NEW YORK — The unbuttoned white shirt could become the de rigueur fashion statement in the beauty industry this November, as the marriage of Tom Ford and Estée Lauder — arguably one of the most anticipated pairings in beauty in years — is consummated with the launch of the Tom Ford for Estée Lauder collection of color cosmetics.
And, while specifics (beyond specialty store distribution, a spring 2006 expansion and a freestanding Tom Ford brand) remain under wraps, Ford is said to be developing his own holiday collection for the company, taking inspiration from packaging and products from the Lauder archives, according to reps. Indeed, the Ford collaboration represents a new era at the venerable beauty giant. Announcing the deal last April, Estée Lauder Cos. chief executive officer William Lauder was the first to admit he hopes Ford can boost not only the business, but the overall image of the brand. "Tom Ford is one of the early 21st-century's stylemakers," he said. "He represents an ideal — he has a taste level, and the association between our two brands represents the next phase in the evolution of the Estée Lauder lifestyle and its aspirational image."
John Demsey, global president of the Estée Lauder brand, added that the Ford deal is not about "shock value," but more in line with various changes currently going on at the brand. "This is one of many moves that you'll begin to see taking place against the Lauder brand to continue its evolution," he said. "We're making moves here ... We're making moves relative to products, we're making moves toward category, to the executive structure of the brand."
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