Dark and Lovely celebrated its 45th anniversary last week at an event hosted by actress and singer Demetria McKinney held at New York’s Gramercy Park Hotel.McKinney said she grew up with the brand, now a subsidiary of the L’Oréal USA Multicultural Beauty Division, which has “done wonders for her hair.” Her remarks were followed by a trip through memory lane of hairstyles from the decades including the Jheri curl and today’s natural styles.Erica Bowen, senior vice president, marketing, L’Oréal USA Multicultural Beauty Division, shared the company’s newest launches for 2017. One is Dark and Lovely Color-Gloss Ultra Radiant Color Crème, a no-ammonia hair color that protects curled or relaxed hair from damage.That product honors Dark and Lovely’s heritage as a pioneer in hair color formulated for African-American women. Decades later, the brand has grown to include a complete collection of deep conditioning treatments, shampoos, fade-resistant hair colors, relaxers, stylers and a full line of items for naturally curly hair.That’s where the other new line, Au Naturale Antishrinkage Clumping Curl care and styling duo, comes into play. Bowen said the launch was the result of listening to consumer needs. “We went to our consumers to see what are they doing and what are they talking about. ‘Clumping curls’ was a technique that we saw, where consumers were combining all these different products at home,” she said noting people were using everything from apple cider vinegar to clay. Both new items hit shelves in the past few weeks.“The category is on fire,” noted Bowen. “The multicultural category is outpacing growth in the general market.” She said the audience is broadening based on the changing demographics of America ushering the need for specifically created products.Dark and Lovely also awarded five students with scholarships totaling $10,000 as part of their Young Women with a Purpose Project in partnership with The Tom Joyner Foundation. They were also assigned to L'Oréal USA senior-level executives, who will serve as mentors throughout the school year. Scholarship winners include: Ashani Scales of Delaware State University, Renea Young of Mississippi Valley State University, Hollye Weekes of Wiley College, as well as Kimberly Burton and Cherise McAdoo of Hampton University.
Supermodel @helenachristensen teamed up with longtime friend and designer @camillastaerk on a joint @paredeyewear collaboration. The lineup features three styles and 11 offerings, all of which embody a vintage feel. Get all the details on how they celebrated the collab on WWD.com. #wwdaccessories #wwdeye (📷: @slovekinpics)
“It’s a hard industry to keep motivated, as well, so finding different subjects and people is what makes it worth it – when you’re like, oh, I’ve met great people, I feel like I’ve done something good, and I feel proud of having done this,” said French actress Stacy Martin on being grateful for the variety of roles she’s take on. Read @ktauer’s full interview with Martin on her her latest film “Godard Mon Amour.” #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
After showing in front of the Eiffel Tower for his last two women’s ready-to-wear collection, it looks like @anthonyvaccarello may be heading to the Big Apple. Sources say the designer will stage his next @ysl show in NYC on June 6. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
EXCLUSIVE: Two and half months after John Targon, cofounder and codesigner of Baja East, was hired as creative director of the contemporary division at Marc Jacobs, he has left the company, WWD has learned. Marc Jacobs International, which is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, confirmed Targon’s departure in a statement: “John Targon is a talented designer and we appreciate the work he has done here. Ultimately working together did not make sense for the brand and we wish him the best.” Read the story by @jessiredale, link in bio. #wwdnews
@theluxurycollection is officially launching a collection, tapping Sofia Sanchez de Betak for the capsule. Over 30 styles will be featured in the Chufy x The Luxury Collection, debuting next month at Bergdorf Goodman, The Webster, FiveStory and more. De Betak, known as “@chufy,” drew inspiration for the collection from her trips to Japan in the past year #wwdfashion
@lhd, founder and CEO of @thewebster, has teamed up with @lebonmarcherivegauche for the European launch of her ready-to-wear line, LHD. The launch will come with an exclusive pop-up opening today that’s set to run through May 20. Located on the second floor, it carries her debut Miami-themed resort collection, launched in November as see-now-buy-now. #wwdfashion