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.
From overseeing America’s fastest-growing speciality retailers to codifying cool, WWD talked to the women who are leading the way for the future of beauty. Check out our Instagram Stories to see how these women built today and are creating tomorrow. (📸: @hannah_khymych) #wwdbeauty
For @laperlalingerie's spring 2018 show, the brand chose to host their event at @thevenetianmacao. With Chinese megastars @bingbing_fan and @hubing in attendance, La Perla debuted a rock ‘n’ roll-inspired collection. The show marked the start of Sands Macao Fashion Week, which runs from October 19 to 24 — the city’s first such event. Pictured here are models backstage with glimmering eyes. #wwdfashion (📷: Cheuk-Yin To)
Trending for spring 2018: top stitch design. Gone are the days of stitch just for seams — designers are using the once-minimal detail to create strong decorative elements. (📷: Paola Testa; Styled by @andrew_shang) #wwdfashion
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)