It may have been 8 a.m. on a Saturday, but it didn't seem that the crowds descending on Martin's West needed much coffee. The atmosphere itself seemed caffeinated, as some 2,000 guests began taking their seats at the Fullwood Foundation's annual benefit and recognition breakfast. Red-suited volunteers helped guests find their seats at tables decked out in red and black. Foundation co-founder Elnora Fullwood and her daughter, board member Paquita Fullwood-Stokes, finished readying the black-and-red-swagged dais that stretched almost the entire width of the ballroom.
"This started as a group of 300 folks at the Forum Caterers in 1987, and it's just blossomed!" crowed committee member Herbert Sledge, who noted that now the breakfast is sold out months in advance.
In the VIP room, excitement mounted as some 50 honorees lined up to make their entrance. However, there was one obvious VIP absence -- foundation co-founder Harlow Fullwood, who has been in a hospital since the fall. So, it was up to Elnora Fullwood, his wife, to welcome her guests of honor and kick off the festivities. She was rewarded with a standing ovation.
A DRINK WITH DEAN KRAPF
Hairstylist's finest feature: discretion
If there's an "it" hairstylist in the Baltimore area, "it" is Dean Krapf. After developing a loyal following at Giuseppe's Hair Studio in Parkville, Krapf and colleague Mario Rentuma opened their own boutique, Lluminaire Salon, in Towson in 2004. Krapf, 42, is not only responsible for the heads of many of Baltimore's movers and shakers, he's also a popular hairstylist and makeup artist for photo shoots and film work. He's so busy these days he no longer can accept new clients.
Except one. Last fall, he worked as Nicole Kidman's private hairstylist for the months she lived in Baltimore while she was filming The Visiting.
We met with Krapf at Zia's Cafe / Juice Bar, "a couple doors down" from his salon.
What was Nicole Kidman like?
She was already one of my favorite actresses. And now, she's one of my favorite people. She is kind, extremely bright and has a great sensibility about people. Her fame -- or her success -- has not taken away from her ability to be appreciative and gracious.
Any inside scoop?
The whole deal with being a hairdresser is that you don't kiss and tell. And if I would share anything, it's that Nicole should be known for her body of work and not her personal life. I'd like to respect that.
You also worked with her co-star, the new James Bond, Daniel Craig. What was he like?
He was charming! Very down to earth with a great sense of humor. Even about himself. He's not caught up in his own ego.
That "kissing and telling" rule is key to what you do. And you do see a lot of important people around town.
There are very few professions that give you permission to be closer through touch, through conversation. The whole process [of hair styling] is intimate in itself. It's the relationship [with the client] that's important to me. If that doesn't work, then clients get less than what I can offer them. When you care about the people, it allows you more freedom to be more creative, more intuitive, more supportive.
There have to be days when caring and listening aren't what you feel like doing.
You know, people create their own drama. Sometimes it's good. And sometimes we forget that life is bigger than ourselves.
Do you create your own drama?
I've been told that I'm consistently calm.
Do you ever get silly?
Absolutely. I love to cut up with friends. And I have a very quirky sense of humor. I think life is somewhat like a movie. Sometimes it's best just to sit back and watch!
DEAN KRAPF'S DRINK
RED MANGO SMOOTHIE AT ZIA'S CAFE / JUICE BAR, TOWSON
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