After dealing with her own skin issues, and seeing thousands of patients with similar complaints, dermatologist Susan Taylor created a skin care system to address the specific needs of deep skin tones. Why does brown skin need specialized products? There are fundamental and structural differences compared to Caucasian skin. We have more melanin, which has some advantages, like better protection from the sun and skin cancer, but also problems like uneven skin tone and hyperpigmentation. Brown skin can be very sensitive or rosacea-prone, too, even if it doesn’t show up as redness the way it does on Caucasian skin, and our acne scars can last for months. That’s why I don’t use ingredients that can cause inflammation or irritation. My products also don’t contain ingredients like alcohol and lanolin, which can cause both. What’s the biggest mistake made by women with darker complexions when it comes to taking care of their skin? Definitely not using sunscreen. It’s critically important, since the sun can make uneven tone even worse, undoing any benefits from skin care.
What’s the star product of the line, and why? I can’t choose between the Absolute Radiance Intensive Exfoliating Serum, which has glycolic acid to gently remove dead skin cells, soy to even out tone and pomegranate to decrease inflammation, or the Naturally Flawless Advanced Botanical Brightener, made with bearberry, black tea and allantoin, which work to fade dark spots.
What recent in-office advances have been made for darker skin tones? Now women with dark skin can safely get laser hair removal, since the newer light sources are capable of targeting just hair, not melanin. The Fraxel laser, in experienced hands, can be great at evening out tone and stimulating collagen without risk of scarring.
Can anyone with any skin tone use your products? Absolutely, especially anyone with uneven skin tone or hyperpigmentation, and even those with sensitivity or rosacea, because the ingredients are so good and well thought out.
Dr. Susan Taylor’s Rx for Brown Skin, $18-$34, at Sephora
Taking the final spot on the mens’ portion of New York Fashion Week calendar next month will be none other than @tomford. Though he’s shown his men’s wear in New York in the past, this will mark the first time the designer has shown his men’s collection alone during New York Fashion Week: Men’s. His runway show will debut on February 6 at the Park Avenue Armory. #wwdfashion
London-based couture house @ralphandrusso has certainly been in the spotlight, having its dresses worn by @beyonce, Angelina Jolie, Meghan Markle in her engagement photos and more. For couture, Tamara Ralph focused on ornamentation — think: feathers with chain mail, jet embroidery and clusters of pearls and crystals. See the rest of the collection on WWD.com #wwdfashion #couture (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
Minnie Mouse celebrated her 90th birthday by getting her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For her celebratory luncheon, @coach’s creative director @stuartvevers dressed her in a custom made prairie dress, complete with Vever’s take on the polka dot – black sequined versions – under a cropped motorcycle jacket. The designer also put his own mark on Minnie’s classic red shoes, infusing the color with sparkles and adding some Coach crystals. “We chose colors that were very Minnie and also represented quintessential Coach elements,” said Vevers. #wwdfashion #nationalpolkadotday (📷: George Chinsee)
@nickjonas is unveiling his first-ever apparel collection through a partnership with John Varvatos. The limited-edition capsule, which makes its debut in spring, also marks the first time the designer has collaborated with anyone on a line. “The process in working with Nick is amazing. It’s inspiring to be around someone who is not only connected with the trade that they do, but also with what’s happening in the environment around him, and how that connects to what we do with style,” said Varvatos. (RG: @johnvarvatos) #wwdfashion
@margotrobbie steps out onto the red carpet wearing @miumiu. The actress is nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role” in “I, Tonya” at the #SagAwards. (📷: Stewart Cook) #wwdfashion
For @massimogiorgetti of @msgm, the Nineties are his favorite decade. “They had a huge impact on my personal growth. What I like of the Nineties is that they are not so precise in terms of style as other decades…there was actually a bit of everything,” he said. As seen on MSGM’s Spring 2018 show: tie-dye and a bit of grunge, two styles that are synonymous with the decade #wwdfashion #wwddecades (📷: @kukukuba)