Shopper: Vera Jiang, 25 Date/Time: 5.12.2011, 2:12 p.m. Store: The Body Shop Location: 71-03 Austin Street What's in Vera's Bag Vera Jiang, a 25-year-old graduate student at Columbia University, visited The Body Shop in Forest Hills on a Thursday afternoon to browse the cosmetics and skin care. “I came in because I needed body massage oil and saw there was a sale, so I started shopping,” says Jiang, who moved to New York from China two-and-a-half years ago and is working on a PhD in archeology. Jiang says she prefers shopping online for beauty products and names her favorite brands as Lancôme, Olay and Kiehl’s. “Normally I find something I like and just keep refilling it,” she says. “I’ll usually buy hair care at drugstores, and overall have a very simple beauty philosophy.” On this day, The Body Shop was offering “buy three get one free” on skin care and makeup. “I didn’t know too much about the products and which would be good for me,” says Jiang. “The saleswoman gave me good recommendations but wasn’t pushy.” Jiang liked the experience enough to say she’d be back in the future.
Shopper: Sonia Rahman,29 Date/Time: 5.12.2011, 3:23 p.m. Store: Duane Reade Location: 107-16 Continental Avenue What's in Sonia's Bag Sonia Rahman, a 29-year-old Richmond Hill resident, stopped by Duane Reade after lunching with a friend in Forest Hills. “I’m drawn towards soothing products and brands that work for sensitive skin,” says Rahman, who adds, “I love candles and anything vanilla-scented.” Currently enrolled in photography and ceramics classes part-time, Rahman says she is always looking for new brands and products that won’t irritate her skin and that will fit easily into her streamlined beauty routine. “I avoid anything with too many chemicals in it,” she says. Rahman, who is originally from Bangladesh, says she is influenced by Indian beauty culture and couldn’t live without head-to-toe moisturizing and black eyeliner. “It’s part of who I am,” says Rahman. “I like to keep it pretty basic but also like a little glamour from time to time.” Naming her favorite brands as MAC and Clinique, Rahman says she isn’t afraid to try new products. “I’ll try almost anything once, but if it makes me break out I won’t use it again,” she says.
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews
@prada is introducing a new project at its men’s fall 2018 show this Sunday: “Prada Invites.” The fashion house invited four celebrated creative minds – @ronanaerwanbouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, @herzogdemeuron and @rem.koolhaas – to each create a unique item with its iconic nylon material. The designs will be unveiled on the runway show, which will take place at the company’s warehouse in Viale Ortles 25. #wwdfashion #mfwm (📷: @martinocarrera)
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion