With a fresh influx of capital, hair color business Madison Reed is readying a retail rollout.The brand has plans to open a total of 25 color bars — physical spaces that focus on color instead of all the offerings of a traditional hair salon — by the end of 2019, and has hired former Redken master colorist David Stanko as vice president of technical design and education as part of its expansion efforts."These are not salons," said Madison Reed founder and chief executive officer Amy Errett. "These are a very innovative, disruptive force in an industry that has had primarily one way of doing things."Stanko will oversee colorist education and be involved with research and development. Future products from Madison Reed will include an extended shade range and other types of hair products, he noted, adding that the company is keeping specific innovations "top secret." Stanko will also spearhead the creation of an internal certification program that aims to give colorists a clear path for a future with Madison Reed, he said."It's a very fresh model within the world of hair color. We haven't seen any disruption in retail hair color in decades, it's been same old, same old," he said, calling Madison Reed's approach "pro-sumer.""I'm stepping away from the professional-only world — my goal is to extend the olive branch to the professional world and the home user," Stanko said.At Madison Reed's color bars, people can get their roots done for $60 — a fraction of the price of traditional salons — according to Errett, who contends that while blowouts and color glosses and other salon-like services are available, the overall experience is vastly different."Our model is predicated on you…get whatever stylist is there, because the consistency of the training and performance of the product we believe is so superior…that you can walk into a color bar in New York or San Francisco or [a Macerich center]…and you'll have that consistency," Errett said. Macerich is an investor in the $25 million venture capital round Madison Reed raised in October, led by Comcast Ventures, and owns the shopping centers where the color business intends to open locations."They know where their customers are through their subscription and e-commerce model, and many of the zip codes where they have good penetration are exactly where we have great retail town squares," said Art Coppola, chairman and chief executive officer of Macerich. "The reason it's attractive to me is there is, to some degree, a non-discretionary use. Once you start coloring you pretty much have to do it every six weeks. It drives trips to our town squares. The locations where the color bars will be [are ones] where we have other offerings we think the [color bar customer] will find attractive."
In honor the @CFDA’s announcement of @iamnaomicampbell receiving the Fashion Icon Award at the 2018 #CFDAAwards, which will take place on June 4, here’s a #tbt of the supermodel on @michaelkors’ runway in 1991. #wwdfashion #wwdarchive (📷: George Chinsee)
“I was making the guacamole when my scout saw me,” says model @stuckinteenage on being discovered just six months ago while working at @chipotlemexicangrill. Since then Williams has signed with @dnamodels, walked in her first show at @calvinklein and landed on the cover of @vogueitalia – a high point of any model’s career. To read @lisajlockwood’s full interview with the model on her experiences thus far, head to WWD.com – link in bio. (📷: George Chinsee)
“I love the idea of dialogue, period. It’s where I’ve always gotten my inspiration from: hearing other women speak, their journeys and their paths,” said @hereisgina, who delivered the keynote speech during @sxsw for @createcultivate in partnership with @fossil. For her two panels, Rodriguez chose female empowering, female-led and female entrepreneurs to focus on. Head to WWD.com to read more about her thoughts on Time’s Up, growing up in a family of women and why we “need a girls’ club.” #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
Leading luxury brand are shaking things up to keep up with streetwear. Case in point: the arrival of @mrkimjones as artistic director of @diorhomme. Jones, who succeeds @Kris_Van_Assche, is seen as one of the handful of designers who can actually straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds — which could lead to even more changes at established brands. What could this mean for the rest of the menswear landscape? Head to WWD.com to find out what experts predict #wwdfashion (📷: @franckmura)
“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.