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.”
@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)
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“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