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which are in 90 percent of color products in the market and key to creating natural, brown and dark hair colors, have been replaced by a new molecule that is central to the formulation of Koleston Perfect Innosense.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.”
@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