The Paris-based company, which is owned by Pierre Fabre Laboratories, a leading French dermo-cosmetic and pharmaceutical firm with more than $2 billion in worldwide sales, has updated its logo and packaging, and has reformulated several items to reflect the natural positioning of the brand.
Founded by French hairstylist René Furterer in 1957, essential oils and natural plant extracts have always been at the heart of the brand and its formulations. Now, the firm is using these formulas to address modern-day concerns, most notably hair loss.
The first of two big hair loss-related launches is Triphasic, which addresses vascular (poor circulation), hormonal and tissular (loss of elasticity) causes of hair loss. To address vascular hair loss, formulas include pfaffia extract with essential oils of orange and lavender. For hormonal hair loss, hydrolyzed curbicia extract with zinc sulfate and vitamin B6 is in formulas. For tissular hair loss, formulas use hesperidine methyl chalcone with aminoprotiens, vitamins A, E and B5. Triphasic, which has three patents, is a program designed to be used in three-month intervals. During the first month, two vials should be used each week. For months two and three, one vial should be used a week. Triphasic sells for $77 per box of eight vials.
Also new is RF-80 Hair Strengthening Formula, which targets hair loss caused specifically by stress and pregnancy. Its double-patented formula includes pfaffia extract with essential oils of lemon, sage and niacin, and methionine, which is meant to help rebuild broken hair strands. RF-80 is designed to be used for three months. During the first month, users are instructed to apply two vials a week. For months two and three, users apply one vial a week. The item retails for $67 for a box of 12 vials.
René Furterer is sold in 40 countries worldwide with a René Furterer Institute located in Paris. The range includes eight treatment programs, and hair care products that address fine, dry and oily scalps and hair. A styling range is also available.
“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