Dr. Jean-Michel Karam is an expert in the field of micro- electro-mechanical systems, and although he always suspected his work had applications for the beauty industry, he long resisted exploring them. “I had a bad opinion of the cosmetics industry,” he confessed to West Coast beauty editor Rachel Brown, summing up his opinion in two words: “pure marketing.” The Frenchman did, finally, approve the development of a skin care device within his company, which turned into a complete line called Ioma, which is launching in the U.S. this fall at Saks. The devices measure different parameters of a customer’s skin (moisturization, wrinkle depth, etc.), then prescribe a regimen that will result in measurable improvement about two months later. The line is expected to reach worldwide revenues of about $20 million this fall—but it’s not the numbers that have made Karam a believer in beauty, as you’ll read in “The Measure of a Man”. It’s the science.
Indeed, this entire issue is devoted to the beauty industry’s quest for discovery. Jennifer Weil, our European editor, traveled to Darmstadt, Germany, where she toured Procter & Gamble’s research facilities for its professional hair care and devices businesses. There, she found a veritable world of wonder—from microscopes that magnify a hair strand up to 3 million times to acoustic cameras able to pinpoint the precise spot where an electrical device is malfunctioning. For a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of this beauty behemoth, turn to “Inside Oz”.
Exclusive: @dsquared2 signs fragrance licensing agreement with Euroitalia, with the first effort of the new partnership being unveiled in September. The brand will launch two scents – one for men and one for women – in Italy. Read our interview with designer Dean and Dan Caten on WWD.com. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: @zefashioninsider)
@louisvuitton has officially renewed Nicolas Ghesquière’s contract as artistic director of women's collections. "I am very pleased to open the next chapter of the story I started with Louis Vuitton almost 5 years ago," said Ghesquière, who first signed on to design the French luxury brand's women's line in 2013. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
“I learned then and there that I had to figure out a way in life to maintain and preserve my sense of pride when I felt good about what I did or what I represented or created,” said @saintrecords on how being bullied for wearing capri pants inspired her to be the artist she is today. Knowles was at the 70th Parsons Benefit last night where she outbid the room for a Dapper Dan customized @gucci experience. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
“There’s this amazing braintrust of people who know the whole universe so well. So we talked to them and they gave us more input,” said actor Alden Ehrenreich on playing the young Han Solo in “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” The cast was at NYC’s SVA Theatre last night for an advanced screening of the film, which hits theaters this week. #wwdeye #starwars #hansolo (📷: @aurorarosedecrosta)
@asaprocky spent nearly two hours in a Plexiglas box Sunday night at @sothebys putting himself through a series of “tests” to demonstrate the process of completing his new album called “Testing.” Get all the details and see all the pictures on WWD.com. #wwdeye
“I’ve struggled my whole life to find a bathing suit that fits me that doesn’t look like a maternity bra. I’m proud of the line because it’s an accurate representation of me rather than me putting on someone else’s clothes,” says @atlantabean of her swimwear collaboration with @piaarrobio, LPA X ATL. The two decided on a swimwear collab and increased the industry standard size for the pieces. Read more about the line — and our interview with de Cadenet Taylor and Arrobio — on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Dan Doperalski)
Exclusive: Cate Blanchett has been named the first global beauty ambassador for @armanibeauty. Blanchett has been the face of the brand’s Sì fragrance franchise since 2013, and is now representing all of the label’s beauty categories including makeup and skin care. #wwdbeauty (📷: @zefashioninsider)