Yves Saint Laurent’s fashion business may have garnered the public-relations spotlight this year as newly appointed designer Hedi Slimane unveiled his transformative plans for the brand, but it was the beauty business that really shone. The brand went from strength to strength, backed by hard-hitting launches in the makeup, skin-care and fragrance segments. Its Rouge Pur Couture Vernis à Lèvres was a game-changer, creating a new lip-product segment that’s a mix of lipstick, gloss and stain, and kicked off an industry trend for hybrid products. Also on the makeup front, 20 years after introducing its blockbuster Touche Eclat Radiant Touch, the L’Oréal-run brand launched a related foundation, Le Teint Touche Eclat. In treatment, YSL debuted Forever Youth Liberator, a line based on the cut- ting-edge science of glycobiology. In fragrance, there was Manifesto, which is billed to be a declaration of contemporary femininity and designed to become a second pillar worldwide, beside Opium. Actress Jessica Chastain was tapped to be ambassador for the project, starring in the film advertisement lensed by Nicolas Winding Refn and the still campaign photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. The future, it seems, couldn’t be brighter.
@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