As legendary stylist Oribe designs the hairstyles, sketches the costumes and plans the hands-on education for this year’s Oribe Backstage event, he’s plotting to throw one more new angle into the multi-day event to be held in Miami, June 9-10. In addition to the lure of fabulous hairstyling, makeup, photography, and entertainment, Oribe promises to pick The One—one lucky stylist who will be given the opportunity to mentor with him, following in the footsteps of Jimmy Paul, Brad Johns, Ken Paves and Rita Hazan.
Editor in Chief Stacey Soble recently caught up with Oribe at his Miami salon and after taking a moment to wash paint off his hands (maybe a clue for this year’s Backstage?), Oribe outlined what he looking for in The One and his plans for The One’s very special mentorship. Here’s an excerpt of that interview:
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SALON TODAY: This year’s event is themed La Fama, and involves a very special component about mentoring—mentoring has played an important role your career. Who mentored you, and how did that help launch your career?
ORIBE: Well, I started in Buffalo, New York, at a wonderful salon called Visage, and it started off as a haircutting sort of career where the techniques of cutting were very important. This was in 1976, and there I met a wonderful hairdresser, Garren Defazio—the famous Garren—and he was opening a salon at the Plaza Hotel and asked me to join his staff. At Garren’s, I was exposed to many models and just the whole vibe of his wonderful salon. Then, I moved to the Leslie Blanchard salon, which was a color salon that was very famous at the time for doing many movie stars, and there I actually learned how to do a lot of hair—I became a very good hairdresser because you really had to work with texture of the hair. One of the people I was obsessed with even before I became a hairdresser was Alexander of Paris—I was obsessed with his photographs and the glamour of it. I always wanted to be that sort of hairdresser, and in my own way I mentored myself to love those types of women.
SALON TODAY: So tell us a little bit about choosing The One? What will you be looking for?
ORIBE: The Backstage show is called La Fama, which means The Fame. And in looking for The One, I’m looking for the person who could possibly handle becoming truly famous. The One I’m looking for doesn’t necessarily have to be the most talented. The One I’m looking for is the person who can stand in a corner and know how to be—know how to exist. You have to be technical and you have to be precise, but you also have to be humble. I don’t expect The One to be a copy of me. I think it’s very important for you to find out who you are and be passionate about it. I’m so proud to have worked with Jimmy Paul and Rita Hazan and Brad Johns and Danilo and see them become amazing, and that’s just to name a few.