Pascal

What I have learned

I was honored and humbled when John Conatser, publisher and founder of Sheridan Road, Forest & Bluff and, most recently, North Shore Weekend, asked me if I would be interested in writing a regular column as a Style and Fashion Editor. This came about as we were discussing the upcoming 30th anniversary of my Glencoe salon, Pascal pour Elle.

John asked me a seemingly simple question – what my biggest learning had been over the last 30 years. Not so simple to answer.

It wasn’t due to a lack of possibilities. Quite the opposite. You see, I can’t think of a single day during the last 30 years that I haven’t learned…about myself…about our people…about our craft…about trends and techniques in the beauty and fashion industry. We have always prided ourselves on the education and training we provide for our professional team of stylists, colorists and technicians. We invest in their training, often sending them to participate in conferences, runway shows, product meetings and advertising photo shoots to ensure that we are knowledgeable and proficient in the latest styles, techniques and available products. What I realized, however, in thinking about pivotal moments was that one common thread connected all of my learnings in this business. It boils down to the questions we ask or, should I say, are asked of us. In other words, our learnings are driven by our clients. Every day, I am asked questions related to a particular look. It could be tied to hair, climate, fashion, texture, mood, you name it. And every question forces us to find answers that are right for that individual and that circumstance.

These are my greatest learnings. They happen every day, based on conversations with my clients. And so I would like to invite you to share your thoughts and also ask me your questions about hair, makeup, style, fashion, you name it. The questions and comments can be personal or more general in nature. I will do my best to address them in a manner that can benefit the larger audience as well. I will also be reaching out to other stylists and beauty and fashion experts from time to time for their input, so that you can benefit from the advice of the area’s industry thought leaders.