You could say that crystals brought Mary Vango and Azzi Glasser together.
The two women, who share director duties for the London-based Inner Nutritional Alchemy Crystals Ltd., met at a dinner party — and later formed a company selling what they consider something of a miracle ingredient: crystal salts sourced from the Himalayan mountain region. Glasser, a perfumer for Agent Provocateur who has also developed numerous ancillaries, was experienced at product development, and Vango, an editorial makeup artist, had long wanted to develop a skin care line that would create a perfect canvas for her work.
The cornerstone of the INA line is White Gold Crystal Salt, a substance that contains 84 natural elements and minerals that are "vital to the body," noted Glasser. She added that the water-soluble complex contains all of the elements present in amniotic fluid.
The crystals, said Vango, have the same electromagnetic frequencies as the human body, creating a natural resonance that allows them to penetrate cell walls and be metabolized.
Formulating the line proved to be a complex task, said Glasser. "We wanted to put crystals in every product, but we had to make sure that they didn't fight with other elements that needed to be included," said Glasser. "The molecular structures had to be complementary." Therefore, additional ingredients were kept to a minimum and every effort was made to keep the formulas as natural as possible by using complexes such as rose, mimosa, basil, fennel and juniper essential oils and golden seaweed.
At launch, the product line will include White Gold Glow Face Wash, $42 for 3.38 oz.; White Gold Radiant Skin Tonic, $48 for 1.65 oz.; White Gold Day Moisture Cream, $52 for 1.69 oz.; White Gold Detoxifying Crystal Salts, $85 for 35.2 oz.; White Gold Purifying Face Mask, $65 for 3.53 oz., and White Gold Restoring Night Serum, $60 for 1.69 oz.
The Detoxifying Crystal Salts contain the highest concentration of the ingredient in the line. In fact, said Glasser, an intensive treatment, which involves using the entire container and 6 inches of 98-degree water, provides benefits similar to a three-day detox diet. The only things added to the crystals in this product are basil, fennel and juniper essential oils, which aid in detoxification, Glasser added.The line will be launched in the U.S. in October and will be exclusive to Space NK in the U.S. and in the U.K. Within three years, Vango and Glasser hope to expand their reach to the duty free market, as well as spas and department stores. While neither Vango nor Glasser would discuss sales projections, industry sources estimated that the line would do $4 million at retail globally in its first year on counter.
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast