Although Clinique’s sales figures speak for themselves—the brand is posting blistering growth in skin care and makeup that’s almost twice the current industry average—Lynne Greene, its global president, believes in making your voice heard. It’s a lesson she learned early on, after earning a swift reprimand from a boss when she wasn’t forthcoming with a direct answer to a question she’d been asked. Since then, Greene has built a career on developing a strategic vision that’s as bold as her communications style. At Clinique, which she’s headed since 2006, Greene’s focus has been equally as direct: Respect the heritage of the brand and reinvent it for the future. Sounds so simple (simplicity is a key hallmark of Clinique), but boy, has it been successful. With its huge buzz-generating launches of late, like Even Better Clinical, Chubby Sticks and Bottom Lash Mascara, Clinique has become the brand to beat, making Greene the perfect cover story for this, WWD Beauty Inc’s first Power Issue. Discover Greene’s vision, and how she’s executed it, in “On Top of the World” on page 32.
The nine people featured in “Revolution In Bloom” are no strangers to bold visions, either, but there’s a good chance they’ll be strangers to the beauty community. Each comes from an industry outside of ours—one is a robotics expert, another is a graphic designer who has developed an intriguing, and very revelatory, system for analyzing numbers, another is the sage of social media—but what they all have in common is the ability to impact how we see the world and do business. Find out who they are (and why they matter) on page 38.
Power takes many different forms, not the least influence. Tom Pecheux is undoubtably one of the most influential makeup artists working today. A favorite of magazine editors, designers and supermodels alike, Pecheux has demonstrated the ability to bring his rarefied vision down to earth for real women, too, most recently in his work as creative director of makeup for Estée Lauder. A superchic Frenchman who seems equally at home in the worlds of prêt-à-porter and punk (he named his dog Sid Vicious), Pecheux brings all of his interests to bear in his work. To see what life is like for the artist during one of his most frenzied periods, we asked photojournalist Michael Nagle to trail Pecheux during New York Fashion Week in February. The results are in “Major Tom” on page 44. And for a complete overview of the major hair and makeup trends to emerge from the New York runways, turn to “Cool Rules” on page 11.
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)