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.
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)