LONDON — Wella has developed a new molecule that promises high efficacy but with a reduced risk of developing an allergy to hair color. Traditional dye molecules PPD and PPT, which are in 90 percent of color products in the market and key to creating natural, brown and dark hair colors, have been replaced by a new molecule that is central to the formulation of Koleston Perfect Innosense.
Called ME+, the new molecule has a different shape to PPD/PPT, therefore making it less likely to react negatively with T-cell receptors that spark off allergic reactions, or contact dermatitis. That is, when a molecule fits into a T-cell receptor, an allergy exists. So ME+ has been developed so that it will not fit into the receptors.
Wella has created 22 shades of Innosense, which global creative director of color Josh Wood said equates to a limitless set of options. “When you have a paint box with 22 colors in it, you can create anything you want,” he said at the product’s launch in London.
The product offers 100 percent coverage and up to three levels of lift in shades from blonde and red to brunette and black.
“We developed this because at the core of what we do, we state that our goal is to elevate the profession,” said Wella global president Adil Mehboob-Khan. “In the spirit of elevating the profession, [innovation] is something that we wanted to do. It helps bring new customers in, eliminate the negative through the development of new science that could be the future.”
Mehboob-Khan said that the company had committed to growing its R&D investment by 5 to 10 percent over the next five years because it was encouraged by the strong results that the launches of Illumina and Color ID. “The investments are working for us,” he said. “Our reputation on color is strong and everything we’ve launched has been a success, not just for us but for our clients, driving their revenues by enabling them to try new services.”
“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