Come mid-March, Bumble and bumble will cater to those hair consumers looking for a lift by adding to its best-selling Thickening franchise.
“This is an opportunity to build on our number-one franchise and enable consumers, stylists and retail partners to have more options for voluminous styles,” said Peter Lichtenthal, president of Bumble and bumble.
The new Thickening items, all designed for creating voluminous full-bodied hairstyles, will be introduced in a two-phase launch. First rolling out in March will be the Thickening Full Form Mousse, $29, and Thickening Creme Contour, $27 followed by a unique dry aerosol styler, Thickening Dryspun Finish, $29, to be introduced in July. Industry sources estimate all three products could generate more than $20 million in the first year at retail. They will be sold globally in about 3,300 retail and salon doors.
“When we talk to our consumers and look at quantitative research, we know that a lack of volume is one of the top three hair-care concerns among prestige shoppers in the U.S.,” said Bernard Zion, vice president of global marketing for Bumble and bumble. “The new launches are [fullness-imparting] shape-makers designed to give you different types of voluminous silhouettes.”
For the launch, Bumble partnered with the brand’s editorial stylist, Jimmy Paul, who favors “big, ultrafeminine styles,” to offer feedback from testing the products at editorial shoots and backstage at New York Fashion Week for the past few seasons. Paul also created the three looks featured in advertising material for the line. “My fantasy was to give the illusion of more hair — that is what I asked Bumble and bumble for,” said Paul. “I love the idea of more done, more styled hair.”
The product formulations, according to Fadi Mourad, executive director of product development, were meant to be first-of-their-kind takes on classic styling staples. “The mousse had to be concentrated and extremely dense but with no cakey feel,” he said, adding that the Creme Contour was designed to impart “definition and a ‘lived-in’ feel without deflating the hair.” The Dryspun Finish, which Mourad said is a new styling category altogether, is a “translucent dry texturizing spray that adds immediate volume” to the hair.
“Bottom line is, it’s a win creatively and commercially,” said Lichtenthal, adding that once all the new products hit shelves, the lineup — which currently includes shampoo, conditioner, serum and a hair spray — will offer styling options that range from “basic and simple to creative and professional.”
Harrods plans to remove the famous statue of Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed from the bottom of the Egyptian escalators and hand it back to Mohamed Al-Fayed. “We are very proud to have played our role in celebrating the lives of Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al Fayed at Harrods and to have welcomed people from around the world to visit the memorial for the past 20 years,” said Michael Ward, Harrods managing director. “With the announcement of the new official memorial statue to Diana, Princess of Wales at Kensington Palace, we feel that the time is right to return this memorial to Mr. Al Fayed and for the public to be invited to pay their respects at the palace.” More on the news, with reporting by @loreleimarfil, at WWD.com. #wwdnews
@prada is introducing a new project at its men’s fall 2018 show this Sunday: “Prada Invites.” The fashion house invited four celebrated creative minds – @ronanaerwanbouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, @herzogdemeuron and @rem.koolhaas – to each create a unique item with its iconic nylon material. The designs will be unveiled on the runway show, which will take place at the company’s warehouse in Viale Ortles 25. #wwdfashion #mfwm (📷: @martinocarrera)
@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