The seventh WWD Beauty CEO Summit will open Monday evening at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Fla., with a presentation by Myron E. "Mike" Ullman 3rd, chairman and chief executive officer of J.C. Penney Co. Inc. Ullman will be interviewed by Edward Nardoza, editor in chief of WWD.
As one of the chief agents of change in American retailing, Ullman is a fitting choice to open a conference titled "Beauty's Changing Nature." The topic has already proven to be compelling, since the conference has already set a new attendance record — drawing registrations from nearly 240 industry executives.
Perhaps that's because the theme is an apt description of the current state of the industry, which appears to be in flux on virtually every front — from the profile of the new consumer, to her shopping habits, to her daily priorities in choosing products to her preferences in the kinds of ingredients she trusts. It's a new era.
That is one of the reasons why there are more retailers than usual from different venues and regions in the lineup of speakers. In addition to Ullman, they include Stephen I. Sadove, chairman and ceo of Saks Inc.; Mindy Grossman, ceo of IAC Retailing; Paolo de Cesare, president and ceo of Printemps Department Store, Paris; Govind Shrikhande, ceo of Shopper's Stop Ltd. from India; Minda Gralnek, vice president and creative director of Target Corp., and Guy Look, chief financial officer of Sa Sa International Holdings Ltd. in Hong Kong.
While the retailers provide the closest proximity to this newly emerging consumer, there also have been a number of emerging brands that have appealed to her tastes. This group is represented by John Replogle, president and ceo of Burt's Bees Inc.; Leslie A. Blodgett, ceo of Bare Escentuals Inc., and digital expert Lars Bastholm, executive creative director of AKQA New York.
But the meeting would not be a summit without voices from the major competitors who shape much of the market. They will be represented by Paolo Gasparrini, president and managing director of L'Oréal China; Virginia Drosos, president of global personal beauty for Procter & Gamble Beauty; William P. Lauder, ceo of the Estée Lauder Cos. Inc., and Carsten Fischer, corporate executive officer and chief officer of the international business division of Shiseido Co. Ltd.Meanwhile, much of the fuel for these meetings comes from the panel discussions — and this summit is no exception. One panel will profile the new consumer and the other will explore the mergers and acquisitions phenomenon. No cosmetics meeting is complete without a market analysis, and that will be ably provided by Wendy Liebmann, founder and ceo of WSL Strategic Retail Inc.
Taking the final spot on the mens’ portion of New York Fashion Week calendar next month will be none other than @tomford. Though he’s shown his men’s wear in New York in the past, this will mark the first time the designer has shown his men’s collection alone during New York Fashion Week: Men’s. His runway show will debut on February 6 at the Park Avenue Armory. #wwdfashion
London-based couture house @ralphandrusso has certainly been in the spotlight, having its dresses worn by @beyonce, Angelina Jolie, Meghan Markle in her engagement photos and more. For couture, Tamara Ralph focused on ornamentation — think: feathers with chain mail, jet embroidery and clusters of pearls and crystals. See the rest of the collection on WWD.com #wwdfashion #couture (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
Minnie Mouse celebrated her 90th birthday by getting her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For her celebratory luncheon, @coach’s creative director @stuartvevers dressed her in a custom made prairie dress, complete with Vever’s take on the polka dot – black sequined versions – under a cropped motorcycle jacket. The designer also put his own mark on Minnie’s classic red shoes, infusing the color with sparkles and adding some Coach crystals. “We chose colors that were very Minnie and also represented quintessential Coach elements,” said Vevers. #wwdfashion #nationalpolkadotday (📷: George Chinsee)
@nickjonas is unveiling his first-ever apparel collection through a partnership with John Varvatos. The limited-edition capsule, which makes its debut in spring, also marks the first time the designer has collaborated with anyone on a line. “The process in working with Nick is amazing. It’s inspiring to be around someone who is not only connected with the trade that they do, but also with what’s happening in the environment around him, and how that connects to what we do with style,” said Varvatos. (RG: @johnvarvatos) #wwdfashion
@margotrobbie steps out onto the red carpet wearing @miumiu. The actress is nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” in “I, Tonya” at the #SagAwards. (📷: Stewart Cook) #wwdfashion
For @massimogiorgetti of @msgm, the Nineties are his favorite decade. “They had a huge impact on my personal growth. What I like of the Nineties is that they are not so precise in terms of style as other decades…there was actually a bit of everything,” he said. As seen on MSGM’s Spring 2018 show: tie-dye and a bit of grunge, two styles that are synonymous with the decade #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @kukukuba)