Long live the hairstyle. At least that’s the hope of hair brand Living Proof, which in September will unveil a new product, said to hold any look in place for twice the time of other similar items. Industry sources estimate Prime Style Extender, $20, could generate $8 million to $10 million in its first year.
“For years, we had been hearing that women are frustrated that whatever style they put in their hair never lasted,” said Jill Beraud, chief executive officer of Living Proof Inc. “We approached it like a cosmetic, like primer for a foundation. If you can start with a foundation, everything builds from there.”
Comprised of an anionic, negatively charged formula, the pre-styler contains no oil or silicone and features cuticle-smoothing, detangling emollients that also resist breakage. The primer also contains Living Proof’s proprietary molecule, OFPMA (also known as polyfluoroester), which protects hydrogen bonds from breaking and repels dirt and oil.
“It’s the same molecule formulated in a whole new way,” said Beraud. “We have found so many different uses and applications for it.”
Beraud added that after clinical trials, 80 percent of users said their hairstyles lasted twice as long. “It works on every different type of hair,” said Beraud, who said that the balm is completely weightless once applied to hair and can be used on any hair type and to secure any style — from waves to fullness to pin-straight strands.
“This is a product that marks the start of a whole new line for us,” said Beraud, who said the primer will be the first of a stylist series, housed in “black, sexy packaging.”
Although the distribution plan remains unfinalized, Beraud said there has been a “high demand for exclusivity” from retailers.
To support the launch, Living Proof will offer its first national print ads. “There is more marketing behind this than ever in the history of the brand,” said Beraud.
Taking the final spot on the mens’ portion of New York Fashion Week calendar next month will be none other than @tomford. Though he’s shown his men’s wear in New York in the past, this will mark the first time the designer has shown his men’s collection alone during New York Fashion Week: Men’s. His runway show will debut on February 6 at the Park Avenue Armory. #wwdfashion
London-based couture house @ralphandrusso has certainly been in the spotlight, having its dresses worn by @beyonce, Angelina Jolie, Meghan Markle in her engagement photos and more. For couture, Tamara Ralph focused on ornamentation — think: feathers with chain mail, jet embroidery and clusters of pearls and crystals. See the rest of the collection on WWD.com #wwdfashion #couture (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
Minnie Mouse celebrated her 90th birthday by getting her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For her celebratory luncheon, @coach’s creative director @stuartvevers dressed her in a custom made prairie dress, complete with Vever’s take on the polka dot – black sequined versions – under a cropped motorcycle jacket. The designer also put his own mark on Minnie’s classic red shoes, infusing the color with sparkles and adding some Coach crystals. “We chose colors that were very Minnie and also represented quintessential Coach elements,” said Vevers. #wwdfashion #nationalpolkadotday (📷: George Chinsee)
@nickjonas is unveiling his first-ever apparel collection through a partnership with John Varvatos. The limited-edition capsule, which makes its debut in spring, also marks the first time the designer has collaborated with anyone on a line. “The process in working with Nick is amazing. It’s inspiring to be around someone who is not only connected with the trade that they do, but also with what’s happening in the environment around him, and how that connects to what we do with style,” said Varvatos. (RG: @johnvarvatos) #wwdfashion
@margotrobbie steps out onto the red carpet wearing @miumiu. The actress is nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” in “I, Tonya” at the #SagAwards. (📷: Stewart Cook) #wwdfashion
For @massimogiorgetti of @msgm, the Nineties are his favorite decade. “They had a huge impact on my personal growth. What I like of the Nineties is that they are not so precise in terms of style as other decades…there was actually a bit of everything,” he said. As seen on MSGM’s Spring 2018 show: tie-dye and a bit of grunge, two styles that are synonymous with the decade #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @kukukuba)