NEW YORK — On the heels of capturing the CEW Indie Award held here May 9th, Nancy Jarecki, founder of Betty Beauty Inc., is literally out of breath.
"The excitement really hit me when I went to the bathroom after getting the award and 20 women were applauding me," said Jarecki, who created a hair color "for the hair down there." It seems Betty clients admire the company's attractive, blonde founder, though usually behind closed doors. But winning the coveted Indie Award may break Betty out of the closet.
"We as a society may think it's taboo [to talk about the hair down there] but [my customers] are helping break the notion that these things are too racy," she said.
Last year Jarecki brought Betty to about 5,000 spas and salons, in nine different shades, including a hot pink number. But things are getting more colorful. Planned for 2008 is Malibu Betty, which has a bright, aqua blue shade, and Blonde Betty, which has a sandy blonde hue. Both Betty items include Charmcils, or stencils. Malibu kits come with dolphin and palm tree stencils, and Blonde kits come with flower and butterfly stencils. Each kit sells for $19.99 and has enough formula for two applications (usually). There's also a Bridal Betty available in the bright blue Malibu Betty shade (for that "something blue") complete with wedding-themed stencils such as a dove and a heart. A men's line is also in the works, with black and brown-colored formulas for men's hair down there.
For 2009, a face foundation formulated to hide scars is in the works. Called Best Skin Ever, Jarecki had been looking for such a foundation after suffering from burns on her face resulting from an accident. "You can't even tell you have makeup on," she said of the new foundation, which will retail between $30 and $50.
“My personal philosophy to beauty is paying attention to oneself. I love to be outdoors, lots of fresh air, trying to take care of yourself as best you can. I always notice that comes through,” says Felicity Jones, the global face of @shiseido-owned @cledepeaubeauteus, which launches today. Head to WWD.com to read more about the actress’ love for beauty and how she prepared for her new role in “The Basis of Sex,” playing the young Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #wwdbeauty (📷: @dandoperalski)
For men’s fall 2018, @giuseppezanotti drew on elements from streetwear, sport, biker, combat and rock ‘n’ roll. Pictured here are a pair of shoes from the collection, featuring zippers, rhinestones, and silver hardware. Head to WWD.com to see a roundup of the accessories from Milan’s men’s fall 2018 shows. #wwdfashion (📷: Andrea Delb)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of @ralphlauren’s snowboarding collection, the brand is mining its archives. The iconic brand is reintroducing vintage styles and dropping new designs for a color capsule that will be available in Ralph Lauren stores and @openingceremony on January 25. The capsule will consist of 10 pieces, including the Snow Beach Pullover, pictured here, which is a collector’s item that rapper Raekwon wore in Wu-Tang Clan’s “Can It Be All So Simple” video. #wwdfashion (📷: Tom Gould)
For @rochasofficial’s pre-fall 2018 collection, creative director Alessandro Dell’Acqua channeled the sophisticated and intriguing Catherine Denevue in the film “Belle de Jour.” Polished collarless coats, midi skirts, suits and ’60s graphic motifs were all featured in the collection, adding a sense of discreet luxury. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion
“We tried to produce clothing of that couture quality, but the most daunting part was that we only had a matter of days [to do it],” said costume designer Lou Eyrich, who recreated Gianni Versace’s iconic looks for @americancrimestoryfx. Eyrich searched online retailers and vintage shops for original pieces from the design house and for @penelopecruzoficial, who plays Donatella Versace. Head to WWD.com to read how she created the Versace world. #wwdfashion
Only three months after her stellar debut catwalk season, @kaiagerber has inked her first big design collaboration –– with @karllagerfeld. The collection blends Lagerfeld’s Parisian chic aesthetic and the model’s signature West Coast casual style via RTW, accessories, footwear and more. The #KarlLagerfeldxKaia collection will launch in September with a series of events. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
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