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.
My character, Dinah Madani, is just the coolest, [most] badass woman imaginable," says @amberroserevah. The actress stars in @marvel's newest series on @netflix, @thepunisher. To prepare for her role, Revah sat down with Homeland agents to get a real sense of with Dinah's day-to-day life is really like. Read our full interview on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
A scene from the 91st annual @macys Thanksgiving Day Parade. The parade, which boasts 50 million TV viewers and 3.5 million on-site spectators, is considered one of the largest and most watched parades in the world. (📷: Jason Szenes/EPA-REX)
The circus came to @bloomingdales 59th Street on Tuesday night and lit up Lexington Avenue with acrobatic dancers, death-defying knife throwing, sword swallowing and aerial acts with no net. The 45 minutes of theatrics built up to unveiling the holiday windows depicting @swarovski crystal-encrusted circus pieces and scenes from “The Greatest Showman” – songs from the soundtrack included. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Joshua Scott)
The psychedelic fashion that pervaded the ’60s is back with an exhibit at the @museumofcityny. “Mode New York: Fashion Takes a Trip” chronicles the changing styles from 1960 through 1973 and features designers such as @ysl, @oscardelarenta and more. The exhibition, which is on display through April 1, is organized into four periods: First Lady Fasion, Youthquake, New Bohemia and New Nonchalance. Pictured here is model Pat Bardonella during the Garvey Day Parade in 1968. (📷: @kwamebphoto) #wwdeye #wwdfashion
“People should be a lot more honest in expressing both the dark and light of themselves. We need to give each other the space to do that because it’s the only way we can grow and evolve,” says @noelwells of her new film “Mr. Roosevelt,” which is largely based on her own struggles. Unexpectedly leaving @nbcsnl in 2014 after just one season, Wells felt set back in her self-esteem and career trajectory. She quickly refocused her energy to more personal projects, which led to the completion of “Mr. Roosevelt.” Read the rest of WWD’s interview with the “Master of None” actress on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
@barbrastreisand is giving fans a chance to see her perform up close in a new concert series, which makes its debut on @Netflix today. From behind-the-scenes takes to her concert performance in Miami last December, the two-hour streaming special captures Streisand in her element. Pictured here is the singer/actress photographed for WWD in 1963. (📷: Palmieri Tony) #wwdeye #wwdarchive
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Dominique Maître)
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)