After failing the typing test seven times in a row, I started my first real job as a beauty assistant at Vogue. On my first week, I racked up 44 hours in overtime, partly because I wanted to prove myself, but mostly because it took me twice as long to do the basic tasks. Like typing.
Being the new kid meant I was thrown on the least desirable assignments. I took an aerobics dance class at a disco with Richard Simmons. I was sent to California to learn about the Today contraceptive sponge—and came home with a suitcase full of samples. One day, Max Huber, the inventor of Crème de la Mer, came to the office when everyone was at lunch. He demonstrated his new cream to me, which was so pure, he said, you could put it in your eye. He did. It was so pure you could eat it. And he did.
The beauty department was populated with real characters, and each one taught me lessons that I use today. Karen Anderegg showed me how to write and edit. Andrea Robinson explained beauty photography. And Shirley Lord guided me in the beauty business. I made less money than I did as a babysitter, but I had the medicine cabinet of a trophy wife. I owned so many shampoos that I could have washed each strand with a different formula. On dark days when I feared I’d be fired, I consoled myself with the knowledge that at least I had enough bath gel to last a few decades.
[EDITOR’S NOTE:Linda Wells will celebrate her 20th anniversary as the founding editor of Allure magazine in March.]
Yesterday, the Parisian fashion house @azzaro_official cut the ribbon on a temeporary retrospective at the wing of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. The exhibition, which shows the lasting influence of the brand’s founder Loris Azzaro, is titled “Azzaro, Fifty Sparkling Years” and presents 50 looks. In it’s ’70s heyday, fans of the brand included Jane Birkin, pictured here, Raquel Welch, Brigitte Bardot and more. See more photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@trinaturk and @macys Inc International Concepts line are linking up on a collection for summer — filled with accessories, swimwear and shoes. The collection will also include a Mr Turk men’s line, both of which are the designer’s first entry into a more accessibly priced area. “It’s very world-traveler, gypset-inspired,” said Turk. The Trina Turk x INC line will launch on May 15th. #wwdfashion
Assouline is paying homage to the late Azzedine Alaïa with a reprint of "Alaïa Livre de Collection.” The book is comprised of photographs of the designer's summer 1992 runway show with models Christy Turlington Burns, Naomi Campbell and Tyra Banks, pictured here at right. #wwdfashion #alaia #tyrabanks
Fall 2018 accessories take on a painterly hue, with Nebulas Blue among Pantone’s top 10 colors of the season. (📸: @jonghyupstudio ; editor: @twallz21 ; stylist and set designer: @haideefindlaylevin ) #wwdaccessories
@americanapparelusa is relaunching the brand outside of the U.S. today, opening its online store to more than 200 countries. The company is also contemplating a return to brick-and-mortar, though details have not been confirmed. In tandem with the expanded distribution is a recasting of a social media ad campagn, called “Back to Basics,” pictured here, with a focus on diversity and a cast of models above the age of 21. Read more on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion
Exclusive: @britneyspears is continuing to expand her brand. The pop icon, who appears in @kenzo ’s latest campaign, is partnering with Epic Rights to launch a line of branded merchandise. Read @hernameislex ‘s story, link in bio. #wwdnews #britneyspears
The Duchess of Cambridge channeled Princess Diana’s look upon giving birth to Prince Harry, when she and the Duke of Cambridge departed the hospital with the new baby Prince this afternoon in London. #wwdeye #princeofcambridge
The new Prince of Cambridge has arrived! The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge posed with the 8-pound newborn. She wore a look from one of her go-to designers, @jennypackham. Tap link in bio for more. #wwdeye #princeofcambridge