ESSENCE STUDY REVEALS WOMEN’S PASSIONS: In its first segmentation study on African-American women and their psychographics around beauty, Essence found African-American women tend to be twice as likely to feel positive about their beauty. Essence data revealed that 84 percent of African-American women think they are beautiful, versus 41 percent of the general market. Also, 58 percent of African-American women said they are always proud of their look, versus 22 percent of the general market. The study discovered four distinct beauty archetypes among African-American women based on mind-set, product usage and knowledge. The different archetypes revealed Queen Bea, who has a beauty motto of “Beauty is a strategy.” The second is Sheree de la Sol, whose beauty motto is “Beauty signals to the world that I have arrived.” The third is Amber B. Free, who has a beauty motto of “Beauty is a celebration of me.” Finally, there is beauty archetype Jane Jones, who has the beauty motto “Beauty should be simple.” The Smart Beauty series, developed in conjunction with New York-based research firm Insight, yielded three different topics and relevant data, including “African-American Women and Prestige Beauty,” “Fragrance and the Retail Experience” and “The Impact of Marketing Language and Images.” Launched in 2004, Smart Beauty is a series of panel discussions targeting beauty and retail industry decision makers. MURPHY GOES GREEN: Hairstylist Kevin Murphy has teamed up with Al Gore’s leadership program, The Climate Project, to teach the stylistcommunity about the harmful effects of climate change. As a “Climate Connector,” Murphy will be personally trained by Gore to become a presenter for the organization, which will also help his personal effort to reduce the carbon footprint and environmental impact of his KEVIN.MURPHY brand. All of his products include natural ingredients from companies that use small-scale cultivation, organic growing practices, and/or wild harvesting techniques.
GREEN AMBITION: This month, Avon Products Inc. will sell an aluminum Hello Green Tomorrow water bottle in the U.S. to raise funds to limit deforestation and restore thinning tropical forests. All net proceeds from the sale of the water bottle will go to The Nature Conservancy and its efforts in the Atlantic Rainforest in South America, as well as to the World Wildlife Fund and its reforestation projects in Indonesia. This month, Avon also has refreshed the hellogreentorrow.com Web site to include tips on green living and ideas on personal environmental action. Beginning today, Earth Day, the $8 water bottle — made from recyclable aluminum — is available on the Web site and avon.com. It also is available through Avon sales representatives.
@fearofgod and @maxfieldla have teamed up on a pop-up installation. The store, located in the gallery space across from Maxfield’s Melrose Ave location, is the site of the brand’s House of God pop-up in which Fear of God founder @jerrylorenzo has created a church-inspired installation. A dozen vintage church pews sit in front of an LED screen playing 90s gospel singers in an effort to re-create an environment akin to a Southern Baptist Church, Lorenzo explained. Read more about the pop-up on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Jennifer Johnson)
Known for his sleek, sophisticated American glamour, Norman Norell is the subject of an upcoming exhibition at @fitnyc. “Norell: Dean of American Fashion,” which runs from February 9 through April 14, will feature approximately 100 ensembles and accessories. His best work is exemplified by the designer’s glittering “mermaid” gowns frosted with thousands of hand-sewn sequins – like the one pictured. (📷: William Helburn) #wwdfashion
For pre-fall 2018, @balmain didn’t let go of the glitz. A crystal embroidered baseball jacket priced at around $40,000 hangs in the “couture” section of the brand’s first men’s pre-collection. Sporting the words “Balmain Army” across the back, the item took around two months to make. “When it was completed, it was like Christmas, it was like, ‘It’s done, it’s exactly what I wanted,’” said Balmain’s creative director @olivier_rousteing during a tour of the collection in a Paris showroom on Monday. #wwdfashion
Eighty degree temperatures and outdoor installations at the annual Art Basel Miami Beach called for bright, elevated beachwear. See more street style pictures on WWD.com. #theyarewearing #ABMB (📷: @lifeinreverie)
Following September’s emotional tribute to her brother Gianni, Donatella Versace wanted to bring the spring show’s deep sense of intimacy to her @versace_official pre-fall collection. Donatella found inspiration in Versace Palazzo in Milan and from Gianni’s opulent apartment. Archival patterns and new motifs were splashed on silk shirtdresses and fitted jersey frocks. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com. #wwdfashion
Demna Gvasalia continues to shake up the Paris fashion calendar — and experiment with new runway timetables for his @vetements_official brand. WWD has learned that Vetements plans to stage its next coed show for the fall 2018 season on January 19 during Men’s Fashion Week in the French capital. Details about the timing and venue have not been confirmed — stay tuned on WWD.com to catch the latest. #wwdnews (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
@zacposen's go-to holiday gift? Cookies! "I'll usually bake cookies and send them as a gift," said the designer, who recently released his cookbook "Cooking With Zac: Recipes from Rustic to Refined." Get the recipe for his Brown Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies via link in bio 🍪🍪🍪 #wwdeye #cookingwithzac
For @monsemaison’s pre-fall 2018 collection, Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim honed in on the brand’s many signatures — men’s wear, which was tweaked and feminized through deconstruction, proportion play and lots of bare shoulders. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
On Friday night, @yohjiyamamotoofficial received the Design for Asia Lifetime Achievement Award in Hong Kong. The 75-year-old designer has been celebrated for many years and is best known for his dark and avant-garde tailoring. “In my long career, in design, architecture, [I’ve been to] so many parties, this is the very first time that I have such a warm feeling, I really appreciate this,” Yamamoto said. #wwdfashion (📷: @dominiquemaitre)