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.
@moncler unveiled its latest project, #MonclerGenius, yesterday at Milan Fashion Week. The Italian outwear maker gave show-goers a preview of the monthly collections – which were created by eight designers and creative talents including Pierpaolo Piccioli, Simone Rocha, Craig Green and more – that will start rolling out in the summer.
In honor of Rihanna’s 30th birthday, we took a look back at an interview with the Barbados-native when she was just 18 years old. Here, she talked about her second album, “A Girl Like Me” in 2006. “I want to be me. I want people to fall in love with who Rihanna is, and that’s why I want the album to be about me so people can really find out who this girl Rihanna is, because they only know the ‘Pon de Replay’ girl.” Fast forward 12 years, and she’s released six more albums and has become a powerhouse in both the fashion and music industries. Happy birthday, @badgalriri 🎈(📷: Pavel Antonov) #wwdarchive