When we were generating ideas for this, the first issue of WWD Beauty Inc devoted to creativity, I knew there could be only one cover subject: Pat McGrath, the superstar makeup artist who is as influential as she is inventive.
McGrath, as is her way, didn’t immediately say yes. Later, I found out over the course of our interviews that it took her roughly the same amount of time to consider director David Fincher’s offer to create the look for Rooney Mara’s character in the film, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. As I learned, McGrath is an absolute perfectionist who won’t take on any project—a shoot, a show, an interview, a film—unless she’s absolutely sure that she can deliver what’s expected to her very exacting standards. Happily, she agreed to be profiled, and gave WWD Beauty Inc unprecedented access to her magically creative world for our story, “In Living Color.”
McGrath creates the makeup looks for some of the best-known designers on the planet—Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Lanvin, Louis Vuitton and on and on. Whereas once the work of such designers hardly intersected with hers, more and more fashion designers are entering the world of color cosmetics with launches of their own. The terrain for such brands is treacherous, littered with unsuccessful attempts from names like Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren and Diane von Furstenberg. Come August, however, giants like Marc Jacobs and Michael Kors will test the water with makeup, while others including Gucci and Christian Louboutin reportedly have lines in the works. Have designers finally come into their own at the beauty counter? Find out what the market’s top analysts think in “When Worlds Collide.”
Designer Thierry Mugler and his fragrance partner, Groupe Clarins, were absolutely fearless 20 years ago when they launched Angel. The fragrance broke the rules of traditional scent marketing—and won big. Today, Angel is a bestseller worldwide. Printemps’ Charlotte Tasset tells European beauty editor Jennifer Weil in “The Halo Effect.” “It was a concept that was audacious, innovative and brought a new approach to selective perfumery.” Doubtless McGrath would be the first to agree that creativity comes in many forms indeed.
@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)
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews