From left: Marie Robinson; Sally Hershberger
Hershberger says she was dismayed by the secrecy, but thinks her tutelage will serve her old charges well. "These were my assistants—I got them when they didn't have one client," she tells us. "But I feel confident that I can build anybody." (This, of course, is the stylist who was the first to charge $600 a haircut a few years back.) While Robinson declined to comment, Hershberger says she has already hired replacements and promoted Robinson's former assistants, Keith Shore and Erin Bogart, who will now tend to the haircolor of Pat Wexler and Annie Leibowitz. The loss of so many key stylists "could have been a devastation, but it wasn't," Hershberger adds. "You can ask anybody who was there on Saturday. It was so crowded, Vera [Wang] was sitting on a bench in the hall."