Above and Beyond. It's the best way to characterize how far beauty companies are willing to go to satiate top retailers' appetites for exclusives.
"The beauty business is catching up with the retail apparel sector's discovery that it is very important to differentiate," says David Wolfe, creative director of the Doneger Group trend forecasting and buying service. "A product that is exclusive to one retailer is a valuable asset because it lures customers who are somewhat stupefied by the sea of sameness in brands that are so widely distributed that they have little or no cachet."
This September, niche perfumer Bond No. 9 is partnering with Saks Fifth Avenue to launch two new fragrances: Bond No. 9's Saks Fifth Avenue for Her and for Him. The deal marks the first time a specialty store has commissioned a fragrance company to produce its eponymous scents. "Ninety percent of the bottle is Saks' interpretations," said Laurice Rahme, owner and founder of Bond No. 9.
Amorepacific is giving Neiman Marcus a very special birthday present this July. To celebrate the luxury retailer's 100th anniversary, the South Korean skin care firm is introducing Time Response Skin Renewal Serum, a blend of 100 high-concentration healing botanical actives. To put things into perspective: Amorepacific uses only 10 ingredients in some of its products, while the Time Response line usually features between 40 and 60 active ingredients. Capitalizing on the regenerative power of the green tea plant, the reparative serum is designed to protect skin against free radicals and environmental aggressors, reduce inflammation to counter aging and increase micro-circulation.
In honor the @CFDA’s announcement of @iamnaomicampbell receiving the Fashion Icon Award at the 2018 #CFDAAwards, which will take place on June 4, here’s a #tbt of the supermodel on @michaelkors’ runway in 1991. #wwdfashion #wwdarchive (📷: George Chinsee)
“I was making the guacamole when my scout saw me,” says model @stuckinteenage on being discovered just six months ago while working at @chipotlemexicangrill. Since then Williams has signed with @dnamodels, walked in her first show at @calvinklein and landed on the cover of @vogueitalia – a high point of any model’s career. To read @lisajlockwood’s full interview with the model on her experiences thus far, head to WWD.com – link in bio. (📷: George Chinsee)
“I love the idea of dialogue, period. It’s where I’ve always gotten my inspiration from: hearing other women speak, their journeys and their paths,” said @hereisgina, who delivered the keynote speech during @sxsw for @createcultivate in partnership with @fossil. For her two panels, Rodriguez chose female empowering, female-led and female entrepreneurs to focus on. Head to WWD.com to read more about her thoughts on Time’s Up, growing up in a family of women and why we “need a girls’ club.” #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
Leading luxury brand are shaking things up to keep up with streetwear. Case in point: the arrival of @mrkimjones as artistic director of @diorhomme. Jones, who succeeds @Kris_Van_Assche, is seen as one of the handful of designers who can actually straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds — which could lead to even more changes at established brands. What could this mean for the rest of the menswear landscape? Head to WWD.com to find out what experts predict #wwdfashion (📷: @franckmura)
“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.