Welcome to the new WWD Beauty Inc! This magazine marksa new era in beauty publishing for WWD, one that buildsupon our heritage of being a news leader and provides theinsight and analysis that we hope will enable you to stay onthe cutting edge of business thinking. As we were puttingthis issue together, many people in the industry asked me what prompted us torethink our editorial approach. The answer: At a time when the industry itselfis changing so dramatically—and so quickly—we knew that staying ahead of theever-evolving business curve was incumbent upon us, as well.
One of the most dramatic changes that is taking place revolves arounddemographics and age. The old distinctions that used to exist are rapidlydissolving—for proof, look no further than this month’s cover stars, the67-year-old supermodel Lauren Hutton and the 20-year-old rising starAshley Smith. Hutton, the iconic American beauty who ushered in an age ofindividualism that opened the door for generations to come, may be almost 50years older than Smith, but I think you’ll agree in looking at Ruven Afanador’swonderful pictures that the two women look like contemporaries.
But the changes revolving around agingare much more than skin deep. As PeteBorn writes in “When Worlds Collide”: “Theonce homogenous world of big-time beautymarketing is being pulled apart not only bya painful contrast between the recession- plagued countries of the West and those inthe vibrant East, but also by the wideninggap between graying Baby Boomer marketson one hand and the youth-fueled ascendantsocieties on the other.” For a fascinating andin-depth look at where this new dynamic istaking us, turn to page 30.
Not only is the world getting younger—people areliving longer, too. Over the last decade, scientists have become increasingly adeptat identifying the genetic factors responsible for aging. Already, in laboratoryanimals, they are able to manipulate genetic material and impact life span. Is thetime near when the same is possible for humans? Read about the latest advancesin the ﬁeld of aging research in “Endurance Testing” on page 36.
Of course, all of this presages a major metamorphosis for the industry, and GinaDrosos, group president of global female beauty at P&G Beauty & Grooming, willno doubt be among those who are leading the charge. As an executive who thriveson challenging the status quo, Drosos is perfectly positioned to embrace the future.“People who seek out change see opportunities that other people don’t see,” she toldme during our in-depth interview for “Master Class,” a new feature in which anindustry leader discusses his or her strategic vision and leadership style.
That sentiment perfectly sums up everything we’re trying to achieve withthis magazine. To that end, you’ll ﬁnd a number of new departments in ourpages. Corner Ofﬁce is where we turn the focus on you—the people who shapethe industry, from the secrets of a ceo to Linda Wells’ ﬁrst job (ﬁnd out whatit was on page 14) to the latest executive shufﬂes. Beauty Bulletin has thelowdown on the month’s key products and places, while Consumer Chronicles presents a multifaceted look at our industry from a shopper’s point of view—what’s selling where, who’s buying what (and why), how much is selling. Ourgoal is to inform, educate and entertain, and we hope that you’ll enjoy WWDBeauty Inc as much as we enjoyed putting it together. Drop me a line atjenny_ﬁne@condenast.com and let me know what you think.
“What he has done at Vuitton is really exceptional,” said @gameofthrones’ actress Gwendoline Christie on @mrkimjones’ final show for @louisvuitton. “He has rebooted luxury in terms of making it commercial, viable and contemporary. And most importantly artistic. He has never compromised his artistic vision for the sake of commodity.” (📷: @zefashioninsider)
After seeing a demand for men’s wear from its customers, British contemporary women’s wear label @ariesarise has added a men’s wear component and will launch a unisex collection with @mrporterlive. The 20-piece collection includes jackets, denim, logo T-shirts and more with deconstructed ‘90s vibes. Set to launch on January 18, you can shop the pieces on Aries’ website and on mrporter.com. #wwdfashion
“And so spending so much time with a character who thinks like that, inevitability you try and analyze yourself and go back and think about your own demons and dark chapters that you had in your life,” says @thedanielbruhl of his role in TNT’s “The Alienist.” The show, set in the Gilded Age of New York, also stars Dakota Fanning and Luke Evans. Head to WWD.com to read about how 39-year-old Brühl prepared for the role and why he thinks the show is so relevant to today #wwdeye ( 📷: @Eriktanner)
Now that Celine Dion’s collection has topped $10 million in sales, the pop superstar, fashion icon and newly-minted industry player is eyeing growth in Asia. Read the full report by @tiffanyap, link in bio. #wwdnews #celinedion
“My personal philosophy to beauty is paying attention to oneself. I love to be outdoors, lots of fresh air, trying to take care of yourself as best you can. I always notice that comes through,” says Felicity Jones, the global face of @shiseido-owned @cledepeaubeauteus, which launches today. Head to WWD.com to read more about the actress’ love for beauty and how she prepared for her new role in “The Basis of Sex,” playing the young Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #wwdbeauty (📷: @dandoperalski)
Among the familiar faces at @off____white’s show was a surprise figure: Japanese artist @takashipom, pictured here on Wednesday morning. Other show-goers included @jerrylorenzo, who spoke about his upcoming project: a @nike collaboration for back to school, with designs inspired by his childhood on the West Coast. Sitting in the front row were Future, Don Crawley, @miguel and more. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: Stephane Feugere)
According to @laurentsai, former “Terrace House: Aloha State” cast member, she didn’t know she was auditioning for the Japanese version of “Real World.” “I was telling a couple of my friends and someone’s like, ‘That sounds a lot like Terrace House.’ I was like, ’No it can’t be.’” Turns out, it was. But Tsai isn’t just a reality star — she’s an illustrator who has worked with Starbucks Japan and most recently, she’s dipping her toes into the fashion world. Head to WWD.com to read about her time on the show, modeling and her art. #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
More changes are coming to New York Fashion Week: Beginning with the spring 2019 collection, @alexanderwangny will move his New York show to June from September, adopting a biannual schedule with collections shown in June and December. Additionally, the @cfda is planning for an official summer/winter fashion season taking place as soon as June and December 2018. Read more about the upcoming changes on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @slovekinpics)