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.
“My personal philosophy to beauty is paying attention to oneself. I love to be outdoors, lots of fresh air, trying to take care of yourself as best you can. I always notice that comes through,” says Felicity Jones, the global face of @shiseido-owned @cledepeaubeauteus, which launches today. Head to WWD.com to read more about the actress’ love for beauty and how she prepared for her new role in “The Basis of Sex,” playing the young Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #wwdbeauty (📷: @dandoperalski)
For men’s fall 2018, @giuseppezanotti drew on elements from streetwear, sport, biker, combat and rock ‘n’ roll. Pictured here are a pair of shoes from the collection, featuring zippers, rhinestones, and silver hardware. Head to WWD.com to see a roundup of the accessories from Milan’s men’s fall 2018 shows. #wwdfashion (📷: Andrea Delb)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of @ralphlauren’s snowboarding collection, the brand is mining its archives. The iconic brand is reintroducing vintage styles and dropping new designs for a color capsule that will be available in Ralph Lauren stores and @openingceremony on January 25. The capsule will consist of 10 pieces, including the Snow Beach Pullover, pictured here, which is a collector’s item that rapper Raekwon wore in Wu-Tang Clan’s “Can It Be All So Simple” video. #wwdfashion (📷: Tom Gould)
For @rochasofficial’s pre-fall 2018 collection, creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua channeled the sophisticated and intriguing Catherine Denevue in the film “Belle de Jour.” Polished collarless coats, midi skirts, suits and ’60s graphic motifs were all featured in the collection, adding a sense of discreet luxury. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
“We tried to produce clothing of that couture quality, but the most daunting part was that we only had a matter of days [to do it],” said costume designer Lou Eyrich, who recreated Gianni Versace’s iconic looks for @americancrimestoryfx. Eyrich searched online retailers and vintage shops for original pieces from the design house and for @penelopecruzoficial, who plays Donatella Versace. Head to WWD.com to read how she created the Versace world. #wwdfashion
Only three months after her stellar debut catwalk season, @kaiagerber has inked her first big design collaboration –– with @karllagerfeld. The collection blends Lagerfeld’s Parisian chic aesthetic and the model’s signature West Coast casual style via RTW, accessories, footwear and more. The #KarlLagerfeldxKaia collection will launch in September with a series of events. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews