“Have you ever been in a store and you see someone straightening the shelves?” laughingly asks Rosemarie Osborne, research fellow of P&G Beauty Science. “I’m one of those people who does that, to make sure everything is really neat looking.”
It’s no wonder Osborne takes such a proprietary interest in making sure that Olay skin care, in particular, is always shown to its best advantage—she’s responsible for many of the breakthroughs that have led to the creation of some of the brand’s most successful products.
After spending 13 years developing in vitro and laboratory models of skin as an alternative to animal testing (“As a result of my work, we saved thousands of rabbit lives,” Osborne notes), the scientist has most recently been working on skin discoloration issues. Osborne’s newest launch, Pro-X Even Skin Tone Spot Fading Treatment, is based on the research of Dr. Tomohiro Hakozaki of the University of Cincinnati, which identified the five fundamental pathways involved in the pigmentation process that leads to age spots, only 7 percent of which are actually related to pigmentation itself. “Ninety-three percent are related to other pathways,” says Osborne. “Who would have thought that?” She and her team identified phlorogine, an algae extract sourced from Brittany, to address the newly understood pathways. The resulting product launches in January; P&G claims clinical studies have shown it to be more effective than hydroquinone in treating dark spots.
Osborne lives for such moments. When asked how she feels when she discovers one of her products compares favorably with a prescription alternative, her answer is immediate: “Elation. Pure elation,” she says. “All the knowledge, all the connections, are crystallized into that moment and it is an absolute feeling of elation.”
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For @laperlalingerie's spring 2018 show, the brand chose to host their event at @thevenetianmacao. With Chinese megastars @bingbing_fan and @hubing in attendance, La Perla debuted a rock ‘n’ roll-inspired collection. The show marked the start of Sands Macao Fashion Week, which runs from October 19 to 24 — the city’s first such event. Pictured here are models backstage with glimmering eyes. #wwdfashion (📷: Cheuk-Yin To)
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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)