Walk into the Beauty Salon in New York's Saks Fifth Avenue: it's an experience in celebrity spotting.
Ask for Vincent's room — he's the SFA master stylist. Perhaps you'll see one or more Miss Americas waiting their turn (Vincent was a long time consultant to the Miss America Pageant). It's possible that you'll also see gossip columnist Liz Smith sitting near Olympic champion Sarah Hughes sitting near Liza Minnelli sitting near Lindsay Lohan sitting near the gorgeous Eva Amurri (Susan Sarandon's daughter) and Pamela Brown (Phyllis George's daughter).
You might spot mega business executive Rosemary Bravo, brilliant entrepreneur Lynn Forester de Rothschild, fashion designer Fe Saracino-Fendi, CEO and socialite Nina Griscom and Washington correspondent, Claire Shipman. It's not just Hollywood glitz and business glamour that congregates in Vincent's salon: you'll spot the legal secretary, the woman who has lost most of her hair to radiation, and also the teenager who saw him on television and fell in love with Mr. Vincent at first glance. They're all waiting for him to make them look like living dolls.
He does it—he's the man with the golden hands.
He began a meteoric rise in the world of style and fashion at seventeen when he won the World International Styling Competition in New York and was invited by Enrico Caruso to work at his salon. Within months the precocious youngster was styling Audrey Hepburn, Ginger Rogers, Grace Kelly and Joan Crawford. Marlene Dietrich and Judy Garland insisted he accompany them on their road show appearances.
After a few years he left Caruso to head Bergdorf Goodman's salon and in the early nineties, Vincent was asked to become Saks Fifth Avenue's Master stylist.
His work outside the salon would be insanely demanding for a lesser man: If you turn on Good Morning America, every morning for example, you will see Vincent's work on his client Diane Sawyer's hair and fashion choices. Several Presidents' wives have called on those golden hands including Senator Hillary Clinton and Jackie Kennedy Onassis.
He is listed in the Playbill of many Broadway shows in which he's been responsible for the star's hair. He's a serious jock, he jogs, plays intense tennis and, in his off hours, escorts his star clients to prestigious charity and theater openings.
He is ubiquitous in the media (and very telly-savvy): he's done Oprah three times, garnering the highest ratings of her television show when he did the make-over segments of the television news anchors. He's also had major segments on Regis and Kathie Lee, Good Morning America, Larry King Live and many other shows. He's been featured in myriad style magazines including In Style, Allure, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Good Housekeeping and Ladies' Home Journal.
Most important to him are his loving family connections. Not a day passes when he doesn't speak to both of his grown children.
Few know of his intense religious and charitable commitments: for example, all his proceeds from the three major books he wrote with his co-author, Sherry Suib Cohen, ( THE LOOKS MEN LOVE, BIG CITY LOOK and COOL HAIR) go to hospitals and research that support the search for cures for terminal illnesses of children.
The cultivation of beauty's at the core of his being—outside beauty and the beauty that makes a woman most desirable—the beauty of her heart.
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