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Live From New York: EXTRACTS Evolves for 2008

By: Nancy Jeffries
Posted: April 2, 2008, from the April 2008 issue of GCI Magazine.

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Fabrics included organic cotton voile, corn-based fiber, hemp, soy/bamboo and peace silk, a vegetarian silk raised and processed differently than conventional silk. Complementing the eco-fashions were hairstyles and makeup created by Bob Recine and makeup artist Dick Page. Celebrities attending the event included Isabella Rosselini, Carly Simon, Stella McCartney, Calvin Klein, Lauren Bush and Camryn Manheim.

At a press conference preceding the event, “eco-ambassador” Nancy O’Dell, host of television’s Access Hollywood, Sami Myohanen, Pure & Natural brand manager, and Leslie Hoffman, executive director of Earth Pledge, thanked collaborators, including Barney’s New York and Lexus Hybrid Living, and introduced the Project Runway designers, who are participating in a joint venture between Pure & Natural and Earth Pledge in designing a handbag utilizing Pure & Natural’s biodegradable bar soap packaging. The material, embedded with seeds, will sprout baby’s breath flowers when planted. The handbags will be auctioned off on Clothes Off Our Back, with proceeds benefiting the Earth Pledge Seed Blitz program, which teaches urban children the value of growing and using plants to help them connect to the earth.

Pure & Natural, according to marketing director and brand founder Tim Fuhriman, “balances quality ingredients derived from nature with beautiful, eco-conscious packaging,” and offers ingredients of 98% natural origin, which are biodegradable, hypoallergenic and free of parabens.

Dr. Neil Sadick and The Future of Dermatology
On Feb. 13, 2008, Dr. Neil Sadick, MD, FAAD, FAACS, FACP, of Sadick Dermatology, presented an overview of the latest findings in dermatology, at New York’s Hotel Plaza Athenee. Based on the newest research and innovations presented at the recent American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) meeting in San Antonio, Sadick addressed the topics of Lunchtime Beauty Treats, Antiaging Therapies, At-home Devices, Off-face Dermatology and the latest advances in cosmeceuticals.

With free time at a premium for many individuals, the prospect of treatments during lunch is growing in popularity, Sadick observed, because they require little down time and allow a quick return to the office. He addressed the introduction of Smart Lipo treatments, LEDs (light emitting diodes) for rejuvenation of the skin, as well as combination treatments, which include multiple modalities such as fillers and lasers. New antiaging therapies featured at the AAD included Fractional Resurfacing Lasers, Toxin Alternatives—for example those which utilize radio frequency ablation, new fillers and advanced cosmeceuticals.