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.
Taking the final spot on the mens’ portion of New York Fashion Week calendar next month will be none other than @tomford. Though he’s shown his men’s wear in New York in the past, this will mark the first time the designer has shown his men’s collection alone during New York Fashion Week: Men’s. His runway show will debut on February 6 at the Park Avenue Armory. #wwdfashion
London-based couture house @ralphandrusso has certainly been in the spotlight, having its dresses worn by @beyonce, Angelina Jolie, Meghan Markle in her engagement photos and more. For couture, Tamara Ralph focused on ornamentation — think: feathers with chain mail, jet embroidery and clusters of pearls and crystals. See the rest of the collection on WWD.com #wwdfashion #couture (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
Minnie Mouse celebrated her 90th birthday by getting her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For her celebratory luncheon, @coach’s creative director @stuartvevers dressed her in a custom made prairie dress, complete with Vever’s take on the polka dot – black sequined versions – under a cropped motorcycle jacket. The designer also put his own mark on Minnie’s classic red shoes, infusing the color with sparkles and adding some Coach crystals. “We chose colors that were very Minnie and also represented quintessential Coach elements,” said Vevers. #wwdfashion #nationalpolkadotday (📷: George Chinsee)
@nickjonas is unveiling his first-ever apparel collection through a partnership with John Varvatos. The limited-edition capsule, which makes its debut in spring, also marks the first time the designer has collaborated with anyone on a line. “The process in working with Nick is amazing. It’s inspiring to be around someone who is not only connected with the trade that they do, but also with what’s happening in the environment around him, and how that connects to what we do with style,” said Varvatos. (RG: @johnvarvatos) #wwdfashion
@margotrobbie steps out onto the red carpet wearing @miumiu. The actress is nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” in “I, Tonya” at the #SagAwards. (📷: Stewart Cook) #wwdfashion
For @massimogiorgetti of @msgm, the Nineties are his favorite decade. “They had a huge impact on my personal growth. What I like of the Nineties is that they are not so precise in terms of style as other decades…there was actually a bit of everything,” he said. As seen on MSGM’s Spring 2018 show: tie-dye and a bit of grunge, two styles that are synonymous with the decade #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @kukukuba)