The conversation was punctuated by the popping of champagne corks and there was much kissing of both cheeks, and the fashion show featured silks and satins, the color of all the really interesting passions, and, of course, everybody's hair was perfect.
It was a party given yesterday by the new partners to celebrate the opening of their new salon, Visage. Ury of Ury and Roberto and Sylvain of Matthew Sylvain and Claude and Patrick of Headstartt Studio had joined hands and clienteles.
While this may sound confusing to those unaccustomed to a world where last names seem to be as popular as bald people, its impact was not lost on the several hundred people who showed up for the event.
The discovery of a truly wonderful hairdresser being not unlike the discovery of the Comstock Lode, there were clients at the new Georgetown salon who had followed their particular choice about town for years and were not about to blow a carefully nurtured relationship on a remarkedupon absence. A future shadowed by an Ury no longer willing to come in early to fit you in at short notice, noted one client, was a future too horrible to contemplate.
Everyone there was only too willing to give glowing tributes to their particular person to whom they had entrusted head, hair and ego, showering their favorite with testimony both personal and professions. Some of the hairdressers themselves looked upon the gathering as if it were the first meeting of all the relatives in a much talked-about marriage.
"Ury and Sylvain do the jet set and we had the middle and upperclass Potomac types," observed one of the hairdressers, formerly of Headstartt and now of Visage. "Everyone has such different clienteles; it'll be interesting to see how they all get along."
Ury had cut Sylvain's hair and Sylvain had cut Ury's hair for the occasion. Everyone had been up to 4:30 that morning putting the finishing touches on the salon and the models who showed off the hairdos and the clothes from Ann Taylor.
"They're not only good hairdressers, they're wonderful people," said one determinedly anonymous client. "Not half as pretentious as some of their clients."