Kate Somerville plans to kick off 2013 by entering South Korea and launching a slew of new products.
Somerville is working with Spruce Korea to enter the market in early 2013. According to Somerville chief executive officer Michelle Taylor, the overall Korean department store industry generates sales of well over $2 billion annually, making it a natural expansion target.
“We already have a presence in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Malaysia,” said Somerville. “Now, for Korea, we have a partner who not only has incredible experience and knowledge of the industry, but also a complete understanding of what luxury means.”
Cliff Park, chief executive officer of Spruce, and Jennifer Park, president, also oversaw Fresh’s entry into the Korean market 10 years ago, Taylor noted. Fresh is now said to generate $30 million at retail in South Korea annually.
In January, the brand will launch D-Scar Diminishing Serum, $45 for .66 oz. Powered by DS-7, a microencapsulated peptide that’s said to be essential to the skin renewal process, the product is designed to minimize the appearance of acne scars and scars occurring from minor injuries. It will be carried at Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Sephora, katesomerville.com and at Somerville’s clinic in Los Angeles. Industry sources estimated it would do about $2 million retail in its first year on counter.
Also in January, Somerville will launch RetAsphere 2-in-1 Retinol Night Cream, $85 for 1 oz. Its signature ingredient, the RetAsphere Smart-Release Carrier System, is designed to protect pure retinol in a lipid shell that melts evenly into the skin, helping prevent irritation and dryness. The delivery system is also said to penetrate deep into the epidermis, to help diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Seaweed Extract, with bio-derived hyaluronic acid, assists in sustained hydration. It will be sold on QVC and in Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Sephora, luxury spas, doctors’ offices, katesomerville.com and Somerville’s clinic in the U.S., as well as in Singapore, Malaysia and Canada. Industry sources estimated it could do $4 million at retail in its first year on counter.
Somerville’s third January launch, Body Glow, will retail for $45 for 5 oz. Its key ingredient, SolarX Complex, is said to provide broad spectrum protection against the damaging aging effects of UVA and UVB rays. Rosemary Extract offers antioxidant properties that help to fight free radicals, while caffeine is said to refine texture, improve tone, contour, and firm the appearance of skin. Light Reflective Pearls provide a soft shimmer said to minimize the appearance of skin imperfections. It will be carried at Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Sephora, luxury spas, katesomerville.com and Somerville’s clinic and could do $2 million at retail in the U.S. in its first year on counter.
“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