Events, Shows

CCA 2014 Annual Fashion Show

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The CCA fashion show, once again proved itself to be a fantastic showcase for young up and coming designers.  Parading in their new space, the designers took many unexpected turns in their creative approach to modern dressing.  Texture and color were the main theme and of course, our creative director Moises Villa selected the most elegant perfect look that suited all of the elements.


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Salon, Shows

diPietro Todd at Glaad Media Awards

As a hairdressing company that was founded in the 80s in San Francisco, we have witnessed the LGBT community take great strides and have always supported it’s advancement. Whether it’s contributing to the fight against AIDS or supporting marriage equality, we have watched and cheered as the world has changed. So it is no surprise that we were thrilled to participate in both the LA and NY GLAAD Media Awards this year.


GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation), is an organization that protects and uplifts its community. Each year they hold the GLAAD Media Awards to reward actors, movies, directors and personalities who have accurately and positively portrayed the LGBT in the media. Our part was to provide hair touch ups backstage and celebrity gift bags courtesy of Kerastase and Shu Uemura as well as silent auction items. We needed some of our most talented stylists so we brought along Creative Director Moises Villa, educators Nona Zandinejad, Amy Hsueh, Diana Luong and John Mok. We had a ton of fun and were thrilled to style hair for a great cause.

-Kelly Nyland
Communications Director






Agent Provocateur

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Event photos coming soon, click here for the prep photos.

Last night, Dipietro Todd gave a new meaning to “bed head” when Moises Villa, Hannah Skelton and Nona Zandinejad showed us how to make hair provocative for Agent Provocateur’s private party.  Wearing the store’s most current lingerie selection, pin-up style models donned sultry curls and a messy look that left you speculating if it was a curling iron technique or perhaps a rendez-vous in the dressing room that gave their hair its naughty look. Agent Provocateur was showing off their newly revamped space, and SF’s sexiest showed up for the event. With free flowing champagne, delicious appetizers, and a great DJ it’s hard to believe tonight’s guests have a better, perhaps more intimate, after-party to run off to.

-Shelby Cowell
(colorist pacific heights)


CCA Annual Fashion Show 2013


diPietro Todd has worked on many fashion shows in the past 25 years, but seriously, the CCA show that took place on May 17th was one of the best ever. The partners at diPietro Todd had the honor of sitting front and center to admire the beautifully diverse models showcasing the designs from the students who were selected as top in their class. The collections were so beautiful, honestly I thought they were as amazing or more than anything I’d seen at New York Fashion Week this year. How the judges decided on a winner was beyond me. And I shouldn’t forget to mention…. the hair was perfect!

Thank you Moises and the creative team at diPietro Todd.






Fashion Week S/S 2012

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As the new Communications Director at diPietro Todd, I would be lying if I said I wasn’t holding my breath until my first Fashion Week in New York. Wow, what to pack? how many cameras to bring? what color should my hair be?! With my lavender hair, 2 Canons and an overstuffed suitcase, I set off to meet Moises (our Assistant Creative Director) at our New York apartment for the week. Everyday was a new adventure! The night before, Kerastase would send Moises the addresses of our shows for that day which included an abandoned Post Office, an old warehouse on the Piers and Lincoln Center itself. We raced all over the city in 90 degree weather shuttling Moises from show to show to work with the fabulous creative powerhouse that is Odile Gilbert and the Kerastase team as they created brilliant hair looks for each show. Moi, a creative machine himself, worked very closely with Odile to execute each look for designers such as Suno, Rodarte, Rachel Zoe, Thakoon and Libertine. Akemi joined us for the latter part of our stay as did Dawn Seelenbacher for her show with Reem Acra through Rene Furterer. It was a whirlwind-dream-come-true and I will turning blue in the face until the next one!


Kelly Nyland
Communications Director


Academy, Shows

Les Enfants Terribles April 22, 2012

les-enfants-terribles-soiree-april-12-2012_205They did it again! Our brillantly talented assistants have raised yet another bar with their latest show at Club Mighty on April 22, 2012. Inspired by Jean Paul Gaultier and his provocative and genderbending styles, the students created progressive hair cuts, extravagant hair colors and over-the-top upstyles. Much of their inspiration came from the fascinating multimedia exhibition of Gaultier’s work featured at the De Young museum, The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk. The students work collaboratively to produce all aspects of the show from the hair, fashion, make up, music and creative direction. Click here to see more photo’s from Les Enfants Terribles. We are so proud of them and eager to see what will inspire them next year! Stay tuned….








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.


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


New York Fashion Week

We seriously had to pinch ourselves when Kirsten Magrini (Senior Business Manager for L’Oreal Professional- West) asked us if we would like to send two hairdressers to participate in Fashion Week for Gwen Stephanie’s L.A.M.B clothing line. Gwen the “No Doubt” rock star is the new face for INOA, L’Oreal’s new premier color product and the look for her spring show was fresh, young and sophisticated. We sent Akemi, our Creative Director, along with her Assistant Creative Director, Moises Villa, and they were part of a team of hairdressers responsible for creating the loose, sexy, sweet upstyles with braids and chignons. The hair complimented the clothing perfectly and was spot on fabulous! One of the highlights of the evening for me was when Elle magazine stopped us on the way into the Lincoln Center to take a picture of Maggie Ponicsan our new partner for the Walnut Creek Salon. I think she may have been one of the most fashionable women at the event. All in all, it was a great experience we’ll never forget.

Alejandro Lopez, VP of L’Oreal

Development, Shows

Curtain Call

Images by Kristin Smith.

The diPietro Todd assistants raised the bar last Sunday with their fabulous show at the Club 525 on Howard Street. They took their inspiration from the late Alexander McQueen—the renowned bad boy of fashion. They expanded off what they had learned about McQueen in class and created some of the most progressive hair that has been seen in a very long time. Speaking honestly the color, cuts and upstyling could have been in something like W magazine and looked right on the mark. The audience was blown away with the art direction, fashion, makeup and the models that were chosen. All 38 assistants worked collectively as a team to create their best ever show ever and we were all really proud. The future looks bright at diPietro Todd. You can check out the rest of the photos here.

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