A beauty magazine cover with no makeup and zero retouching may seem counter intuitive for a publication that’s all about, well, beauty. But in this issue of WWD Beauty Biz, we did just that. Inspired by our overall theme of the ever-burgeoning worlds of well-being and environmental responsibility, we searched for ways to present the subject with a unique point of view. After all, who wants to read another “green” magazine?
But the idea of organic beauty using nature’s own wiles—that intrigued and inspired us. And what’s more natural than the myriad colors, textures, shapes and sizes of hair? But could hair alone carry a cover, without the extra artifice of retouching or even makeup? When stylist Dennis Lanni, one of the most creative—and fearless—minds in the business, professed himself up to the challenge, we decided to find out. We think it was an eminently successful experiment. Turn to “MinMax” on page 30 to decide for yourself.
As you’ll see, bigger is better in the hairstyles Lanni created, an apt description for personal care sales in Brazil, too. The third biggest beauty market in the world, the South American country is also one of the fastest developing. That made it the ideal locale for the launch of World Wide Watch, our new feature in which we take an in-depth look at a different international market each month, from Dubai to Vietnam, Germany to Argentina.
WWW is part of an overall larger initiative for WWD Beauty Biz. With this issue, we’re taking our coverage global and welcoming new readers from our sister publication Beauty Report International. Our editors will be scouring the world to bring you the latest ideas, products, trends and news from the four corners of the globe, as well as covering the issues confronting our industry on a worldwide basis. This month, for example, Paris-based reporter Ellen Groves writes on the growing paradox between consumers’ increasing demand for natural beauty products and the strain that such demand is putting on nature itself (not to mention manufacturers).
This issue also features a global roundup of a new breed of stores that are combining beauty, health, fitness, nutrition and style. We’ve dubbed it the feel-good retail revolution, and you can read about it in “Shop Right” on page 42. We’ve also got dispatches from Hong Kong on the latest pedicure craze, from Paris on the jaw-droppingly extravagant hair and makeup looks at the spring couture shows and from California, where Deborah Szekely, the octogenarian founder of Golden Door and Rancho La Puerta spas, shares her secrets for a life well lived. Though her individual drive has led to much of her success, Szekely’s wisdom is universal. “I’m a knowledge omnivore,” she writes. “I seek out the many who specialize and I open my own mind to endless possibilities so I can adapt and adopt what they tell me.”
“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)
For men’s fall 2018, @giuseppezanotti drew on elements from streetwear, sport, biker, combat and rock ‘n’ roll. Pictured here are a pair of shoes from the collection, featuring zippers, rhinestones, and silver hardware. Head to WWD.com to see a roundup of the accessories from Milan’s men’s fall 2018 shows. #wwdfashion (📷: Andrea Delb)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of @ralphlauren’s snowboarding collection, the brand is mining its archives. The iconic brand is reintroducing vintage styles and dropping new designs for a color capsule that will be available in Ralph Lauren stores and @openingceremony on January 25. The capsule will consist of 10 pieces, including the Snow Beach Pullover, pictured here, which is a collector’s item that rapper Raekwon wore in Wu-Tang Clan’s “Can It Be All So Simple” video. #wwdfashion (📷: Tom Gould)
For @rochasofficial’s pre-fall 2018 collection, creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua channeled the sophisticated and intriguing Catherine Denevue in the film “Belle de Jour.” Polished collarless coats, midi skirts, suits and ’60s graphic motifs were all featured in the collection, adding a sense of discreet luxury. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
“We tried to produce clothing of that couture quality, but the most daunting part was that we only had a matter of days [to do it],” said costume designer Lou Eyrich, who recreated Gianni Versace’s iconic looks for @americancrimestoryfx. Eyrich searched online retailers and vintage shops for original pieces from the design house and for @penelopecruzoficial, who plays Donatella Versace. Head to WWD.com to read how she created the Versace world. #wwdfashion
Only three months after her stellar debut catwalk season, @kaiagerber has inked her first big design collaboration –– with @karllagerfeld. The collection blends Lagerfeld’s Parisian chic aesthetic and the model’s signature West Coast casual style via RTW, accessories, footwear and more. The #KarlLagerfeldxKaia collection will launch in September with a series of events. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews