Natya Abascal has been involved with fashion since she was in her 20’s, working in NYC as a model and muse for Valentino and Oscar de La Renta. Posing in magazines and ad campaigns, photographed by icons such as ; Richard Avedon. Her first shoots took place on tropical beaches in 1965. She was in Harpers Bazaar, wore the latest in haute couture and posed on the beaches of Capri and Ibiza. She attended the Met Galas, parties, runway and appeared in international fashion ads, Natya Abascal’s, younger years, show her wearing elegant dresses, at the top runway shows and on the beach with horses. Abascal has been on the International Best Dressed List, since the mid 80’s. Natya was in a commercial with Salvador Dali and had a role in Woody Allen’s; “Bananas”. Now, at 77, she is a consultant for Hola Magazine, getting style in the pages from the yearly fashion week shows and promoting current trends. Natya looks amazing with her dark hair and eyes, fresh face as well as trim body. She currently represents Elizabeth Arden’s : Ceramide Advanced. Natya Abacal married Fernando Medina, Duke Feria of Cordoba, and has two sons, Rafael and Luis. She travels throughout Spain, Portugal, Paris, London, Columbia and the Dominican Republic with fashion icons and long time friends; Joan Collins, Jane Seymour and Valentino. Life has kept her busy with fashion engagements, family, photography and exemplifying the culture of her native Spain. She has a tradtional, unique, colorful and fashion forward approach.
T Gardens: The Japanese Hair Salon in The Big Apple
T Gardens is a hair and nail salon in Midtown East, New York City. The dark interior is similar to that of a sake or sushi spot, but it is definitely a salon, once one sees styling stations and hair care products. The Japanese/Asian stylists who work there are dedicated to their craft and try to make the hair care experience as convenient and relaxing as possible. My stylist, Min, originally born in South Korea and educated in Japan, made the trip worthwhile. She showed me style images on her cell phone, of styles and we discussed the nature of my hair length, layering, color and texture. The phone brought up images of looks and I chose a straighter, yet, blow dried wave with a trim. Asians have naturally straight hair and often choose a digital perm. Not all customers are of Asian descent, so they have experience with other hair types. My hair is wavy and I wanted a look that was easy to blow dry. Min spoke of her experiences in Japan and mentioned that many Asians get lighter brown, red tones, or blond highlights to accentuate their black hair tone. The hair salon business is competitive, especially in a cosmopolitan city such as NY, yet T Gardens strives to be on top of hair care trends. The new nail design area, by Tomoko, takes care of nail care and focuses on design with patterns, gel and decals.