In the golden age of Hollywood celebrity, beauty companies were content to hitch themselves to the biggest star around and ride their gilded coattails all the way to the cash register. But as every A-, B- and C-lister signed up to front a fragrance, a skin cream or the newest mascara, the magical X factor often seemed to be missing. While sales of celebrity products have stabilized, the influence of Hollywood on the national beauty psyche hasn’t. Witness the all-encompassing coverage of the Oscars, with every single aspect of an actress’ appearance analyzed and deconstructed, right down to her diamanté hair clip.
While the hoi polloi look to Hollywood for beauty inspiration, Hollywood looks to the runway as a breeding ground for upcoming trends. This year, the Oscars neatly coincided with the fall 2008 ready-to-wear shows in Paris. While there were overarching similarities in the hair and makeup looks, the execution was thrillingly different. Take red lips for example, which, combined with an otherwise bare face, was a safe, solid choice on the red carpet this year. On the runway, however, lips were bright cherry red and supershiny—and were paired with an equally strong eye. Toned down, it’s a fresh look for any aspiring starlet. Discover more influential beauty trends from each side of the divide in “Opposites Attract” on page 29.
Most notable about this year’s Oscars (other than its sheer dreariness), was the fact that not one of the winners for best or supporting actor or actress was American. Two Brits, a French woman and a Spaniard took home the awards. Hollywood has gone global. This issue’s cover girl Abbie Cornish epitomizes the new breed of international actress in Tinseltown. Sure, she’s beautiful, with quintessential golden girl looks. But even more striking is her devotion to her craft and evasion of the glitzy trappings of stardom. Part of a coterie that includes rising stars like Brit Emily Blunt, Brazil’s Alice Braga and France’s Marion Cotillard, Cornish is conquering Hollywood on her own terms. Discover how in “Ray of Light” on page 36.
Of course, Hollywood isn’t the only birthplace of stardom. Vidya Balan, Delta Goodrem, Terri Kwan, these are all women on the verge of superstardom in their own countries (India, Australia and Taiwan, respectively) and who have as much clout with consumers as a global icon like Nicole Kidman. As reporter Molly Prior discovered, more and more beauty brands are tapping into regional celebrities to promote their wares in individual markets around the world. Olay, LVMH and others share their strategy in “Meet the Locals” on page 42. Then turn to “National Pride” for eight up-and-comers from around the world—all gorgeous and all (as of press time) without beauty contracts. With the worldwide mania for celebrity showing no signs of abating, though, that’s not likely to be the case for long.
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Dominique Maître)
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)