Masahiko Uotani may be Japanese by birth, but when it comes to business, he’s as direct as a native New Yorker. Ask Uotani, who became chief executive officer and president of Shiseido on April 1, his assessment of the company, and he doesn’t beat around the bush. “We’re not growing as we wanted. We’re the number-one cosmetics company in Japan,” he says, “but compared to our aspiration to be more competitive in a global market, no one is satisfied with where we are.” Such straight talk encapsulates Uotani’s leadership style, honed during his days at Columbia University, where he earned his master’s degree in business administration. There, he quickly realized that unless he pointedly schooled himself in how to engage in the vigorous debates that were a staple of classroom life in New York City but antithetical to the Japanese style of communicating, he would flounder. He did learn, and it’s just that sense of engagement and empowerment that Uotani is harnessing to bring metamorphic change to Shiseido. Meet beauty’s newest ceo in “The World According to Uotani” on page 26.
Shiseido is number five on this year’s Beauty’s Top 100, WWD Beauty Inc’s annual ranking of the world’s largest cosmetics manufacturers, edited by European beauty editor Jennifer Weil. Those who have been involved with the beauty industry for any period of time won’t be surprised when they read who occupies the top spots. But what may be eye opening is how big the biggest firms are—number-one L’Oréal, the French beauty giant, had sales of more than $30 billion, comprising 15 percent of the total market. Unilever, Procter & Gamble Co., and The Estée Lauder Cos., numbers two, three and four respectively, also posted massive figures, with Lauder surpassing the $10 billion mark for the first time in its history. Taken collectively, 2013 was mostly a positive year, with total revenues reaching $204.61 billion. Find out who’s on top—and who’s not—starting on page 35.
“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
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye