Pretty Ugly LLC, creator of the Uglydoll characters and plush toys, has entered into a licensing agreement with Boldface Group Inc. for beauty and personal care products. The Uglydoll license is Boldface’s third overall and first outside of the celebrity category. Boldface developed Khroma Beauty by Kourtney, Kim and Khloé Kardashian and is introducing fragrance, shave and body products under license with Mario Lopez later this year.
“We are committed to the positive message that ‘ugly’ is the new beautiful. The brand’s specific, unisex attitude and whimsical edge will be conveyed through design, packaging, unique scents and the use of quality ingredients with result-driven formulas,” said Boldface chief executive officer Nicole Ostoya, who elaborated that Boldface was intrigued by Uglydoll because it saw the potential for the brand’s humor and eccentricity to resonate with customers across a variety of age groups.
Alita Friedman, Pretty Ugly’s chief brand officer, realized that Uglydoll could translate into beauty when she saw the Harajuku Lovers perfumes on shelves. Although Uglydoll’s beauty merchandise won’t be similar to those perfumes, they demonstrated to her that characters could be turned into fanciful beauty products. “Playing on the word ‘ugly’ is so much fun to think of in the beauty realm,” said Friedman.
Ostoya emphasized that Boldface would bring Uglydoll beauty products “to life the way the artist wants to see it done.”
To that point, Robin Coe-Hutshing, creative director of Boldface, added, “It truly is a design brand. Its points of distribution are [primarily] not in the toy market, but in the specialty store market. We approach it as a design brand and not a toy brand.”
Boldface is planning two separate beauty concepts under the Uglydoll umbrella. There will be a capsule collection containing lip glosses and nail items aimed at high-end department stores and priced roughly from $20 to $50. There will also be a bath and body care line for more general distribution priced mostly from $6 to $25. A small number of Uglydoll beauty products will launch in time for the holiday shopping season followed by a full rollout next year.
London’s newly opened @designmuseum will look back on the life and work of Azzedine Alaïa in a show that the designer helped to curate before he died of heart failure last month. The retrospective, which Alaïa had worked on with Mark Wilson, chief curator of the @groningermuseum, will look at the impact of his work worldwide. The show, “Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier,” will run from May 10 to October 7. Read more about the exhibit on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @zefashioninsider)
@Pharrell and his wife Helen Lasichanh were among the stars that came out to celebrate @rimowa’s first pop-up concept shop. The space, which is located on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, draws inspiration from airport luggage carousels and lounge areas – and features the company’s luggage and accessories. If the pop-up is successful it could pave the way for addition temporary shops throughout the world. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA)
@carineroitfeld celebrated @crfashionbook’s first calendar last night with a dinner party at Spring Place in Manhattan. Photographed by @stevenkleinstudio, the calendar takes on a fitness theme and features @joansmalls, @gigihadid, @danielle_herrington_ – pictured here – and more. “[Carine Roitfeld] wanted me to feel sexy and she wanted me to be myself and feel it out on my own and do what I felt was right,” said Herrington, aka Miss October. #wwdeye
@saintrecords and @virgilabloh last night at @americanexpress’ “A Night With Success Makers” event. “I always bring it back to community because without that I wouldn’t have the courage,” said Knowles when asked how she has gotten where she is now. Read more highlights from their conversation on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @lizdoupnik)
This Just In: Industry sources have told WWD that Anastasia Soare is rumored to be considering selling her beauty business, @anastasiabeverlyhills. According to those sources, Soare has tapped investment bank Imperial Capital to explore sale options for her eponymous beauty brand –– and with at least $340 million in net sales, this would be a big deal. Put in context of other recent transactions for makeup companies, Soare’s price tag could be in the billions if she were to sell the whole thing. #wwdnews #wwdbeauty (📷: @clint_spaulding)
@assouline’s latest book, “The Spirit of Bentley: Be Extraordinary” captures the adventurous attitudes and opulent lifestyles of @bentleymotors’ most creative owners and enthusiasts throughout the U.K. The 292-page hardcover has a section dedicated to showing its team of skilled artisans and photos of its most colorful owners, from George Bamford to designer @alicetemperley, pictured here by Aline Coquelle. #wwdeye
@google released its report on the most popular search terms this year. For fashion brands, the list was led by @gucci, the luxury brand that stunned the market last October when it pledged to stop using fur. Runner ups were @supremenewyork and @fashionnova, along with more established brands like @louisvuitton, @chanelofficial and @ysl. #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
In yet another fashion show shuffle, @elleryland is moving its show in sync with the Paris couture calendar — though the brand is still keeping one foot on the city’s ready-to-wear schedule. Their runway show in January will coincide with the launch of a new strategy: designing two main collections each year instead of four, which will then be released in four drops. “As we all know, the system needs to change. We need to show sooner to give time back to artisans and designers to do what they do best — create,” said founder Kym Ellery. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
@maxmara’s classic 101801 coat was the cornerstone of its pre-fall 2018 collection. The design team expanded the traditional double-breasted, kimono-sleeved style into a trapeze coat, lean belted styles and a peacoat and presented them in monochromatic looks – like the camel one pictured here. #wwdfashion #prefall18 (📷: George Chinsee)