GLOBAL BEAUTY: Kyoku For Men is offering an east-meets-west take on men’s skin care. The nascent brand, which is based here, incorporates ingredients from Japan, including volcanic ash, into its formulas. Its lineup includes Daily Facial Cleanser, Exfoliating Facial Scrub, Facial Moisturizer, Oil Control Lotion, Razor Repair Balm and Lip Fuel, a lip balm. Prices in the U.K. range from $16.20 at current exchange, for a 10-ml. tube of Lip Fuel to $63.25 for a 50-ml. tube of Facial Moisturizer. “It started initially as a quest to find the best skin care products for myself,” said brand founder Dr. Asim Akhar, whose family runs a cosmetics manufacturing firm. Industry sources estimate the line will generate $1.5 million this year. Kyoku bowed on the brand’s e-tailing Web site in November. Akhar said it will begin selling through a U.K. department store later this month, though further details were not available at press time, and roll out to stores in Paris, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Tokyo and Hong Kong by 2010.
FURNISH FETISH: Agent Provocateur is offering a new take on drawers. The lingerie and beauty brand will introduce a Thirties-style trunk featuring storage compartments, a dressing table and mirror starting today. Dubbed the Agent Provocateur Marie Galante, the limited edition piece is finished with a pink leather exterior and black lacquered wood interior. Twenty-five trunks priced at $5,000 will be sold through selected Agent Provocateur stores and shop-in-shops as well as on the brand’s Web site.
HONOR BOUND: The James E. Marshall OCD Foundation, which benefits genetic research and awareness for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), will honor Heidi Manheimer, chief executive officer of Shiseido Cosmetics America, and Lesley Jane Seymour, editor in chief of More Magazine, at the fifth annual Beyond Beauty Gala. The event will be held at the Union League Club in New York on Feb. 3 and will be hosted by television and radio personality Leeza Gibbons. The Foundation was founded by Linda Marshall, president of Elysée Scientific Cosmetics, in memory of her son, the foundation’s namesake. The James E. Marshall OCD Foundation is currently one of only two organizations dedicated to raising funds for genetic research related to this debilitating disease.
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia