Makeup artist and beauty brand founder Edward Bess will launch a Black Sea-inspired foundation collection exclusively on QVC tonight at 10 p.m. While the brand declined to talk numbers, industry sources estimate the item could generate $500,000 during the 10-minute QVC segment.
Bess, who launched his namesake color line nearly seven years ago at Bergdorf Goodman, will introduce his Black Sea Complexion Correcting Mousse Foundation, an extension of his Black Sea skin-care line on this evening’s “Lisa Robertson Show.” Available in five shades, the formula — which imparts a “velvety matte” finish — includes antiaging vitamins C and E and two sea-sourced ingredients from Bess’ Black Sea skin-care line, sea fennel and algae. “My understanding is the number-one way to look younger is to have younger looking skin and that’s what inspired me to create this product,” said Bess, who launched his two-stockkeeping-unit Black Sea skin-care range two years ago at Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus and Sephora.
“I wanted to marry what people of the Black Sea region have known with my experience with makeup,” said Bess, adding that his most recent foundation is his first fusion of skin care and color cosmetics. “It’s one product that does it all. The more you wear it the better your skin looks.”
Before entering the beauty industry, Bess worked as a model and by chance ended up traveling to the Black Sea coast. “I became enamored of the region and its guarded beauty secrets,” said Bess, who noticed that natives enjoyed practically flawless complexions. “I am obsessed with great skin and [set out to] uncover the indigenous ingredients that lead to it.”
Available in five shades, Black Sea Complexion Correcting Mousse Foundation, $75, will be exclusively sold via QVC for one year, after which it will roll out to Bess’ additional distribution, including Colette in Paris and other specialty retailers. The item is packaged with an Expert Blending Brush and will be sold for the feature price of $68.42 during the airing.
@kering_official is spinning off its stake in puma in an effort to focus on its luxury brands, the brand operator announced yesterday. “We are proud to have supported the turnaround of Puma, which now has unrivaled capabilities to take full advantage of the specific dynamics of its global markets and is poised to achieve substantial growth,” said François-Henri Pinault, Kering’s chief executive officer and chairman. Artémis will become a “long-term strategic shareholder” of Puma with a 29 percent stake. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
The fashion world mourns for celebrated street style photographer, Nabile Quenum, who died at age 32 in Paris.
Quenum, creator of the fashion blog “J’ai Perdu Ma Veste,” was a fashion week fixture, and regularly shot for New York magazine’s The Cut, among other outlets, and brands such as Louis Vuitton, Moncler and Adidas. He was also actively involved in the #NoFreePhotos initiative, which kicked off in the fall. Read more about Quenum in @kbsmoke's story on WWD.com. #wwdnews
@verwanggang and @maisonladuree have teamed up on a dessert collab called Vera Wang Pour Ladurée. The collection, which launched this week, features a specialty macaroon, as well as a wedding cake inspired by one of the designer’s gowns. “I could not imagine a more delicate or sophisticated creation to grace any couple’s celebration,” said Wang. #wwdfashion
“I’m Russian and I love to use all these little tricks that I got from my grandma or my mom. We didn’t have a lot of money for creams or anything like that so we would use a garden as a beauty treatment regime. We’d put cucumber in the fridge and do a cucumber mask,” says model @irinashayk on one of her beauty hacks. WWD asked celebs what their go-to self-care rituals are. See what Naomie Harris, Freida Pinto and more said on WWD.com. #wwdeye #wwdbeauty (📷: @zefashioninsider)
Exclusive: @viktorandrolf are teaming up with @Zalando on a collection made from leftover clothing. The lineup, which lands at the retailer February 1, includes 17 pieces adorned with sliced up and repurposed overstock from the retailer’s private label collection. Pictured here is a look from the collection –– see more on WWD.com. #wwdfashion #wwdnews
@duewestnyc is the newest bar joining the collection of intimate neighborhood-focused spaces in the West Village. The cocktail menu, which includes bitters and syrups made in-house, offers a “Build Your Own Old-Fashioned” – like the one pictured here – where guests can choose from a list of spirits and unexpected sugars and bitters. #wwdeye
Spotted at last night’s National Board of Review gala in NYC: Angelina Jolie. Jolie – along with Meryl Streep, @lupitanyongo and more – continued the all-black dress code from Sunday’s Golden Globes. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)