The sweetness and style world felt a collective pang of grief yesterday on the sudden information of hairstylist Oribe Canales’ passing. He was simply 62 years previous. A lot of his pals, followers, and fellow magnificence execs took to Instagram, their posts evoking a mixture of shock, disappointment, and a honest reverence for a person whose profession within the business spanned an unprecedented 4 a long time.

Born in Cuba in 1956, Oribe emigrated to america as a baby. You may say his life was the quintessential “American dream,” though, I’d argue that his story was the sexiest, glitziest, and most glamorous model of that dream we have ever seen.

He labored at a few of the most prestigious salons in New York Metropolis  — at Garren’s salon at The Plaza lodge within the late 1970s, then at Parachute Salon, adopted by his personal salon at Elizabeth Arden that he opened in 1991. He collaborated with the largest names in magnificence and style — Azzedine Alaia, Marc Jacobs, Steven Meisel, Carlyne Cerf du Dudezeele, François Nars — and with a few of the greatest manufacturers, dreaming up the hairstyles for Chanel, Versace, and Perry Ellis (together with Jacobs’ well-known 1991 grunge runway assortment). In 1999, Jennifer Lopez handpicked Oribe to fashion her hair for her debut album, On the 6, a transfer that put him on each Hollywood A-lister’s radar. (“Thank God for Jennifer!,” Oribe informed Attract again in 2010.) Then, after all, there’s his Miami salon and eponymous hair-care line, coveted by skilled hairstylists everywhere in the world. Years after its preliminary launch, his Dry Texturizing Spray remains to be thought of probably the greatest styling merchandise of all time.

Oribe with Jennifer Lopez on an Attract cowl shoot

“His expertise was method past, however he was additionally like a sponge,” hairstylist and longtime good friend Garren says of what made Oribe so distinctive. “When he was excited to work with somebody and to be taught from somebody, he would take it and go together with it. He additionally labored onerous and earned who he was.” However onerous work and uncooked expertise weren’t the one secrets and techniques to Oribe’s astronomical success. A fast scroll by even only a handful of these tribute posts on Instagram and it is clear that Oribe was one of the crucial convivial individuals within the enterprise. “He was adored by everybody he labored with — the fashions completely beloved him — and he had enjoyable with all people,” provides Garren.

It is why we felt that one of the simplest ways to honor Oribe was to listen to from the individuals who beloved and knew him finest. Beneath, a few of his closest pals, collaborators, and admirers keep in mind the person who, in his lifetime, made the world a complete lot extra stunning.

Linda Wells, founding editor in chief of Attract, Revlon chief inventive officer:

“It’s no coincidence that Oribe rose to fame when the supermodels did. He was tremendous, too — in his strategy to hair, in his private fashion, in his constancy to luxurious and extra. He made everybody and the whole lot he touched — together with the supermodels — greater and higher: extra stunning, extra female, extra glamorous. His coronary heart and his generosity have been outsize, too.

I first met Oribe within the ‘80s on the Parachute Salon, which was form of monastic and monochrome. It was incongruous together with his fashion, however I didn’t know that then. When he opened his salon at Elizabeth Arden in 1991, it was pure, over-the-top Oribe. I keep in mind a large chandelier and a single salon chair like a throne. There gave the impression to be miles of burgundy velvet and acres of gold. On the opening occasion, the mannequin Vendela, sporting leopard-print Azzedine Alaia, was carried into the room by a throng of body-builders who could have been shirtless and should have been oiled. Oribe stood within the heart of the room like a conductor or a king. Rumor had it that this was the most costly salon ever created, which makes good sense.

When Jennifer Lopez made her leap into celeb, she cannily referred to as Oribe to create her look. It was a superb transfer. Genius, as Oribe would say. If Oribe gave her a ponytail, it was longer and thicker than any human ponytail. If it was an updo, it was excessive and mighty. He hardly ever went anyplace with out suitcases stuffed with hair extensions. He referred to as them his puppies.

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