Friday, May 18 —Mario Cantone was characteristically fearless as host of CEW’s 18th annual Insiders’ Choice Awards, but it was the bloggers who were the real stars. A dozen of the top online scribes were enlisted to present this year’s awards, underscoring their considerable influence with consumers. “Bloggers and online influencers are today’s superconsumers,” noted CEW’s president Carlotta Jacobson. “They are in constant contact with their readers and their followers value their opinion.” This year’s awards certainly gave them much to write about. Big winners included Shiseido, Clinique, Lancôme and Estée Lauder in the prestige arena, while L’Oréal Paris, Neutrogena, Sally Hansen and Cover Girl all took home honors on the mass side. The ceremony wasn’t dominated only by big brands. Up-and- comers like Ojon, Rita Hazan and Supergoop also received coveted crystal statues at the standing- room-only event.
Issa Rae stopped by WWD's NYC headquarters to talk about season two of "Insecure," which premieres this Sunday on HBO. Click link in bio for all the details. #wwdeye (📷: @jgreenery; Styled by @mayteallende)
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"