HAIR PARTY: Hairstylist Robert Vetica is having a celebrity-studded launch party to celebrate his tome, “Good to Great Hair” about achieving fab hair at home. The soiree, slated for the eve of Feb. 26, is expecting to draw Vetica’s loyal clients and friends, including Salma Hayek, Naomi Watts, Debra Messing, Avril Lavigne and Eva Longoria. The party will be held at Beso, Longoria’s L.A. restaurant. The book’s publisher, Fair Winds Press, will make a donation in support of UNICEF’s efforts to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus in honor of Hayek’s appearance on the cover of the book. J&J EXEC MOVES UP: Stefano Curti has been named president, Beauty Care, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, with U.S. and worldwide responsibility over the firm’s skin and hair care equities such as Aveeno, RoC, Lubriderm, Ambi and Clean & Clear. Curti will work out of J&J’s global headquarters in Skillman, N.J. Prior to this role Curti, an 18-year J&J veteran, was general manager, Neutrogena Corp., with responsibility for the U.S. BEACH BUMS: Rodial founder Maria Hatzistefanis knows fat never takes a holiday. That’s why she came up with Skinny Beach, a three-unit line of color-boosting and contour-refining sun-protection products launching in April. It comprises Skinny Beach SPF 15 and Skinny Beach SPF 15 Tinted lotions, which are said to firm and tone the body while improving the skin’s ability to tan, as well as Skinny Beach Sticks, a food supplement meant to aid slimming and build up natural UV protection levels. Items will sell for $55.50 at current exchange, while the sticks will sell for $70 for a pack of 14 5-g. sachets. Also in April, Rodial will add Bum Lift, a gel said to lift, firm and smooth posteriors. A 100-ml. bottle will retail at 100 pounds, or $142.
MARKET VALUE: Buoyed by price increases, sales of fragrances and cosmetics in France increased by 2.5 percent in 2008 to $9.65 billion at average exchange, according to Paris-based tracking firm Precepta, which includes all distribution channels. Volume in terms of sales was more or less flat year-on-year. Precepta forecast growth in euro terms of 1.5 percent for 2009, as companies introduce less aggressive price increases.
BUST SERUM: Skin care marketer Talika is poised to launch in April a topical bust serum that purportedly lifts, firms and adds volume to breasts by stimulating fat production. The key ingredient, called mukul bark extract, is said to stimulate triglyceride production in adipocytes, or fat cells, thus enlarging the adipocytes and, in turn, bust size, explained Talika executives. In six weeks, the bust size is supposed to increase by one cup. There are also peptides in the serum, which are designed to firm and give a lifting effect. The 1.7-oz. serum will cost $50 and will be launched at specialty stores and online at Talika’s Web site. CANDLEWICK CHRONICLES: Diptyque, the French brand primarily known for scented candles, will introduce L’Art du Soin, or Art of Body Care, a five-unit bath-and-body collection. Each item in the line is inspired by a particular location and a related key ingredient. The Lait Frais body lotion, for example, recalls Alexandria and contains orange blossom, while Gelée Lactée, a creamy body wash made with extra-virgin organic olive oil, was inspired by Aleppo in Northern Syria. L’Art du Soin will launch in mid-March worldwide except for Japan, which will get the line in the fall. Prices in the U.K. will range from $31 to $68. PARTNERS IN BEAUTY: Herbal Essences will participate in lifestyle guide Shecky’s upcoming events, where it will offer Hydration Bars that include hand massages, smoothies and product coupons. The events are scheduled for March 4 and 5 in Houston and March 11 through March 14 in New York. FRINGE BENEFITS: Neil Moodie and Paul Windle want to liberate hairstyling tools that have been stashed at the back of cupboards after unsuccessful DIY tress-taming sessions. The duo — Moodie is an editorial hairstylist and Windle owns an eponymous salon in London’s Covent Garden — is offering one-on-one Super Styling Workshops with the purchase of products from the WAM styling range they founded in 2008. “The workshops are designed to help people to learn to get the most out of every product,” said Moodie. Vouchers for workshops, which will be redeemable at the Windle salon, where trained staff will walk customers through styling techniques, will be distributed with products from March. WAM’s lineup, which was conceived to appeal to both hairstylists and nonprofessionals, includes a hair dryer, curling tongs and straightening irons. The hair dryer, which features a collapsible handle, sells for $185 at current exchange, while the curling tongs and straighteners are $171.
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Dominique Maître)
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@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)