October 11, 2004
For twenty years, Orlando Pita has styled hair for the likes of Madonna, Kate Moss, Jennifer Connelly, and Gwyneth Paltrow in fashion shoots. Now he’ll cut yours for about the rent on a Brooklyn studio apartment: $800. Next week, he’s opening a salon, to be called Orlo (which is also his nickname in the business) at 34 Gansevoort Street. It’s just a comb’s throw from where Sally Hershberger charges a much-publicized $600. Nonetheless, he aims for inclusiveness: “I want to work on black, Asian, and Hispanic hair,” says Pita. Hershberger says she’s not worried about his outpricing her. “Whatever you feel you are worth, get it. I had three women crying from happiness today after I cut their hair. Orlando’s genius, and he should charge whatever he wants.”
The Glass Menagerie
Richard Meier’s riverside glass boxes continue to lure the boldfaced to 165 Charles Street, his new project, next door to the Perry Street complex. Sources say that in recent weeks, Matthew Perry, Russell Crowe, Ellen Barkin, and Ron Perelman have all donned hardhats to ride the construction elevator to see the views from the top. Leonardo DiCaprio was spotted there, too, but he’s looking on behalf of his German mother, Irmelin. DiCaprio’s rep, Ken Sunshine, conﬁrmed that “he has deﬁnitely looked there several times,” but said there was no deal yet. Louise Sunshine (no relation), who’s marketing the building, declined to comment.