PARIS — The use of materials like recyclable aluminum and biodegradable polymers in cosmetics packaging is important to further promotion of environmental sustainability, experts in the beauty industry agree.
Moreover, recycling old ideas is not enough to give eco-friendly packaging a fresh and luxurious appearance.
"[Packaging] suppliers are asked to make a technological revolution," said Marc Giget, chair of technology and innovation at the International Institute of Management in Paris. He noted suppliers are mandated to push boundaries to find materials ever more precious using natural substances that are organic and equitable. "We can break the codes to innovate, but we must dare at the right moment."
Giget added that a product's quality, packaging and communication are the three key ingredients to keeping it luxurious.
Seidel, which specializes in aluminum packaging, has developed prototypes of bottles and dispensers made out of aluminum that look like porcelain thanks to a process using nanotechnology. The new techniques grew out of a research project aimed at making the manufacturing process more eco-friendly and sustainable. Aluminum packaging is one way to reduce the pollution generally caused by products made out of heavy metals. The beauty of this, according to Andreas Ritenhoff, president and chief executive officer of Seidel, is that recycling such products is simple.
Also aiming to make prestige beauty packaging more environmentally sustainable is the Pôle Européen de Plasturgie, an Oyonnax, France-based research, development and technical support facility dedicated to the plastics industry, which is using biodegradable packaging solutions, including plant-fiber composites, said product manager Charlyse Pouteau.
These topics were explored at the second edition of the Pack Passion conference held here by packaging supplier Valois last month, which was attended by about 100 people, including the packaging supplier's clients, plus designers, consultants and journalists. During the conference, audience members were invited to participate in an experiment meant to illustrate the importance of perceived quality.
Jean-Paul Bauchel, quality and design development process manager at Renault, the French automobile manufacturer, spoke about the so-called perceived quality method and how it could be applied for any product.
According to this approach, a product must make a good first impression and then meet expectations in both in-store testing and then everyday use. Perceived quality requires attractiveness, seduction, innovation and design in order to catch the customer's eye and to convey the product's personality, he said. Of course, beneath perceived quality must be true quality."One must deliver a good product," said Bauchel.
Participants rated three coffee makers based on several different criteria, from robustness to ease of use. To test the importance of first impressions, participants were unable to touch the machines at first. It was only after completing the first questionnaire that they were permitted to touch and test the appliances.
Results were such that the all-around favorite based on first impressions alone was different from the machine that won out overall.
So, while cars and coffee machines may seem unrelated to fragrance and cosmetics, audience members left with an important lesson learned: Things aren't always as perceived, and that aligning perceived quality with actual quality can make all the difference. — Kate Thornton and Christine Cheng
Sephora Fetes Guetta Scent
PARIS — The Sephora flagship on the Champs-Elysées here turned into a virtual discothèque on Dec. 7 for the appearance of nightclub impresario Cathy Guetta to promote her husband's new scent, Ibiza Cathy Guetta for Men. Famous for throwing parties together around the world — and most especially in Ibiza — Cathy and her DJ husband David were greeted by fans and paparazzi ready to take part in the fete.
The men's fragrance was launched a few years after the women's due to customer demand, said Guetta, adding, "Because the first one was so successful, it was evident we could expand the line."
"It is created with the base essences of David Guetta; it's made with the essence for me," quipped her husband, while Cathy Guetta signed autographs and he spun tunes for the crowd.
The new scent, a fruity, woody amber comes as a 90-ml. eau de toilette spray (packaged in a black-colored disco ball including headphones fit for an aspiring DJ) and is priced at 50 euros, or $71.83 at current exchange. Between tunes, David Guetta took a break and claimed that buying a Cathy Guetta scent makes one "beautiful, rich and famous." — K. T.
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New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty