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.
EXCLUSIVE: Two and half months after John Targon, cofounder and codesigner of Baja East, was hired as creative director of the contemporary division at Marc Jacobs, he has left the company, WWD has learned. Marc Jacobs International, which is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, confirmed Targon’s departure in a statement: “John Targon is a talented designer and we appreciate the work he has done here. Ultimately working together did not make sense for the brand and we wish him the best.” Read the story by @jessiredale, link in bio. #wwdnews
@theluxurycollection is officially launching a collection, tapping Sofia Sanchez de Betak for the capsule. Over 30 styles will be featured in the Chufy x The Luxury Collection, debuting next month at Bergdorf Goodman, The Webster, FiveStory and more. De Betak, known as “@chufy,” drew inspiration for the collection from her trips to Japan in the past year #wwdfashion
@lhd, founder and CEO of @thewebster, has teamed up with @lebonmarcherivegauche for the European launch of her ready-to-wear line, LHD. The launch will come with an exclusive pop-up opening today that’s set to run through May 20. Located on the second floor, it carries her debut Miami-themed resort collection, launched in November as see-now-buy-now. #wwdfashion
@longchamp, which marks its 70th anniversary this year, just opened its biggest U.S. store on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue. On the lower level there’s a floor-to-ceiling display of the brand’s iconic Le Pliage bag – in all of its different colors, shapes and sizes. Customers can also have their product personalized in-store by imprinting names, initials or emblems. #wwdfashion (📷: @ericmtownsend)
“Whenever I’m in that place of sound and music, I don’t have fear or nervousness…This album has a lot of themes of courage and boldness and I want to be the soundtrack for people’s lives. I’ll be so happy if [my songs] evoke strength in people, which I know music has done for me,” says @kimbramusic of her newest album “Primal Heart.” The New Zealand-born singer sat down with WWD to talk about her music, newest tour and connecting with hear fans — read more on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
Luxury handbag resale company @rebagofficial is planning to sell a rare collectible for $70,000: the @hermes White Crocodile Himalayan Birkin. The exclusive Birkin sold for about $100,000 in 2008, when @davidbeckham bought one for his wife @victoriabeckham to add to her collection. Read more about the rare Birkin on WWD.com #wwdaccessories
With her costume pearl necklace and what-you-see-is-what-you-get style, Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at age 92, was a straight-shooter from start to finish.
Born Barbara Pierce in New York City, Bush served as the 37th first lady, as well as the country’s second lady from 1981 to 1989. In addition to being part of the longest presidential marriage — 73 years — Bush also had the unlikely distinction of having one son, George W., become the 43rd president and another son, Jeb, run unsuccessfully in 2016. Having served as second lady during the Reagan administration’s two terms and lived all over the world during her own husband’s ascending political career, Barbara Bush made it clear that literacy — not fashion — was her priority. Read more from Rosemary Feitelberg’s obituary on the late First Lady in WWD.com, link in bio. #barbarabush #wwdnews
Western and ’90s trends have influenced denim for fall 2018. Think raw, dark and coated jeans mixed with bold prints and tough leather. #trendtuesdays #wwdfashion (Styled by @thealexbadia;📷: @ryanplett)