P.S. 31 teachers receive spa treatment as “thank you”
by Jess Berry
Jul 16, 2014 | 537 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Famous stylist Laurent Dufourg, of L'Appartement Prive Salon, did makeovers for 18 teachers of P.S. 31 in Greenpoint. Photo by Andrew Mayer
Famous stylist Laurent Dufourg, of L'Appartement Prive Salon, did makeovers for 18 teachers of P.S. 31 in Greenpoint. Photo by Andrew Mayer
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A lucky group of teachers from P.S. 31 in Brooklyn received the royal treatment on Monday, receiving full makeovers from apparel group Foxcroft Collection and L’Appartement Prive Salon in Manhattan.

The makeovers, Foxcroft says, were “the brand’s way of thanking the New York community for its long-standing success.”

Eighteen women from P.S. 31 in Greenpoint were treated all day with specially selected outfits from Foxcroft and hair and makeup stylings by L’Appartement Prive Salon on E. 57th St.

At the end of the day, the teachers participated in a fashion show and photo shoot back at P.S. 31 to show off their new looks.

Janet Zukowski, who has taught at P.S. 31 for over 30 years, said the day was “magical.”

“We had loads of laughs,” Zukowski said. “We felt appreciated, we were treated royally. We all felt really special today, and I think it was a once in a lifetime kind of event.”

Zukowski opted for an “extreme makeover,” which she said entailed cutting her hair much shorter than she is used to.

The salon that hosted the teachers opened on March 1 and is part of a chain of salons owned by Laurent Dufourg, a world-renowned celebrity hairstylist.

Dufourg owns salons in New York, Los Angeles, Miami and Orlando. He began his career in Paris at the age of 16 and found success quickly. He has worked with a number of celebrities, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Johnny Depp, Sophia Loren and Tina Fey.

For him, however, days like Monday, where he gets to work with people outside of the celebrity bubble, are the most rewarding.

“It’s very easy to work on a photo shoot on a movie star, with beautiful people, with a great make-up artist,” Dufourg said. “Then for other ladies, like today, who are leaving the salon feeling like a million dollars, for me I love it. It is very satisfying.”

For the teachers he and his personnel were working on, the day was beyond satisfying.

“It was nice to be pampered and recognized for the work that we do in a totally different way,” LouAnn Gallo, who has taught at P.S. 31 for 15 years, said. “Everyone at the salon was recognizing the work that we were doing, and it was a really positive experience.”

The women were also dressed up in shirts from Foxcroft, which specializes in non-iron shirts and classic lifestyle apparel for women.

Earlier in the school year, Foxcroft visited the women and asked for their preferences in terms of patterns or solids and button downs or tunics. The women were then presented on Monday with three choices. They got to pick one of the shirts to wear for their photo shoot and to keep afterward.

In the end, the day was a happy one for everyone involved.

“It was a perfect way to start the summer,” Gallo said.
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