Many young women dream of stardom, including this month’s cover girl Kate Mara. Unlike most, though, Mara is on the verge of hitting it big time in Hollywood. Don’t yet recognize her? That’s not surprising. Mara, who most recently costarred opposite Mark Wahlberg in Shooter and was also seen in Brokeback Mountain, among others, is part of a growing group of up-and-coming actresses who would rather be known for their craft than their clothing, would rather read a script than a scandal-ridden tabloid and who shun the paparazzi as assiduously as they seek out meaty scripts. It just might be the dawning of a new age in Hollywood, and it’s one we celebrate, first in “Great Expectations,” which profiles Mara’s steady ascent in Tinseltown, then in “Up, Up and Away,” where you’ll discover six young actresses who are also on the verge of breaking into the big time.
Chances are, they’ll know they’ve hit the big time when they walk the red carpet at a major awards event like the Golden Globes or Academy Awards and the flashbulbs are blinding. After all, the red carpet is a place where appearances do count—and where countless hair and makeup trends are born. From the Globes to the Grammys, the People’s Choice Awards to the Oscars, we tracked the season’s top beauty trends. As you’ll discover in “Red, Hot and Beautiful” on page 21, there was a lot of news this spring. Smoky eyes in sultry colors (not the standard black or grey), the return of curls, the preponderance of bangs and bobs, stained lips—look for all to make a major comeback if the red carpet is any indication.
While the stars present a glamorous front on the red carpet, life behind the scenes can be anything but, as Rachel Brown discovered when she tapped into the life of movie makeup artists and hairstylists. The days are long, the pressure intense and the politics as Machiavellian as any found inside the Beltway. For an insider’s view of life on the set, turn to “Supporting Players” on page 28.
Of course, for every point, there is a counterpoint, and for the beauty industry, which has long used celebrity to add a sheen of glamour to its wares, Dove is that counterpoint. Over the last five years, the Unilever-owned brand has seen its sales in the U.S. double to $1 billion, thanks in large part to an advertising campaign that uses real women instead of models or celebrities. As Molly Prior writes in “Reality Check” on page 42, Dove’s fondness for the Average Jane taps into an emerging marketing tool of consumer-generated content. Could this signify that the public’s insatiable appetite for fame is on the wane? Probably not. But as Kate Mara and her ilk demonstrate, style and substance are the T&A of the new millennium. And that’s a welcome change.
There'll be no rest for those headed to Europe for men's, as Paris just closed the gap with Milan. According to a provisional calendar released by the Chambre Syndicale, Paris Men's Week will now open a day earlier on January 16. See new highlights on the official lineup on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
BREAKING: Jonathan Saunders is leaving @DVF. The designer has resigned from his position as chief creative officer of Diane von Furstenberg, the company said in a statement on Friday. At the time of his hire, von Furstenberg said Saunders’ arrival symbolized and facilitated her stepping back from the day-to-day duties that occupy the work of a full-time creative director. The British designer joined DVF in May 2016 and was in charge of all product categories. #wwdnews
For @versace_official’s spring ad campaign, the brand emphasized the archival prints from the spring tribute collection dedicated to the late Gianni Versace. Closing out the show were five of Gianni’s favorite models: Cindy, Naomi, Carla, Helena, and Claudia. Bowing on December 18, the new campaign is yet another tribute to supermodel-dom as the images by Steven Meisel are fronted by @iamnaomicampbell, @cturlington, @gisele and more. #wwdfashion
Four-time Oscar-nominated actress Annette Bening has been waiting 20 years to play Gloria Graham in "Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool," which will be released on December 29. The movie about Graham – a Hollywood star known for her controversial relationship with a younger Englishman named Peter Turner – is based off a memoir Turned wrote. "She felt vulnerable to him, because she loved him, she really did love him. And anyone that we really truly are in love with, we re vulnerable to in a very deep way," said Bening. Read our full interview with the modern icon of an actress on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @ninebagatelles; Styled by @cristinaehrlich)
The crisp white button down: a staple that can be dressed up or down and accessorized throughout the decades. Here, on a Art Basel-goer in 2017 on the left and on the iconic Audrey Hepburn in “Roman Holiday” in 1953 on the right. #tbt #wwdfashion (📷: Andrew Morales)
Known for her work with @victoriassecret, 25-year-old model @georgiafowler is raising her profile in Hollywood. Fowler stars in @vincecamuto’s holiday campaign, which launched in partnership with “Pitch Perfect 3.” “Almost every shoot with Vince Camuto, I’ve had to face a fear…It was definitely a challenge. I’m so grateful for it, though. I’ve always wanted to be a pop star, so that was the perfect chance,” Fowler said. Head to WWD.com to read about Fowler’s experience modeling, including at the #VSFashionShow, and her relationship with Nick Jonas. #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
EXCLUSIVE: Huda Kattan just became the first beauty influencer to land a major beauty deal. Kattan's business, @hudabeauty, has received a minority investment from private equity firm TSG Consumer Partners. The brand, which industry sources say is on track to do $200 million in retail sales for 2017, will receive support on product, retail and geographic expansion through the deal. Get all the details on the deal and read @_a_collins' interview with Kattan on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdbeauty #wwdnews
Peruvian model @juanaburga_official – who is known for walking the runways of @rodarte, @viviennewestwood and @torybuch – is making the move to the big screen with drama “Los Últimos.” The film premiered in Argentina in November and arrives in the U.S. and Europe in 2018. On making the switch from modeling to acting, Burga told WWD: “It’s a completely different thing – a lot of people think it’s similar or try to connect things, especially like getting used to the camera or being looked at all the time or playing these different characrers, but film is a completely different story.” #wwdeye (📷: @jgreenery)
London’s newly opened @designmuseum will look back on the life and work of Azzedine Alaïa in a show that the designer helped to curate before he died of heart failure last month. The retrospective, which Alaïa had worked on with Mark Wilson, chief curator of the @groningermuseum, will look at the impact of his work worldwide. The show, “Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier,” will run from May 10 to October 7. Read more about the exhibit on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @zefashioninsider)