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.
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over-the-top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty