While the term “metrosexual” died a long, lingering (merciful) death a few years back, some of its ideologies still live on, specifically in the form of antiaging products for men. Many more males are coming to terms with the fact that it’s OK to buy products to make their skin look younger and healthier. Beauty companies are also realizing that men don’t want to steal their girlfriend’s antiwrinkle serums any more and are developing products specifically designed for their needs, which differ drastically from women’s. This spring, Kiehl’s, Clinique, Dior, Shiseido and Lab Series all have serious skin care targeted to the XY set. When it comes to aging, explains Martha Velando, director of global product development for Kiehl’s, men have the upper hand as their skin contains more collagen and elastin, making it firmer than women’s, meaning they start to show signs of aging later than women (we know, totally unfair). Whereas women start seeing the telltale signs in their mid- to late-20s, most men don’t start to notice crow’s feet and the like until their mid-30s. But when men age, says Michael Ingrassia, senior research scientist, skin biology, for the Estée Lauder Cos., it happens at a much quicker pace because that thick layer of collagen loses density and makes skin susceptible to environmental aggressors. The rigors and daily irritation of shaving also catch up with them as they age and wreak havoc on skin texture, causing roughness and wrinkles. Not surprisingly, men don’t like to fuss with multiple products and fancy descriptors. Says Velando, “They want fewer products that do more things. Because they already have to shave, they want their other products to do everything in one. They want practical products, a shorter routine and more direct language to tell them what the product does.” Because of the shaving factor, most men’s products have to be soothing and calming. Men’s thicker skin also means they crave fresher textures, nothing too creamy or heavy, and SPF is key, too, as most men don’t go to the trouble to slap on a sunscreen due to the heavy texture. As such, says Ingrassia, “Men tend to use less protection on the face and get age spots, making complexion issues a bit more prominent.” As the market and awareness for men’s skin care matures, the options available to them continue to expand. Says Velando, “During the last two years we have experienced explosive growth in the market and with all these brands coming out with products for men’s aging, [it shows] men are really ready to take care of their skin in a sophisticated way.”
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast