The California dream is not only alive and well, but it’s also resonant with today’s economic reality. For proof, look no further than the growth posted by the movie industry despite the financial crisis, one of only a handful of business categories trending upwards in the current climate.
California has also historically been fertile ground when it comes to fostering beauty innovation, home to unique brands that have experienced explosive growth and helped steer the industry in a new direction—Bare Escentuals, Benefit and ProActiv, to name just a few.
Today, California is still a central crossroads for cutting-edge thinking, as West Coast contributor Rachel Brown discovered when we asked her to investigate innovative indies—and the investment firms that love them—are managing to survive in today’s climate. The answer is yes: As Brown reports, many companies in the hottest sectors of beauty and personal care are based in California, such as at-home devices and natural/organic products. That fact hasn’t gone unnoticed by the mergers and acquisitions community, and although activity has slowed considerably, the hunt for the next big breakthrough is undoubtably on. “There has been a lull for the last six months, and it feels like we’re coming out of that lull,” one banker told Brown. For a full report on who’s hot, who’s looking and who’s got money to spend, check out “Ray of Light.”
Hollywood has long influenced mainstream hair and makeup trends, epitomizing and defining aspirational beauty. Traditionally, red carpet beauty has followed a more-is-more ethos. This year, though, a marked difference occurred, a more relaxed attitude, if you will, with many of Hollywood’s leading Glamazons opting for a lowkey approach. “A red carpet used to mean people had to show up as a caricature of a movie star and some people still do,” says celebrity makeup artist Pati Dubrof. “But I felt like there was an unwritten rule of let’s tone it down. People can argue we need fantasy, but toning it down and making it more palatable felt respectable.” Discover the key red carpet beauty trends in “Easy Does It."
One of the brightest lights on the awards show circuit this season was WWD Beauty Biz cover star Amanda Seyfried. On the face of it, Seyfried is the quintessential Hollywood golden girl: blonde hair, big baby blue eyes and a perfectly proportioned body. But Seyfried is also one of the most capable young actors in Tinseltown, one who is sought after by leading directors and determined to prove that her talent is much more than skin deep. With three films set to open in the next year, Seyfried is well on her way, proving despite tough times, it’s still possible to strike gold.
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
Did you know: @carlychaikin of "Mr. Robot" has been painting for about a decade? The actress, who plays Darlene on the show, is a self-taught artist who lists Salvador Dalí and Chuck Close as some of her idols. Chaikin told WWD that painting is a form of meditation for her — A much-needed one given the intensity of "Mr. Robot." See a piece Chaikin is working on at WWD.com (📷: @jilliansollazzo) #wwdeye