really just 25 yrs. young and just getting started with still so much to do.

What I know is this—-We’re still living by our mission statement……diPietro Todd—dPT….Discipline, Passion + Truth.

Thank you everyone at dPT and thank you dear clients for your continued loyalty.  You’ve all been a part of a dream come true and we couldn’t have done it without you.

Kim
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diPietro Todd Announces a New Creative Director Moises Villa

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A naturally gifted stylist right from the start, Moi Villa excelled in diPietro Todd’s “Development” training program and it was clear that he would go far at dPT. Ten years later he has been offered the position as “Creative Director” and we are very excited to see how his innate sense of creativity and style will inspire the team at dPT. I always told Moises from the very beginning that he would make diPietro Todd famous one day. Now is his opportunity.

Sincerely,
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Kim Todd

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Fairy Tales and Nursery Rhymes Holiday Pary

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When everyone was thinking— Mayan Apolcolypse, Andrew and Michael O’Rourke went in the other direction and decided that Nursery Rhymes and Fairy tales was the theme for this years Xmas Party. The Supper Club was the best venue ever with endless entertainment and merriment and it was clear that everyone had a fabulous time. Kristin Bowers (sp) was unanimously selected for the “Best Costume” prize as the spitting image of the evil witch from Sleeping Beauty. When I spun around and saw Moi Villa (Creative Director), I think the entire city heard me scream. He was so scary, he was hardly recognizable. This was a party I wish I could go to all over again. Time flies when you having fun.

Kim
a.k.a. Narnia’s Ice Queen….
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glam rock spectacle

The staff at diPietro Todd all agree that this year’s annual Christmas Party with a “Glamrock” theme at SF’s newest hotspot JONES was one of Andrew and Sam’s best parties to date!! It seems as though everyone says that each and every year… but I will admit that this year was AMAZING!! Crazy enough, Kate Moss was on the cover of December’s French Vogue as a David Bowie look alike so we all knew we were riding the wave of what’s happening in fashion and modern culture, which we really pride ourselves on. The evening opened with a girl band named “Featherwitch”. They were beyond sexy and fun. After that, DJ Sam Isaac took over from there. The highlight of the evening was a performance piece by Michael O’Rourke (colorist in Palo Alto) as Freddie Mercury from the infamous 70′s band Queen. Michael was seriously channeling Freddie Mercury and the crowd was going wild to my favorite song “We are the Champions”.Thank you to the diPietro Todd staff. You are the champions!

 

 

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Michael O’Rourke giving us his best Freddie Mercury performance

The diPietro Todd crowd goes wild!

Glam Rock at its finest

diPietro Todd takes over Jones.. what a Glam Rock Spectacle!

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Salon, Shows, Trends

dPT @ NY Fashion Week

Fashion Week was a whirlwind to say the least. Our Creative Director Akemi Tamaribuchi and Assisitant Creative Director Moises Villa were invited to work backstage at numerous shows among other talented hair stylists. It was our job (myself and my partner-in-crime Brittany McCall, Media Director) to capture as much of the excitement as possible. The list of shows on Akemi and Moises’ itinerary were nothing short of fabulous: Jason Wu, Thakoon, Rodarte, Theyskens Theory, and Phillip Lim 3.1. Needless to say, Brittany and I were ready, willing and very much able! The duo had the privilege of working backstage with the infamous French hairstylist Odile. She was a sight to see- with her cigarette in hand, she appeared passionate about her vision making sure every piece of hair was in its place. Akemi and Moises worked right alongside her and as Brittany approached them with her camera. Odile proudly said “Be sure to capture our superstars!” speaking fondly of Akemi and Moises. It was such an honor for Brittany and I to watch Akemi and Moises work their magic backstage- they were so humbled, poised, confident and worked seamlessly together. It was evident that this was exactly where they belonged… rubbing elbows with Odile and making their mark at New York Fashion week. As for Brittany and I, every single day was a little adventure. Getting backstage was not as easy feat, in fact it was a bit stressful, but once we made it through those doors it was all worth it! We were able to capture some amazing footage, celebrity sight-see (Dakota Fanning, Taylor Swift, Beyonce, Anna Wintour, Bruce Willis, Alexa Chung just to name a few!) and enjoy a few fashion shows. On the eve of my last day in New York with the team, I came back to my hotel room only to find a dozen roses, chocolates, and a card from my boyfriend. This was the cherry on top of my cake!  After an exhausting, memorable, fun, and fashion-filled week…. Brittany and I can honestly say we are two very lucky ladies and so happy to be a part of the Creative Office at diPietro Todd.

Cheers,

Aileen Ablaza

Communications Director

The dynamic duo- Moises and Akemi- backstage at Rodarte

French hairstylist Odile surrounded by the press and Brittany (with headphones) capturing the interview

the finished product- backstage at Rodarte

Moises backstage at Thakoon. Colored clay was used in the hair.

Thakoon runway

Moises and me, a nightcap on the rooftop of our hotel

Flowers from my boyfriend

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prohibition party

“LIPS THAT TOUCH LIQUOR WILL NEVER TOUCH MINE”

Prohibition was the theme for this years Xmas party at diPietro Todd. I’m amazed once again how Andrew comes up with these fabulous party ideas that run just on the edge of what’s happening in modern culture. With Sam Hayes as his right hand-man, they both plot and plan on every last detail to ensure that they create authenticity and a rip roaring good time. Everyone looked so beautiful and gay in their 20′s inspired clothing while dancing the Charleston. Later in the evening, burlesque dancers added some grit to the sexy speak easy bar while old black and white films played in the background. Truthfully, the photos say it all.

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