Like the best of fall fashion, this season's most striking beauty products feature deep colors, rich textures and some arresting design elements.
Purple Populi Purple creates indelible images, as no doubt Michelle Obama, whose chic Maria Pinto sheath catapulted her to the top of best-dressed lists, can attest to. No wonder, then, beauty companies have chosen it as their statement-making shade for fall, too. Estée Lauder used the hue to convey the warmth of its newest fragrance Sensuous, a rich blend of woody notes, amber, magnolia and jasmine. Both Jeanne Lanvin and Lalique’s Amethyst use purple to reflect the contents within, the former a blend of fruity notes such as blackberry, raspberry and pear with a musky base; the latter a mixture of blackberry, white lily, ylang-ylang and wild rose. Aedes de Venustas’ deep cassis flacon reflects the sensuality of the interior of the cult boutique for which the scent is named, while Guerlain’s Insolence Eau de Parfum dark violet sphere houses a scent of violet, iris, sandalwood and tonka bean. Anna Sui and Urban Decay opted for an edgier route, Sui with Night of Fancy, whose peacock-topped flacon is a virtual flight of fancy, Urban Decay with a new sword-tipped lipstick collection in an array of outré shades. Deep-Sea Diving Rich in potassium, magnesium, iron, calcium and vitamins A, C and niacin, seaweed is a vital nutrient in food. It’s also a vital ingredient in beauty ingredients this fall, be it red, green or brown algae. La Mer built its brand on harnessing the hydrating power of sea ingredients and its newest, The Hydrating Infusion, is no exception. A serum that transforms into a liquid when applied, it’s activated by the skin’s temperature and pH level to provide tailored levels of moisturization. Kanebo’s Sensai Premier The Body features seaweed harvested from the Sea of Japan, while Clarins combines brown algae with oat sugars, peanut proteins and hibiscus seed proteins in its new antiager, Extra-Firming Tightening Lift Botanical Serum. Clinique uses red algae found off the coast of Israel in the Mediterranean Sea for its stress-neutralizing properties in Superdefense SPF 25 Age Defense Moisturizer, while H2O Plus’ Sea Marine Nourishing Body Cream is derived from three different types of seaweed to help strengthen the skin’s protective barrier. Smooth Move Baby oil has come a long way, baby. Once the province of the under-five set, oil as a product form is among one of fall’s biggest trends, be it for the face, the body, the scalp or the hair. Companies are not only tapping into the moisturizing benefits of oils, but also into their healing, soothing and detox properties. Take Dior, which is launching a supercharged version of its popular Capture Totale antiaging cream. Targeted to older, ultradry skin, Haute Nutrition Oil Care features a combination of three oils rich in omegas 3, 6 and 9 blended with Capture’s signature antiaging complex. Laveré’s Body Effect Active Silhouette contains nine different oils—among them argan, almond, apricot, cypress and juniper—plus sea algae extracts to moisturize and smooth. Argan oil stars in Moroccanoil Treatment, a multiuse treatment and styling product that has already gained a cult following among hairdressers, while Aetó harnesses the healing properties of rosemary flower, lavender, clary and nigella sativa for its De-toxer Oil designed to rebalance oily, itchy and flaky scalps. Intelligent Nutrients Hair and Scalp Treatment Oil—with the brand’s signature pumpkin, cumin, grape, raspberry and cranberry seed complex—also has a multitude of uses, applied to the scalp and hair before chemical processing such as color, applied to dry hair as a styling and defrizzing agent, and even as a massage oil. Modern Twist The strong lines of this season’s best collections—think Yves Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, Prada—call for makeup that’s equally bold. And nothing is more dramatic than graphic shades of black, white and grey on the eye—in other words, the classic smoky eye. “The smoky eye is one of those concepts that never goes away,” says MAC makeup artist Konstantine Mironychev. But what makes this fall’s look different from seasons past is the shape. “The colors are classic but the execution isn’t,” continues Mironychev, citing Kate Hudson’s dramatic look on the cover of W’s September issue as an example. “There’s a lot of structure to the look, but it’s smoky and sexy at the same time.” Graphic by Design It’s not easy to reinvent the wheel. Or the mascara wand, for that matter. But Givenchy did just that this season with a unique sphere-topped lash elongator. Naturally, there’s an explanation—the rounded tip is said to better reach the baby lashes in the inner corner of the eye—but when something looks this cool, who cares? Sometimes great design is enough of a reason to covet a product and this season that’s especially true. La Prairie’s sculptural Lucite jar for its new Cellular Cream Platinum Rare is almost as arresting as its $1,000 price tag, while Viktor & Rolf’s uplifting paper clipesque eyelash designs for Shu Ueumura were inspired by a bird in flight. In the fragrance realm, Tom Ford reinterpreted his classic flacon in milky white glass for his White Patchouli, lending it a Sixties Mod feeling perfectly in keeping with the contents within, while Jean Paul Gaultier infuses the bottle of his newest, Ma Dame, with shocking pink that waxes and wanes in hue depending on the light.
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
“Everyone is talking about how the retail industry is struggling, but I think it’s an incredible time because brands who are doing something different and innovative are setting themselves up for the future,” said @adamgoldston, who founded the luxury athletic brand @apl with his brother @ryangoldsten. The Goldston’s are part of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables. See the rest of the list on WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
@eyeswoon blogger Athena Calderone debuted her first-ever cookbook, “Cook Beautiful,” which is heavily centered on the presentation and visual expression of food. Pictured here are her miso glazed carrots from the book. Get the recipe on WWD.com. (📷: @johnny_miller_) #wwdeye
“It’s passion that helps get anybody to a certain point and it’s what’s propelled me,” said Kith founder @ronniefieg, one of WWD’s 40 under 40: a group of industry notables who are changing the face of retail, fashion and beauty. Fieg, who opened a Manhattan flagship on October 7, began his career at age 13 as a stock boy and salesman for footwear chain David Z. “I think staying true to [my] beliefs, hard work and passion have gotten me to where [Kith] is today.” See the rest of the 40 at WWD.com. (📷: @vsteves) #wwd40
25-year-old @samweaving is about to break out this fall, starring in Netflix’s horror film “The Babysitter,” fittingly out today on Friday the 13th. That’s not the only place you’ll be seeing her, though — Weaving’s got a role Showtime’s “SMILF” and another alongside Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Though she’s got a full plate at the moment, there’s one role she’s got her eye on: Marilyn Monroe. “I’m a little too young at the moment, but it’s on my bucket list,” the actress told WWD (📷: @dandoperalski) #wwdeye
BFF's Poppy Jamie and Suki Waterhouse celebrated the launch of their bag line Pop x Suki at Nordstrom last night. "The line is really about our friendship, and how we are so different but complement each other," said Waterhouse. 👯 (📷: Katie Jones) #wwdeye
After designing the new @louisvuitton and @bulgariofficial flagships and a @chanelofficial boutique opening in Japan, @petermarinoarchitect has another project on his plate: The Lobster Club. Located in the Seagram Building, it’s the famed architect’s first restaurant project in New York, serving up modern Japanese brasserie-style cuisine. Bronze hues, bespoke material detailing, blush and chartreuse tones and a heavy emphasis on Picasso can be seen throughout. Mark your calendars for Nov. 1 for the much-anticipated opening. (📷: @clint_spaulding) #wwdeye