The music was pumping, the Champagne was flowing and the energy level at Tao Downtown was going up, up, up as the revelers chatted and laughed and mingled with one another. No matter that it was 10 a.m. on a frigid March morning and most of the people there had only just met: When you gather about 30 of beauty’s most innovative entrepreneurs into one room, their reason for being there—to be photographed for a WWD Beauty Inc cover story—quickly becomes superfluous, replaced by an unquenchable desire to meet each other and talk business.
This group of trailblazers—be they product marketers, digital technorati or pioneers in the services sector (or a combination of all three)—is bringing that same sense of vitality to the industry overall, ushering in a new era of talent and ideas that has the power to be as transformational as the original indie movement back in the Nineties. As Rachel Brown reports in “Electric Companies,” this is a group resolutely focused on what’s next. “Everything we do needs to be from the future,” said Carisa Janes, the founder of Hourglass Cosmetics, who will be speaking at our upcoming WWD Beauty CEO Summit in Palm Beach, Fla., along with six other rising stars.
While brands such as Hourglass are finding an avid audience in both consumers and retailers, their appeal is much wider. As you’ll read in “Let’s Make a Deal,” the mergers and acquisition scene is heating up again in beauty. Buyers, however, seem to outnumber attractive targets, with $50 million in wholesale sales the sweet spot for most deals. While most of the brands at Tao that morning aren’t there—yet—if their zeal is any indication, I’ve no doubt it will be sooner rather than later. Stay tuned.
A grooming moment between @tanfrance and @antoni last night at the The LGBT Community Center Trailblazer Awards honoring Anna Wintour, Ricky Martin and more. See more photos at WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
“It was a very surreal feeling. It wasn’t like we were in the studio together coming up with it — it’s more like he discovered it and loved it. I didn’t let myself get my hopes up, but then it happened it was very exciting,” said singer-songwriter @nombe on discovering that @pharrell would be using his song, “Cant Catch Me” on his HBO documentary series “Outpost.” The German-born singer — named Noah MacBeth — talked to WWD about feminism, using art as a platform for political expression and personal style. Read more on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
This season, denim is going west – in influence. Brands like @fathersdaughterla (pictured here), @tommyhilfiger Jeans, @levis and more are opting for raw, top-stitching styles. (Styled by @thealexbadia; 📷: @ryanplett)
20-year-old British singer @jorjasmith_ made her debut at Coachella last weekend. We caught up with her and talked about her love for Amy Winehouse, working with Kendrick Lamar on the “Black Panther” album and her fashion philosophy. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @katiedaisyla)
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)