With a portfolio that includes Wella Professional, Nioxin and Clairol Professional, Procter & Gamble is a force to be reckoned with in the salon industry.
“Ours is a relatively young division — a little over 10 years old — but it’s a collection of brands with a phenomenal heritage, as Clairol is 60 years old and Wella is more than 130 years old,” said Adil Mehboob-Khan, president of P&G Salon Professional and Global Wella Professional, a P&G veteran who has also overseen skin care in Europe as a marketing manager and a vice president overseeing hair care, skin care, female hair removal, personal cleansing and deodorants.
In addition to Wella, Nioxin and Clairol, P&G Salon Professional’s salon brands include Sebastian Professional, Sassoon Professional, Kadus Professional and Londa Professional. “Salon fits strategically,” said Mehboob-Khan. “When we decided in the late Nineties to be a major player in beauty, we declared we had to be a winner not just in retail, but in other channels.” P&G accelerated its professional hair-care holdings as the salon industry was evolving and distributors were consolidating in the late Nineties. Clairol was and is seen as a more “accessible” brand; Wella is more technically oriented; Sebastian is a styling brand; Nioxin, which treats thinning hair, is problem-solution, and Sassoon Professional “honors an icon,” he explained. “At their core, all of our brands have education as a fundamental component.”
“Salon is a very important category for us — it is a unique place that is in touch with trends, where thousands of professionals work with millions of people every day,” said Mehboob-Khan. “It also informs us as well, and it’s a place where we can make technology first.”
One example of that, he said, is Wella’s Illumina Color, which is set to enter U.S. and Canadian salons in late December and early January; it was launched in Europe earlier this year. It is a translucent permanent hair-color line with 20 shades and intended to complement the existing Wella hair-color portfolio, which includes the Koleston Perfect, Color Touch and Blondor lines.
Illumina is “the first permanent color that is luminous in every kind of light due to Advanced Microlight technology,” said Mehboob-Khan. “It’s a one-use wonder. [With this technology] the outer layer of the hair, the cuticle, is transparent like fingernails, and the condition of the hair cuticle is extremely important in allowing light to pass through and see real color tones from within.” He noted that impurities such as tiny metals are left as a residue from water after shampooing. These can stick to the cuticles, which can form free radicals during the coloring process and in turn cause damage to the cuticle surface. “On a rough cuticle, rays of light become diffused, creating less reflection and luminosity,” he said.
“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
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
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