Hair-care brand Nexxus is putting a face with its name.
Beginning in the spring, blonde-haired Molly Sims will be featured in a campaign to promote the brand’s new Color Assure line, designed to extend the life of color-treated hair. The partnership will include Sims undergoing a “dramatic” hair color change by Nexxus’ newly appointed celebrity color expert Aura Friedman, then utilizing the collection and discussing her experience across digital outlets.
“What I think is important about Molly is that because she’s really using the product and doing it in a real-time way, we are very much using her as if she’s any [consumer],” said David Rubin, senior vice president of marketing for Nexxus parent Unilever. “There’s nothing like seeing something in action to believe it yourself.”
Although Rubin said the brand’s Facebook page will be the “primary regular vehicle” for sharing her results, Sims will also reach out to her own social media fans and be featured in traditional print ads for the brand. “Molly is very relatable to the Nexxus woman and one nice thing about a public personality is that her hair always needs to look great under a lot of stress, which is a good test,” said Rubin, adding that this is the first time Nexxus has partnered with a celebrity to date. “We want to embrace the idea of educating the end consumer on how they get the most out of our products in a two-way dialogue in a way that takes advantage of technology.”
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
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Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast