The year was 1976. The United States celebrated its 200th anniversary; Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak formed the Apple Computer Company and Nadia Comaneci flipped her way to three gold medals at the Summer Olympics in Montreal.
Beauty history was also made that year by Jeff Pink, who owned a small beauty supply store in Tarzana, Calif. and the previous year had created a nail brand called Orly. Concerned about a lack of foot traffic and in search of sales, Pink started calling everyone he could think of within a 25-mile or so radius—Hollywood studios, nail technicians and hair salons were at the top of his list—to ask them how he could satisfy their beauty needs. One film director did, indeed, have a nail dilemma. “In the movie industry at that time, they matched nail colors to dresses,” Pink recently recounts. “Every time a starlet was wearing a red dress, he had to put red nail polish on her. If the dress changed to purple, the color had to be changed. During the day, nail polish had to be changed three to four times,” he continues. “The director said to me, ‘I’m spending a minimum of three hours just to change nail colors and, for us, time is money.’”
Pink decided to solve the dilemma. In his store, he carried a white pencil which could be applied under the nails to make them appear clean. If he could jazz that up a bit, he might hit upon something usable for actresses’ nails no matter what color clothing they sported. Although his polish supplier thought Pink’s request was silly, Pink ordered a gallon of white nail lacquer, which he paired with a flesh-toned color and sold to the director. “Slowly, one director talked to another director, and they bought it from me,” said Pink.
As word spread, Pink packaged the white and flesh-colored nail lacquers together and dubbed the product the Natural Nail Look. He decided to bring the product to Paris, where he was doing the nails for the runway. On the flight home, he began to reconsider the underwhelming name, people in America believed it came from France,” says Pink.
The French Manicure got a boost from Hollywood once again when celebrities went on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson wearing it. Barbra Streisand was the first one to talk to Carson about the French Manicure and then came Cher. “I want to thank the movie industry. The French Manicure put Orly on the map,” says Pink. “When I made it, the only thing I had on my mind was to make a living. I didn’t believe it was going to be as huge as it became.”
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)