Christmas is coming to stores earlier — and shoppers don’t mind. In fact, many are cheering the arrival.
Consumers along Sandy’s path were excited about the promise of the holidays as they sought refuge from dark and cold homes in stores over the past week. Even the early snowfall on the East Coast put people in the mood.
The twitter sphere is filled with tweets counting down the days to the holidays, instead of the usual grumpiness that ensues when merchants set up goods prior to Thanksgiving. The holidays usher in happy times and right now Americans want happy.
Retailers picked the right year to move merchandise into stores roughly two weeks ahead of tradition. Rite Aid has a full display of holiday fragrances along with trim-a-tree. There are prepacks of snazzy holiday looks such as sparkly nail lacquers.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is moving its Black Friday deals to Thanksgiving Day on Thursday to 8 p.m. versus 10 p.m. last year. Wal-Mart’s chief merchandising officer Duncan MacNaughton said customers want to shop earlier and go to bed earlier. He also promised the most aggressive deals the chain has ever had. Wal-Mart’s winter catalogue Beauty Scoop circular promoted Pantene Hair Expert for $7.97, Halle Pure Orchard by Halle Berry for $16 and the new Insta Gel strips from Sally Hansen for $27.97. Trends to watch mentioned in the ad were ombré nails and big hair. Tips on how to achieve the looks were provided. The back page was devoted to beautiful gift suggestions such as the Beyoncé Pulse two-piece gift set for $14.84 and the Ax Holiday Revive Basket for $15. Once again, retailers are reaching beyond traditional fragrances as gift ideas.
Ulta’s recent advertisements also have beauty-as-gift concepts, such as Boots No. 7, benefit glosses, a Smashbox try-it kit and an exclusive Urban Decay Books of Shadows with a New York City theme priced at $39.
To be sure, the products used to lure consumers in during the early events won’t primarily be beauty. But retailers hope that the exposure to the beauty offer will result in more dollars at cash registers in the last few weeks of the holiday rush. Retail stores became the center of communities during the recent storms. Many went to their local store just to charge phones or interact with other people. The store experience, rather than just ordering online, became very real once again. Now it is in merchants’ hands to keep shoppers coming back.
People, Places and Things
A few words with Lori Silverstein, chief beauty officer of Peninsula Beauty, a professional beauty retailer and salon operator garnering much attention from up-and-coming cosmetics companies.
WWDBeautyNews: How many stores do you have now? Lori Silverstein: As of Oct. 5, we are currently up to 12 store locations, with two other locations on the horizon. We just expanded into a major market by adding two new store-salons in San Francisco. This holds a very special place in my heart since I’m a fourth-generation San Franciscan and I couldn’t be more excited for the growth we are seeing from this. Within the next five years, I envision we will be up to about 20 stores. WWDBeautyNews: What are major beauty brands, are any new this year? What are top sellers? L.S.: Our top hair-care beauty brands and customer favorites include PureOlogy, Redken, Sebastian, Onesta, Lanza, Deva Curl, Macadamia. These major brands are only a few of what we have to offer. In our vast skin-care category, a few of our top sellers include Dermalogica, Murad, Ahava, Peter Thomas Roth and Bliss. Then, of course, our top nail brands include OPI, Essie, China Glaze, Seche and many others. We also have bath and body brands including Clarisonic, Pacifica, Terra Nova, Michel Design, Kneipp, and European Soaps.Our growing cosmetics section includes brands like Jane Iredale, Sorme, Tigi, Palladio and Mavala. We also sell lots of unique gifts and specialty items. Voluspa, Votivo, Paddywax, Mixture Soy Candles top the list. And when it comes to beauty accessories, like hats, scarves, jewelry and other essentials, Peninsula Beauty is one of the only beauty boutiques to carry a wide selection. These core products make up just a few of our major beauty brands to keep our customers coming back.
I always enjoy adding new and exciting products. This year, I introduced Too Faced Cosmetics, Butter London Polish, J.R. Watkins, Lomasi Gel System, Ardell Lashes and AG Haircare to our product selection and we recently relaunched the ABBA brand.
Coming soon this year we will be introducing Perricone M.D. and j.f. lazartigue. Our customers love finding new fabulous treasures in the stores, so I couldn’t be more excited about this.
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over-the-top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty