Marc Jacobs has never been about cookie-cutter style, so it stands to reason that his debut color cosmetics collection—notoriously hostile territory for a designer—was anything but ordinary. “I believe in individuality. What I think comes across as most stylish and modern is a kind of irreverence and a sort of self-confidence,” he said at the launch. To that end, Marc Jacobs Beauty, a 122-stockkeeping-unit line created in conjunction with Sephora Originals and launched exclusively at the retailer in early August, is broken down into four categories: Smart Complexion, Hi-Per Color, Blackquer (Jacobs’ personal favorite) and Boy Tested, Girl Approved. Jacobs was highly involved in every aspect of development, from packaging to shade ranges to product names (Shameless, a blush inspired by one of his tattoos, is a favorite—“To me, shameless is just an aspiration,” he quipped). The line may be irreverent, but it’s still serious business: Industry sources indicated sales could reach $15 million in the first six months. Shortly after the launch, Jacobs announced he was leaving his post as designer of Louis Vuitton to focus on his signature collection and ready it for a future initial public offering. But don’t look for Jacobs to take a more standardized approach to this, or any other, business. “I like the idea of transforming oneself, making and modeling yourself to what you feel like being,” he said. “I like the transformative qualities of fashion and fashion to me is not just clothing, it’s the whole ritual of making these choices that will tell the world who you want to be that day.”
Leading luxury brand are shaking things up to keep up with streetwear. Case in point: the arrival of @mrkimjones as artistic director of @diorhomme. Jones, who succeeds @Kris_Van_Assche, is seen as one of the handful of designers who can actually straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds — which could lead to even more changes at established brands. What could this mean for the rest of the menswear landscape? Head to WWD.com to find out what experts predict #wwdfashion (📷: @franckmura)
“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.
@beyonce chose a custom gown by @falgunishanepeacockindia for mother @mstinalawson 's second annual Wearable Art Gala last night. The gown, which took 10 days to make, was inspired by Nubian warrior queen Amanishakheto. Reporting by @hernameislex . #wwdeye 👑 🐝#beyonce
After dressing @justintimberlake for his Super Bowl halftime performance last month, @stellamccartney has designed the star’s "Man of the Woods" tour wardrobe. Timberlake will be wearing a mix of pieces from McCartney’s fall men's collection as well as custom designs and items from his own closet. #wwdfashion