Grim economic conditions may be spreading gloom on the U.K. high street, however, the mighty mouse is putting up a strong fight. While overall retail growth inched up only 3.6 percent in 2007, online retail spending grew by 35 percent to $27.5 billion, according to Verdict Research. A plethora of beauty upstarts want a share of that pie, each offering its own take on pixilated prettying. Here, some recent Web entrants.
ASOS.com What: Celebrity-obsessed shoppers can snap up cosmetics as seen on their favorite stars. Kate Hudson fans are advised to buy YSL’s Touche Eclat, for example, while those wanting to look like The Black Eyed Peas’ Fergie can try Jelly Pong Pong’s Omnibronze bronzer. When: Eight-year-old fashion-oriented e-tailer ASOS has been bulking up its beauty offering and this year added premium brands such as Rodial, This Works and Elemis. Clicking With: 18- to 35-year-old women looking for a one-stop fashion and beauty shop. Best-Selling Basket Cases: Paul & Joe Cosmetic Purse ($30), Urban Decay Big Fatty Mascara ($24).
Cultbeauty.co.uk What: The British site is dedicated to the hottest and toughest-to-find cult items, including Pommade Divine, Belmacz makeup and COMO Shambhala bath and body products. When: Launched in London in June. Clicking With: Beauty junkies seeking under-the-radar brands, as well as overwhelmed shoppers looking for an edited selection of tried-and-tested must-haves. Best-Selling Basket Cases: Omorovicza Complexion Enhancer ($135), Yuroll, a jade face roller ($84).
LookMantastic.com What: A magazine-style beauty and grooming destination dedicated to guys, which sells products at prices lower than the high street. When: Launched in July, LookMantastic is an offshoot of seven-year-old e-tailing site LookFantastic, which grew from the salon chain of the same name founded by hairdresser Peter Crown. Clicking With: 18- to 40-year-old time-pressed well-groomed guys. Best-Selling Basket Cases: Redken for Men Go Clean Shampoo ($13.20), Anthony Logistics for Men Facial Scrub ($37.40), Lab Series Skincare for Men Invigorating Face Scrub ($33.70).
Puresha.com What: Glamour goes green with premium natural and organic brands, including Jo Wood organic bath and body products and Skinnyskinny organic soaps. When: Launched in early 2008 by former Pout marketer Jo Cruickshanks. Clicking With: 25- to 60-year-olds who love luxuries as much as they value health and the environment. Best-Selling Basket Cases: Patyka Face & Body Serum ($49), Tsi-La natural fragrances ($47), Chocolate Sun Cocoa Absolute Sunless for The Body ($46).
“What he has done at Vuitton is really exceptional,” said @gameofthrones’ actress Gwendoline Christie on @mrkimjones’ final show for @louisvuitton. “He has rebooted luxury in terms of making it commercial, viable and contemporary. And most importantly artistic. He has never compromised his artistic vision for the sake of commodity.” (📷: @zefashioninsider)
After seeing a demand for men’s wear from its customers, British contemporary women’s wear label @ariesarise has added a men’s wear component and will launch a unisex collection with @mrporterlive. The 20-piece collection includes jackets, denim, logo T-shirts and more with deconstructed ‘90s vibes. Set to launch on January 18, you can shop the pieces on Aries’ website and on mrporter.com. #wwdfashion
“And so spending so much time with a character who thinks like that, inevitability you try and analyze yourself and go back and think about your own demons and dark chapters that you had in your life,” says @thedanielbruhl of his role in TNT’s “The Alienist.” The show, set in the Gilded Age of New York, also stars Dakota Fanning and Luke Evans. Head to WWD.com to read about how 39-year-old Brühl prepared for the role and why he thinks the show is so relevant to today #wwdeye ( 📷: @Eriktanner)
Now that Celine Dion’s collection has topped $10 million in sales, the pop superstar, fashion icon and newly-minted industry player is eyeing growth in Asia. Read the full report by @tiffanyap, link in bio. #wwdnews #celinedion
“My personal philosophy to beauty is paying attention to oneself. I love to be outdoors, lots of fresh air, trying to take care of yourself as best you can. I always notice that comes through,” says Felicity Jones, the global face of @shiseido-owned @cledepeaubeauteus, which launches today. Head to WWD.com to read more about the actress’ love for beauty and how she prepared for her new role in “The Basis of Sex,” playing the young Ruth Bader Ginsburg. #wwdbeauty (📷: @dandoperalski)
Among the familiar faces at @off____white’s show was a surprise figure: Japanese artist @takashipom, pictured here on Wednesday morning. Other show-goers included @jerrylorenzo, who spoke about his upcoming project: a @nike collaboration for back to school, with designs inspired by his childhood on the West Coast. Sitting in the front row were Future, Don Crawley, @miguel and more. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: Stephane Feugere)
According to @laurentsai, former “Terrace House: Aloha State” cast member, she didn’t know she was auditioning for the Japanese version of “Real World.” “I was telling a couple of my friends and someone’s like, ‘That sounds a lot like Terrace House.’ I was like, ’No it can’t be.’” Turns out, it was. But Tsai isn’t just a reality star — she’s an illustrator who has worked with Starbucks Japan and most recently, she’s dipping her toes into the fashion world. Head to WWD.com to read about her time on the show, modeling and her art. #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
More changes are coming to New York Fashion Week: Beginning with the spring 2019 collection, @alexanderwangny will move his New York show to June from September, adopting a biannual schedule with collections shown in June and December. Additionally, the @cfda is planning for an official summer/winter fashion season taking place as soon as June and December 2018. Read more about the upcoming changes on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @slovekinpics)