PARIS — L’Oréal Professionnel is surfing the swiftly swelling beauty trends of natural and personalized products with Botanēa. The botanical hair color for salon use, due out in Europe starting in May, is a first for parent company L’Oréal.It’s also a game-changing innovation for the industry, according to Marion Brunet, managing director for international at L’Oréal Professionnel. She said the line with 100 percent plant-based formulas gives a natural yet professional result — which, up until now, was impossible.“Our objective was to make no compromise on those two key dimensions,” said Brunet, who called Botanēa a “milestone.”She added: “There is a strong demand from women — and beyond that, there’s a need to turn toward [product] formulations that are simpler and healthier.”Botanēa’s pared-down formula involves three powders derived from botanical ingredients sustainably culled in India: cassia, henna and indigo, with each coated in coconut oil. In salons, hairdressers will mix the trio of powders in concentrations depending on the desired hue. Water temperature is to play a role in the color obtained, as well.[caption id="attachment_11075489" align="alignnone" width="241"] An item from the Botanēa line.[/caption]“There’s a very large palette,” said Brunet, explaining the colorants range runs from light blonde to dark brown, and allows for shiny tresses, plus both warm and cold highlights — a first for natural hair color.“There is an infinity of possibilities,” she said. That includes entirely tinting white hair, versus the 30 to 40 percent coverage natural dyes tend to offer.Overall, natural colorants are billed to be less harsh on hair fibers than traditional coloring, and since the Botanēa powders are coated they are not uncomfortable on application like other natural colorants can be, and are easier to wash out, L’Oréal executives claim.Botanēa, which is compatible with other hair treatments, is generally left on for 30-minute or 60-minute stretches for a dye job. To specifically cover white tresses, it’s kept on for two successive 30-minute periods.Prices for a Botanēa color treatments will range from 50 euros to 80 euros in France, where a classic coloring tends to be priced at 30 euros.The line will not be launched in full L’Oréal Professionnel distribution. Rather in France, it’s expected to be introduced in about 30 percent of the brand’s salon distribution, for instance.L’Oréal laboratories worked for more than 10 years on conceiving natural hair color and focused for some five years on sustainably sourcing and screening its ingredients.Also in May, L’Oréal Professionnel will launch its debut professional natural, vegan hair-care line — Source Essentielle — that is refillable in salons, marking another first for the industry, Brunet said.[caption id="attachment_11075577" align="aligncenter" width="769"] From the Source Essentielle line.[/caption]Within the range, there are two lines: one for dry and another for colored hair, each with a shampoo, balm and oil, which range in price in France from 19.50 euros to 32 euros. For normal to fine hair and for a delicate scalp are shampoos, going for 19.50 euros.Transparency was the buzzword in the creation of the Source Essentielle collection, which comes in see-through, stackable square bottles — eco-designed for space-efficient transport and a minimum amount of plastic used; ingredient lists including suppliers, and sustainably sourced paper sachets for refills.The line will be carried in L’Oréal Professionnel’s full distribution in Europe.Both Source Essentielle and Botanēa are in step with L’Oréal’s Sharing Beauty With All program, which includes sustainability targets and philanthropic activities, noted Brunet.They will be among the latest entrants in the rapidly growing natural beauty category. Today its sales, including all segments and channels worldwide, are estimated by L’Oréal at 24 million euros, up 12 percent on-year. Of that, natural hair care represents about 4.3 million euros, with growth at around 10 percent.
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
@longchamp, which marks its 70th anniversary this year, just opened its biggest U.S. store on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue. On the lower level there’s a floor-to-ceiling display of the brand’s iconic Le Pliage bag – in all of its different colors, shapes and sizes. Customers can also have their product personalized in-store by imprinting names, initials or emblems. #wwdfashion (📷: @ericmtownsend)
“Whenever I’m in that place of sound and music, I don’t have fear or nervousness…This album has a lot of themes of courage and boldness and I want to be the soundtrack for people’s lives. I’ll be so happy if [my songs] evoke strength in people, which I know music has done for me,” says @kimbramusic of her newest album “Primal Heart.” The New Zealand-born singer sat down with WWD to talk about her music, newest tour and connecting with hear fans — read more on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
Luxury handbag resale company @rebagofficial is planning to sell a rare collectible for $70,000: the @hermes White Crocodile Himalayan Birkin. The exclusive Birkin sold for about $100,000 in 2008, when @davidbeckham bought one for his wife @victoriabeckham to add to her collection. Read more about the rare Birkin on WWD.com #wwdaccessories
With her costume pearl necklace and what-you-see-is-what-you-get style, Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at age 92, was a straight-shooter from start to finish.
Born Barbara Pierce in New York City, Bush served as the 37th first lady, as well as the country’s second lady from 1981 to 1989. In addition to being part of the longest presidential marriage — 73 years — Bush also had the unlikely distinction of having one son, George W., become the 43rd president and another son, Jeb, run unsuccessfully in 2016. Having served as second lady during the Reagan administration’s two terms and lived all over the world during her own husband’s ascending political career, Barbara Bush made it clear that literacy — not fashion — was her priority. Read more from Rosemary Feitelberg’s obituary on the late First Lady in WWD.com, link in bio. #barbarabush #wwdnews
Western and ’90s trends have influenced denim for fall 2018. Think raw, dark and coated jeans mixed with bold prints and tough leather. #trendtuesdays #wwdfashion (Styled by @thealexbadia;📷: @ryanplett)