Wende Zomnir knows how to make her presence felt.The winner of WWD Beauty Inc’s first Impact Award, Urban Decay’s cofounder looked to the brand’s initial mission statement from 1996 when accepting her award Thursday morning during the publication’s annual awards ceremony held in Manhattan’s Rainbow Room.“When we started Urban Decay, my goal wasn’t to knock on the door of the cosmetics department, my mission was to knock it down,” Zomnir said. “Back in 1996 I wrote a brand statement that said, ‘Urban Decay is makeup for self-expression. It’s for girls and boys who want to rattle the notion of what beauty is.’”With that unshakable vision and an assortment of unconventional products, like edible sparkly body powder and punk-inspired nail polish, Zomnir transformed the brand, now owned by L’Oréal, from an indie darling into the second-largest makeup brand in the U.S., all the while maintaining an ethos of inclusivity and self-expression.“The standard notions of beauty aren’t so strict anymore and that’s one of the cool things that Urban Decay and a lot of other indie brands have done for this industry and our customers,” she said. “It’s opened up a world of beauty customers who didn’t feel included before. They feel included now.”During the presentation, Conor Begley, cofounder of Tribe Dynamics, presented four key social media trends in beauty during 2017 and their expected impact for the year ahead: increased investment in influencers, customers buying products based on other customer reviews; increased growth in social media for skin and hair-care categories, and more diversity among products and brands.“This will lead to a redefinition of the way demographics have historically been used,” he said of the last point. “We’re moving toward more inclusivity and diversity with whom we work with and a more one-to-one conversation between the brand and the influencer.”An emotional moment during the event came when WWD’s longtime executive beauty editor Pete Born, who assumed the role of editor at large in October, was presented with the Visionary Award. Phasing out the Visionary Award in his honor, starting next year the main award will be the Peter Born Impact Award.“I’ve been here for 27 years because I’ve had a front row seat to the greatest show on earth accompanied by the greatest crew,” he said. “I love this industry and the people in it because it has both a mind and a heart. It is a business with a strong pulse and as someone who came out of college with the idea to be a science writer, I was attracted to a business that combines chemistry, art and psychology.”Here, a full list of this year’s winners:Product of the Year, Prestige: It Cosmetics Bye Bye Lines Foundation (color cosmetics), Nannette de Gaspé (skin care), Floraïku (fragrance)Product of the Year, Mass: Burt’s Bees Beauty (color cosmetics), St. Ives Mixing Bar (skin care), Maui Moisture (hair care)Brand of the Year: Too Faced Cosmetics (prestige), Maybelline New York (mass)Retailer of the Year: Bloomingdale’s (prestige), Wal-Mart (mass), Coty Inc. and Story (specialty)Newsmaker of the Year: Brandon Truaxe, founder of Deciem, The Abnormal Beauty Company, and Kylie Jenner, chief executive officer of Kylie CosmeticsDigital Innovator of the Year: Shiseido and MatchCo (prestige), Morphe (mass), Wunder2 (specialty)Indie of the Year: Drunk ElephantInfluencer of the Year: Marianna HewittDisrupter of the Year: JulepFounder’s Award: Jo Horgan, founder, Mecca BrandsBrand Builder of the Year: Tevya Finger and Daniel Kaner, cofounders and copresidents of Oribe Hair Care, Tarang Amin, chief executive officer of E.l.f. BeautyLaunch of the Year: Fenty Beauty by Rihanna (prestige), Beauty Pie (mass)Corporate Social Responsibility: The Estée Lauder Cos. Breast Cancer CampaignThe Impact Award: Wende Zomnir, cofounder, Urban DecayThe Visionary Award: Pete Born, editor at large, WWD
For its next men’s wear collection, @roberto_cavalli will show as a special guest at #PittiUomo, running from June 12-15. The brand, which has Florence in its roots, will relaunch its men’s wear collection, which will be presented separately from women’s wear for the first time since Paul Surridge was appointed creative director in May. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
“I was making the guacamole when my scout saw me,” says model @stuckinteenage on being discovered just six months ago while working at @chipotlemexicangrill. Since then Williams has signed with @dnamodels, walked in her first show at @calvinklein and landed on the cover of @vogueitalia – a high point of any model’s career. To read @lisajlockwood’s full interview with the model on her experiences thus far, head to WWD.com – link in bio. (📷: George Chinsee)
“I love the idea of dialogue, period. It’s where I’ve always gotten my inspiration from: hearing other women speak, their journeys and their paths,” said @hereisgina, who delivered the keynote speech at the @sxsw conference for @createcultivate, the online platform and conference series for women. For her two panels, Rodriguez chose female empowering, female-led and female entrepreneurs to focus on. Head to WWD.com to read more about her thoughts on Time’s Up, growing up in a family of women and why we “need a girls’ club.” #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
Leading luxury brand are shaking things up to keep up with streetwear. Case in point: the arrival of @mrkimjones as artistic director of @diorhomme. Jones, who succeeds @Kris_Van_Assche, is seen as one of the handful of designers who can actually straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds — which could lead to even more changes at established brands. What could this mean for the rest of the menswear landscape? Head to WWD.com to find out what experts predict #wwdfashion (📷: @franckmura)
“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.