With the launch of Advanced Haircare, L’Oréal Paris set out to do far more than just cleanse and condition its customers’ hair. Instead, the beauty behemoth set for itself the goal of changing consumer behavior and convincing them that a third C in the regimen—namely care—is an integral step in the quest for great hair. “The mass hair category has been fairly banal,” said Karen Fondu, president of L’Oréal Paris USA. “This is an opportunity to shift the paradigm.” To that end, the megabrand unleashed Advanced Haircare—a line five years in the making that was tested on 5,000 women and boasts more than 23 patents. Divided into Total Repair 5, Smooth Intense, Power Moisture, Color Vibrancy and Triple Resist, each of Advanced Haircare’s five sublines features a shampoo, conditioner and complementary treatment. With the help of a star-studded advertising campaign featuring L’Oréal spokeswomen like Jennifer Lopez and Lea Michele, Advanced Haircare was expected to generate a whopping $100 million in retail sales in its first year. The plan seemed to work, with the entire hair-care category posting sales gains after years of flat growth or declines. According to IRI, shampoo sales for the 52-week period ended May 19 in total U.S. multioutlets rose 2 percent to $2.6 billion and conditioner volume for the same period gained 6.2 percent to $1.8 billion. That’s called cleaning up.
Breaking: @cushnieetochs’ co-founders @carlycushnie and @ochsmichelle are parting ways. After a 10-year run, Ochs is leaving the brand. Get the full story on WWD.com – link in bio. #wwdnews #wwdfashion
@maybelline’s Kanako Takase had snow bunnies in mind when creating the beauty look for @philipppleininternational. Playing off of the bedazzled snowboards in the collection, Takase mixed two highlighters together for a luminous sheen. #wwdbeauty #nyfw (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
“There’s a huge gap between the old way of doing things and today. It takes the youth to help evolve that. You have to count on the kids today to help lead you into the future. A lot of these retailers are stuck in the past. Communication is the biggest thing,” said @ronniefieg of @kith on the youth’s role in retail. On Monday night, Jeff Staple moderated a keynote session with Fieg and @syresmith at Assembly - a series of workshops, talks and keynotes addressing topics or issues in the apparel industry. Head to WWD.com to read more advice from Fieg and what Smith thinks of his dad @willsmith’s Instagram account and sustainability (📷: @weston.wells)
@joansmalls closed the @michaelkors fall 2018 show in black sequined pants and a varsity T printed with 19 on the front and 81 on the back. 1981 – the year Kors went into business. #wwdfashion #nfyw (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
“You think your life is going to be a certain way, and nothing you thought would happen ends up happening. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d be designing clothes and working with Mickey Drexler, and building something I’m deeply proud of,” said Jenna Lyons. Nine months after leaving @jcrew, Lyons is exploring the meaning of happiness. Read the interview, where Lyons talks about reinvention and more on WWD.com – link in bio. #wwdfashion (📷: Farrell) #jennalyons #jcrew