Have you noticed how revolutions are happening faster and faster in the beauty industry? Think of the speed with which BB creams became entrenched in the market. Or the amount of time—less than five years—it took for Clarisonic to catapult into the top-five rankingin prestige skin care. This issue of WWD Beauty Inc takes an in-depth look at the developments that are most impacting the global industry now.
The aforementioned BB craze is not only indicative of the popularity of multitasking products, it also points to the growing power of Korean beauty brands. This has become particularly pronounced in China, where companies like AmorePacific Corp. and LG Household and Healthcare are establishing dominance in the midtier range of the market.
In “The Coming of Korea,” on page 22, Shanghai-based correspondent Casey Hall examines why the Korean brands are ascending and how their continued success will further impact the development of the Chinese beauty scene.
Elsewhere in this issue, Rachel Brown delves into the burgeoning beauty retail scene, as brands of all sizes aggressively open stores, and I report on the devices business, a billion-dollar category that’s growing exponentially.
But it’s not all new, new, new: On page 14, old friends Bobbi Brown and Ed Burstell muse about their many shared experiences in the beauty industry, a relationship that is still going strong. As Brown said during their chat—and the stories in this issue certainly back her up—moving forward is about one thing. “The important thing is to always be adaptable to what is needed and don’t be afraid to move things when it’s not working,” she says. “Change.”
Supermodel @helenachristensen teamed up with longtime friend and designer @camillastaerk on a joint @paredeyewear collaboration. The lineup features three styles and 11 offerings, all of which embody a vintage feel. Get all the details on how they celebrated the collab on WWD.com. #wwdaccessories #wwdeye (📷: @slovekinpics)
“It’s a hard industry to keep motivated, as well, so finding different subjects and people is what makes it worth it – when you’re like, oh, I’ve met great people, I feel like I’ve done something good, and I feel proud of having done this,” said French actress Stacy Martin on being grateful for the variety of roles she’s take on. Read @ktauer’s full interview with Martin on her her latest film “Godard Mon Amour.” #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
After showing in front of the Eiffel Tower for his last two women’s ready-to-wear collection, it looks like @anthonyvaccarello may be heading to the Big Apple. Sources say the designer will stage his next @ysl show in NYC on June 6. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
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