Has tea had its time? While those little leaves (whether green, white, black or red) were thought to be the key to longevity and youthful skin, recent research suggests plain old coffee may be the new darling of the antiaging world.
The first indication came when Stiefel Labs introduced RevaléSkin, a line featuring a patented coffee berry extract, at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology last February. Matt Swanson, Stiefel’s executive director of aesthetic marketing, says the fruit of the coffee plant contains tremendous amounts of antioxidants—up to 10 times higher than green tea—when harvested in its pre-ripened state.
“Our clinical studies have shown a visible improvement in wrinkles, redness, rough texture and hyperpigmentation after only six weeks,” he says.
This fall, Therapy Systems dips into the coffee pot with its Coffee Cherry Reparative Treatment, made with a powdered form of whole, unroasted beans. Both products differ from previous coffee-enhanced skin care products (like anticellulite potions, which draw water from cells and temporarily tighten skin), since their long-lasting benefits come from the antioxidant power of the fruit, not the caffeinated byproduct.
Caffeine, however, may have other advantages: Researchers in France found that women who down more than three daily cups are more likely to retain verbal and visual memories longer than their abstaining counterparts. Furthermore, a combination of caffeine and exercise may even have the ability to ward off skin cancer, according to physician Allan Conney, who conducted a study in which hairless mice drank the equivalent of one to two cups of caffeinated coffee a day.
“We don’t know exactly why, but the cells that had DNA damage caused by UVA rays were killed off,” he says.
“No one should stop using sunscreen, but hopefully this will prompt more research to see if the same response is true for humans.” Finally, justification for that Starbucks habit.
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews