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.
There'll be no rest for those headed to Europe for men's, as Paris just closed the gap with Milan. According to a provisional calendar released by the Chambre Syndicale, Paris Men's Week will now open a day earlier on January 16. See new highlights on the official lineup on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
BREAKING: Jonathan Saunders is leaving @DVF. The designer has resigned from his position as chief creative officer of Diane von Furstenberg, the company said in a statement on Friday. At the time of his hire, von Furstenberg said Saunders’ arrival symbolized and facilitated her stepping back from the day-to-day duties that occupy the work of a full-time creative director. The British designer joined DVF in May 2016 and was in charge of all product categories. #wwdnews
For @versace_official’s spring ad campaign, the brand emphasized the archival prints from the spring tribute collection dedicated to the late Gianni Versace. Closing out the show were five of Gianni’s favorite models: Cindy, Naomi, Carla, Helena, and Claudia. Bowing on December 18, the new campaign is yet another tribute to supermodel-dom as the images by Steven Meisel are fronted by @iamnaomicampbell, @cturlington, @gisele and more. #wwdfashion
Four-time Oscar-nominated actress Annette Bening has been waiting 20 years to play Gloria Graham in "Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool," which will be released on December 29. The movie about Graham – a Hollywood star known for her controversial relationship with a younger Englishman named Peter Turner – is based off a memoir Turned wrote. "She felt vulnerable to him, because she loved him, she really did love him. And anyone that we really truly are in love with, we re vulnerable to in a very deep way," said Bening. Read our full interview with the modern icon of an actress on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @ninebagatelles; Styled by @cristinaehrlich)
The crisp white button down: a staple that can be dressed up or down and accessorized throughout the decades. Here, on a Art Basel-goer in 2017 on the left and on the iconic Audrey Hepburn in “Roman Holiday” in 1953 on the right. #tbt #wwdfashion (📷: Andrew Morales)
Known for her work with @victoriassecret, 25-year-old model @georgiafowler is raising her profile in Hollywood. Fowler stars in @vincecamuto’s holiday campaign, which launched in partnership with “Pitch Perfect 3.” “Almost every shoot with Vince Camuto, I’ve had to face a fear…It was definitely a challenge. I’m so grateful for it, though. I’ve always wanted to be a pop star, so that was the perfect chance,” Fowler said. Head to WWD.com to read about Fowler’s experience modeling, including at the #VSFashionShow, and her relationship with Nick Jonas. #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
EXCLUSIVE: Huda Kattan just became the first beauty influencer to land a major beauty deal. Kattan's business, @hudabeauty, has received a minority investment from private equity firm TSG Consumer Partners. The brand, which industry sources say is on track to do $200 million in retail sales for 2017, will receive support on product, retail and geographic expansion through the deal. Get all the details on the deal and read @_a_collins' interview with Kattan on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdbeauty #wwdnews
Peruvian model @juanaburga_official – who is known for walking the runways of @rodarte, @viviennewestwood and @torybuch – is making the move to the big screen with drama “Los Últimos.” The film premiered in Argentina in November and arrives in the U.S. and Europe in 2018. On making the switch from modeling to acting, Burga told WWD: “It’s a completely different thing – a lot of people think it’s similar or try to connect things, especially like getting used to the camera or being looked at all the time or playing these different characrers, but film is a completely different story.” #wwdeye (📷: @jgreenery)
London’s newly opened @designmuseum will look back on the life and work of Azzedine Alaïa in a show that the designer helped to curate before he died of heart failure last month. The retrospective, which Alaïa had worked on with Mark Wilson, chief curator of the @groningermuseum, will look at the impact of his work worldwide. The show, “Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier,” will run from May 10 to October 7. Read more about the exhibit on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @zefashioninsider)