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.”
Taking the final spot on the mens’ portion of New York Fashion Week calendar next month will be none other than @tomford. Though he’s shown his men’s wear in New York in the past, this will mark the first time the designer has shown his men’s collection alone during New York Fashion Week: Men’s. His runway show will debut on February 6 at the Park Avenue Armory. #wwdfashion
London-based couture house @ralphandrusso has certainly been in the spotlight, having its dresses worn by @beyonce, Angelina Jolie, Meghan Markle in her engagement photos and more. For couture, Tamara Ralph focused on ornamentation — think: feathers with chain mail, jet embroidery and clusters of pearls and crystals. See the rest of the collection on WWD.com #wwdfashion #couture (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
Minnie Mouse celebrated her 90th birthday by getting her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For her celebratory luncheon, @coach’s creative director @stuartvevers dressed her in a custom made prairie dress, complete with Vever’s take on the polka dot – black sequined versions – under a cropped motorcycle jacket. The designer also put his own mark on Minnie’s classic red shoes, infusing the color with sparkles and adding some Coach crystals. “We chose colors that were very Minnie and also represented quintessential Coach elements,” said Vevers. #wwdfashion #nationalpolkadotday (📷: George Chinsee)
@nickjonas is unveiling his first-ever apparel collection through a partnership with John Varvatos. The limited-edition capsule, which makes its debut in spring, also marks the first time the designer has collaborated with anyone on a line. “The process in working with Nick is amazing. It’s inspiring to be around someone who is not only connected with the trade that they do, but also with what’s happening in the environment around him, and how that connects to what we do with style,” said Varvatos. (RG: @johnvarvatos) #wwdfashion
@margotrobbie steps out onto the red carpet wearing @miumiu. The actress is nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” in “I, Tonya” at the #SagAwards. (📷: Stewart Cook) #wwdfashion
For @massimogiorgetti of @msgm, the Nineties are his favorite decade. “They had a huge impact on my personal growth. What I like of the Nineties is that they are not so precise in terms of style as other decades…there was actually a bit of everything,” he said. As seen on MSGM’s Spring 2018 show: tie-dye and a bit of grunge, two styles that are synonymous with the decade #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @kukukuba)