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.
@fearofgod and @maxfieldla have teamed up on a pop-up installation. The store, located in the gallery space across from Maxfield’s Melrose Ave location, is the site of the brand’s House of God pop-up in which Fear of God founder @jerrylorenzo has created a church-inspired installation. A dozen vintage church pews sit in front of an LED screen playing 90s gospel singers in an effort to re-create an environment akin to a Southern Baptist Church, Lorenzo explained. Read more about the pop-up on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Jennifer Johnson)
Known for his sleek, sophisticated American glamour, Norman Norell is the subject of an upcoming exhibition at @fitnyc. “Norell: Dean of American Fashion,” which runs from February 9 through April 14, will feature approximately 100 ensembles and accessories. His best work is exemplified by the designer’s glittering “mermaid” gowns frosted with thousands of hand-sewn sequins – like the one pictured. (📷: William Helburn) #wwdfashion
For pre-fall 2018, @balmain didn’t let go of the glitz. A crystal embroidered baseball jacket priced at around $40,000 hangs in the “couture” section of the brand’s first men’s pre-collection. Sporting the words “Balmain Army” across the back, the item took around two months to make. “When it was completed, it was like Christmas, it was like, ‘It’s done, it’s exactly what I wanted,’” said Balmain’s creative director @olivier_rousteing during a tour of the collection in a Paris showroom on Monday. #wwdfashion
Eighty degree temperatures and outdoor installations at the annual Art Basel Miami Beach called for bright, elevated beachwear. See more street style pictures on WWD.com. #theyarewearing #ABMB (📷: @lifeinreverie)
Following September’s emotional tribute to her brother Gianni, Donatella Versace wanted to bring the spring show’s deep sense of intimacy to her @versace_official pre-fall collection. Donatella found inspiration in Versace Palazzo in Milan and from Gianni’s opulent apartment. Archival patterns and new motifs were splashed on silk shirtdresses and fitted jersey frocks. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com. #wwdfashion
Demna Gvasalia continues to shake up the Paris fashion calendar — and experiment with new runway timetables for his @vetements_official brand. WWD has learned that Vetements plans to stage its next coed show for the fall 2018 season on January 19 during Men’s Fashion Week in the French capital. Details about the timing and venue have not been confirmed — stay tuned on WWD.com to catch the latest. #wwdnews (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
@zacposen's go-to holiday gift? Cookies! "I'll usually bake cookies and send them as a gift," said the designer, who recently released his cookbook "Cooking With Zac: Recipes from Rustic to Refined." Get the recipe for his Brown Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies via link in bio 🍪🍪🍪 #wwdeye #cookingwithzac
For @monsemaison’s pre-fall 2018 collection, Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim honed in on the brand’s many signatures — men’s wear, which was tweaked and feminized through deconstruction, proportion play and lots of bare shoulders. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
On Friday night, @yohjiyamamotoofficial received the Design for Asia Lifetime Achievement Award in Hong Kong. The 75-year-old designer has been celebrated for many years and is best known for his dark and avant-garde tailoring. “In my long career, in design, architecture, [I’ve been to] so many parties, this is the very first time that I have such a warm feeling, I really appreciate this,” Yamamoto said. #wwdfashion (📷: @dominiquemaitre)