Lucy de Castenou
High Fashion, Home and Furniture Designer
& Creative Collaborator on Horsing Around
Lucila del Carmen de Castenou was born into a large, creative family
in the state of Sinaloa, Mexico. Inspired by her mother and aided
by her older sisters she began making her own clothes and styling
her own hair at an early age and enjoyed playing at interior design
the way some young girls play house with dolls.
Hair Fashion: Shortly after immigrating
with her family to the United States at the age of 17, Lucy was
spotted for her talent with her own hair while strolling past a
high-end beauty salon in Beverly Hills. With the salon owner’s
encouragement she attended cosmetology school – where she
rapidly received recognition and awards for her outstanding natural
Soon, Lucy was working for Gene Shacove, the Hollywood icon and
hairstylist to the stars who was portrayed by Warren Beatty in the
Robert Towne movie, Shampoo. Many of her clients would
go to great lengths to ensure that Lucy was available to prepare
their hair for large events and would accept no one else in her
pace. On several occasions clients reported stopping strangers on
the street in a town in which they were traveling to find out who
in the local area had styled their hair so beautifully. The answer
came back each time – ‘My friend Lucy in Beverly Hills.’
Homes & High Fashion: From designing
hair and make-up Lucy turned her creative spirit and business savvy
to buying, transforming and re-selling homes in Beverly Hills.
Later, while visiting an international community of artists in
India, she began transforming leather and beads into belts, handbags
and jewelry. Within 18 months of beginning this project her beautiful
accessories were on display at Saks 5th Avenue and other fine stores
across the country.
Clothing Designs: In 1990, Lucy opened
the doors on Lucy de Castenou – her exclusive couture
shop on Brighton Way in Beverly Hills. Since that time she has been
dressing celebrities, royalty and dignitaries in everything from
strictly practical business attire to stunning evening gowns.
By combining distinctive elements from various eras – in
the world’s most exclusive and exquisite natural fabrics –
Lucy is able to create timeless classics that stay fresh for years.
This year, for the first time, she is introducing her line of prêt-à-porter
along with her bridal collection.
Beauty & Wardrobe Consultant: Lucy’s
clients are always eager to have her apply her creative magic for
bringing out the beauty of their face and form through make-up tips,
hair styling and high fashion.
Toward that end, she is writing a book to reveal the secrets she
has imparted for years to the women from around the world who have
made her shop a destination point – How to Dress Like
a Millionaire and Make Your Wardrobe an Investment.™
With the insights she provides in this book, readers will be able
to assemble and maintain a moderately-priced wardrobe that will
allow them to remain in fashion for years to come wherever they
go and on every occasion.
Furniture Designs: In 1997, Lucy began
designing wood furniture in the country French and English styles
with her daughter, Samantha McClure. Since its inception, Redford
has been serving major clients throughout the world.
Antiques du Monde (www.antiquesdumonde.com)
is another of Lucy’s successful ventures in providing beautiful
furnishings for home and office. She and her partners find the rare
treasures they offer through their travels in Europe and around
the United States.
WordMagic Global: In 2006, Lucy collaborated
with writer and long-time friend, Laurel Airica, to form WordMagic
– a company that will be offering books, CDs, cards and clothing
that communicate positive, insightful and uplifting messages through
humorous, provocative wordplay and verse. Horsing Around, The
Inside Word on Marriage and Horses is their premiere offering.
* * *
Lucy’s creative capacities and business endeavors really
know no bounds. So discerning are her eyes and clever her hands
that she once watched a person play a song on the piano and then
duplicated the pattern of his fingers on the keyboard to reproduce
the music – without prior training.
Similarly, with just a few months of training in sculpting, she
was producing works of exceptional artistry that were selected for
display in the school’s art gallery. She is also a landscape
artist – both with paint on canvas and in the gardens of the
homes she buys and remodels to rent or sell.
Though the areas in which she expresses her creative genius are
highly varied, Lucy’s intentions are always the same: to enhance
the beauty and lift the spirit of every head, heart and mind she
touches with her artistry. Now, through her WordMagical
collaboration with Laurel, Lucy’s love will touch many more
lives. For a portion of the profits from all their endeavors will
go to nonprofits that help children in need.