As Oprah’s personal hairdresser of 25 years, Andre Walker knows a thing or two about styling to perfection. He also knows about what products to use to achieve a certain look, so a venture into the world of manufacturing was a natural extension. Through a mutual friend, Walker met Lea Black, a noted beauty entrepreneur (over the last 30 years, she has developed Lea Brand Cosmetics, Sudden Youth skin care and Jazz Fragrance for men, to name a few) who already had formulated a root touch-up item for her personal use. Walker and Black immediately bonded, and together they developed Andre Walker Hair Care, a line that includes a Keratin Shampoo ($23), Keratin Conditioner ($23) and Q Quench Essential Oil ($35). Hair Make-up ($12), Black’s original item, received some tweaks, and is part of the line, too.
The oil, Walker says, is the hero product. “That was picked as the superstar from customers,” says Black, who also stars on The Real Housewives of Miami, explaining that it works to de-frizz and condition all hair types, from coarse to fine.The line made its debut in November’s “Favorite Things” episode on HSN and subsequently generated $1 million worth of product sales online in less than 30 days. In December, a show on HSN had sales of $500,000, triple the expectations. Now, Walker and Black are working on a brick-and-mortar distribution deal, which they say will be with a masstige retailer beginning in May when Walker’s duties to Winfrey will end, at least on a daily basis, as her show wraps up.
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“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