Each Spring, WWD Beauty Biz devotes an entire issue to the major products and trends of the season. It’s always one of our favorite times of the year—combing through the new launches, creating compelling story ideas, challenging our writers around the world to seek out the best and the brightest. Truth be told, though, we approached the issue this time around with some trepidation. With the Dow dipping below 7,000, the impact of the bailout still unknown and buying patterns shifting from what consumers want to what consumers need, we questioned the value of putting out “the ultimate shopping guide” and challenged ourselves to dig deeper.
What we discovered is that the industry is digging deeper too. Marketers have done more than just give lip service to the concept of unique and compelling product propositions. Across all categories, groundbreaking innovation and inspired design have resulted in products that trigger both need and want, be it a silicone-free antifrizz hair care line, an antiaging facial serum said to enhance the production of proteins in the skin or a fragrance flacon sculpted by one of the world’s leading industrial designers. Discover all of these products and many more in “Prime Time” and “Modern Classics.”
Makeup artist Dick Page is one who’s never content with the status quo either. So when we gave him free rein to create a beauty story expressing his vision of spring, we knew the results would be both spectacular and unconventional. Page is an artist who uses his medium to reveal rather than conceal, as you’ll discover in “Role Play," in which he crafts some of the season’s most compelling looks on his longtime muse, model Annie Morton.
In times of economic duress, looking ahead is as important as looking within. To that end, you’ll find full coverage of the major hair and makeup trends for Fall 09/10 from the recent New York runway shows in “Full-On Fall.” We’ve also got a special, in-depth report on the advances in antiaging research. Scientists are learning more every day about the genetic aging process and how to slow it down. As Clinique’s Tom Mammone told writer Jennifer Laing in “Coming of Age,” it’s an area of study that has the potential to fundamentally change the beauty industry. “The excitement in the field is that we can do something,” he says. “We can’t stop the aging process, but we can slow it down.” It turns out that beauty might be more than skin deep after all—a welcome piece of news for everyone looking forward to brighter days ahead.
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over-the-top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
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