Vivian Moore, Managing VP of Mitchell’s, was featured in the Fall 2012 issue of Rough Luxury, an Oribe publication.
Moore worked closely with Oribe backstage at the CFDA Awards – just the latest in a long list of shows on which she’s assisted him. She tells us about the experience, in her own words:

The opportunities to work on shows with Oribe and my Oribe friends over the last few years are something I cherish; not only for the chance to learn from the master himself, but for being able to exchange ideas, inspiration and information with new and old friends among the group. At this point, even though we don’t see each other all the time, there are enough familiar faces to make it almost feel like a family.

I’m sure every hairdresser has a bucket list that starts the moment they know what they want to do with their lives. Many of the items on my bucket list have been marked off since meeting Oribe, including working backstage at Armani Prive (Paris 2010), Giorgio Armani (Milan 2011), Rad Hourani (New York 2010) and now the prestigious CFDA Awards in 2012.

The CFDA Awards show was uniquely wonderful because Oribe had total creative freedom to design hair to complement the fashions selected for the retrospective. The difference between our helping him create his own vision instead of fulfilling someone else’s often-changing vision made the prep day as much fun as the day of the show.

You can’t help but get butterflies and feel your heart beat faster with the anticipation of Oribe’s arrival, even though he always makes sure every person is greeted and comfortable. After a short debriefing, it’s demo time, and everyone is focused on understanding what it is he is asking for. There’s always just enough flexibility that you feel comfortable offering your own ideas.

I always learn something new about an existing product or a new product when prepping for shows that I can bring back to our marketing and education teams at home. A perfect example of this is the new Sculpting Cream used to create one of my favorite looks from the CFDA show.

The time spent with Oribe and my Oribe “family” inspires and educates me unlike anything else has in the many years I’ve spent doing and sharing what I love. In my opinion, it’s the one thing Oribe Hair Care does differently than anyone else. In fact, by the time I departed the plane at home I had written two versions of a class based on the CFDA show hair.