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).
“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