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Romero Jennings, Makeup Artist
As a senior artist for M·A·C Cosmetics, Romero Jennings creates lavish, exotic, and beautiful looks for celebrities including Mary J. Blige, Toni Collette, David Schwimmer, Fran Drescher, Naomi Campbell, and Rosamund Pike. He’s worked with all ages—from a 6-month-old baby to octogenarian chanteuse Eartha Kitt. In his 23 years with M·A·C, he has created makeup for Broadway plays, music videos, fashion shows, and magazines. Jennings, who moved to New York when he was 6, can trace his sensitivity to color back to his childhood in Kingston, Jamaica, where, he says, colors are more vivid than anywhere else he’s traveled.
After majoring in Fashion Design at FIT, Jennings lived in Japan for five years. While assisting a Japanese designer, he was asked to do makeup for a catalogue, and his passion was ignited; soon he was assisting top makeup artists and doing makeup for music videos and fashion shows. Jennings cultivated both his art and tactile finesse in Japan, perfecting a “gentle touch.” While he stays on top of new technology and new formulas, he remains true to his philosophy.
John Barrett, Hair Styling
For more than a decade, John Barrett has styled some of the world’s most fashionable women. He believes hair should be a glamorous extension of who the client is inside. While he eschews creating anything that could be called a signature cut, Barrett nonetheless strives to give all his clients the same thing: a clean, warm, modern look that melds the glamour and grace of uptown with all the youth and vitality of downtown. The John Barrett Salon is located on the penthouse floor of New York’s Bergdorf Goodman.
Halli Bivona, Lead Stylist for John Barrett
It’s no surprise that Halli trained directly under Mr. Barrett. Her preternatural gift for executing skillful cuts is matched by her bouncy, glamorous blow-outs. A lover of all things fashion, and a runway-watcher who follows all the top magazines and style blogs, Halli’s vision is razor sharp, while her style is effortless and fun. She works wonders with extensions or Barrett’s Braids, but she also knows how to tame troubled tresses, and her Lasio and keratin treatments are in great demand. “Your hair is the only accessory you wear everyday,” she says. “A good style can change your whole look.” Halli’s work has been featured in Vogue, Marie Claire, and Elle magazines, and can be seen on the runway during New York’s fashion week.
Engie Hassan, Stylist
Engie Hassan is the head of EngieStyle, a company that specializes in fashion styling, personal shopping, creative direction, and brand imaging. Her work can be seen on the red carpet and runways, as well as in magazines and other media and on television. Hassan and her team have styled royalty, celebrities, high net-worth clients, and a bevy of models during New York Fashion Week.
Hassan, an FIT alumna, has worked for Vogue, Vogue Paris, Teen Vogue, Numéro, Bauer Teen Network, Bergdorf Goodman, and Bloomingdale’s. She also is the brand ambassador for Savile Row Society. Her clients include the royal families of Saudi Arabia, Lady Gaga, Miranda Kerr, Orlando Bloom, Kanye West, Jeep, MTV, Harper Collins, Logo TV, Princess Ameerah At-Aweel, Glamour, Royal Asscher Diamonds, and NBC. For two consecutive years, she has been nominated for New Jersey Monthly’s Leading Women Entrepreneurs and Business Owners Award.